The Pharma Concepts team of IP professionals offers you a unique combination of scientific and R&D expertise in the pharmaceutical, medical and biotechnology field paired with long-term IP experience gained in major private law firms as well as industrial in-house patent departments.

Karsten Cremer
Founder | Managing Partner
European Patent Attorney | PhD in Pharmaceutics

Karsten is an IP expert and pharmaceutical scientist with a significant industrial background. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in new technology & product development and all related IP issues.
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Kurt Schellhaas
Senior Associate
European Patent Attorney | PhD in Chemistry

Kurt joined Pharma Concepts in 2016 as a Senior Associate on the basis of almost 20 years of professional experience in academia and industry. He completed his studies in Chemistry at J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt and holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Technical University Berlin. After his postdoctoral studies at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California he joined BASF SE as a medicinal chemist. In 2002 he decided to focus his professional career on the field of Intellectual Property and joined the BASF Global IP department where he worked as a European Patent Attorney and Senior Patent Counsel in the field of vitamins and precursors thereof, APIs and pharmaceutical intermediates as well as aroma chemicals covering a broad range of technologies from lab to world scale applications. In 2009, Kurt joined Roche Diagnostics broadening his area of IP practice to consumer medical technology and devices in the area of Diabetes Care as a Senior Counsel and finally as Head of Patents Diabetes Care.

Xiao Yin Mak
Associate
European Patent Attorney | PhD in Chemistry

Xiao Yin is a European Patent Attorney specialised in pharmaceutics, life sciences and chemistry. She received degrees in Biochemistry (B.S.) and Chemistry (B.A.) from the University of Rochester and completed her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property from Bournemouth University. Xiao Yin has been working with Pharma Concepts since 2011.

Alexander Albrecht
Associate
European Patent Attorney | PhD in Chemistry

Alexander joined the team in 2016 after he had passed the European Qualification Examination. He is a European Patent attorney specialized in biochemistry. Alexander received his diploma and PhD in chemistry at the Philipps University of Marburg in the Group of Professor Marahiel. After a short Post-Doc period, he started his training as a European Patent Attorney. During his training, he focused on Life Sciences and Pharmaceutics. His main fields of expertise were sequencing technologies, pharmaceutical compositions and biomarkers. During his training, Alexander co-authored articles on the case law of second medical use claims, in particular relating to novel dosage regimens and specified patient groups, as well as the case law on second medical use of medical devices.

Katrin Steiner
Associate
European Patent Attorney | PhD in Pharmaceutics

Katrin is a European Patent attorney specialized in pharmaceutics. Prior to joining Pharma Concepts as a trainee in 2011, Katrin studied pharmacy at the Freie Universität Berlin and obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology from the same university in the working group of Prof. Bodmeier. She worked extensively in the field of controlled release dosage forms, including oral, injectable, transdermal and transmucosal dosage forms. In addition, Katrin is experienced in the fields of medical devices, processing technology and food chemistry.

Barbara Guggenmos
Of Counsel
Attorney at Law | M.Sc. in Chemistry

Barbara is an attorney-at-law admitted to the German courts. She received a degree in chemistry from the Technical University of Munich and studied law at the Ludwig- Maximilians-University of Munich to specialise in Intellectual Property. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in IP. Her main field is trademark law with a focus on the pharmaceutical field, and she regularly advises and represents clients on global trademark strategies.

Janin Hofmann
Trainee European Patent Attorney
PhD in Biochemistry

Janin has more than ten years experience in patent consulting and technology transfer. As Senior Consultant at Patev Associates GmbH she evaluated and shaped patent portfolios of customers and provided consulting support for patent-related corporate activities. Further patent services were IP searches and analyses, monetary patent evaluation and IP administration. Until 2013 she worked as licencing manager at ipal Gesellschaft für Patentverwertung Berlin mbH, a company of Investitionsbank Berlin and Berlin´s universities for technology marketing. She joined ipal in 2005 as an IP analyst with a focus in life science, especially pharmacology, medical technology and research tools. Janin holds a degree and PhD in biochemistry from the University Potsdam. She also obtained an advanced training certificate on patent law for engineers and scientist of the Beuth university of applied sciences.