Graeme Boocock

Graeme Boocock PhD


Executive Summary

Graeme Boocock specializes in drafting and prosecution of patent applications relating to all areas of the life sciences, molecular biology and biotechnology. He is a patent agent at the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Graeme also counsels clients on patenting strategies, and assists clients with managing their patent portfolios internationally.

Graeme conducted his doctoral research while based at The Hospital for Sick Children (University of Toronto), and received his PhD in 2006. His doctoral research culminated in the discovery of the gene that is mutated in Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, an inherited disease associated with bone marrow failure, leukemia risk and varied developmental issues. Graeme then worked for three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. Past research activities have focused on human genetics, functional studies in model systems, protein engineering and synthetic biology.

Representative Work

  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications for biotechnology, life sciences and pharmaceutical inventions for Canadian and international patent offices.
  • Providing opinions on patentability, infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate issues.
  • Advising and assisting with technology transfer in Canadian universities and teaching hospitals.

Publications & Presentations

Academic Publications

  • Boocock, Steinberg & Somburg, The German-Jewish Psychiatrist James Lewin: A Victim Twice Forgotten,” Der Nervenarzt, 2012, 83(1): 71-5.
  • Boocock, Marit & Rommens, “Phylogeny, sequence conservation, and functional complementation of the SBDS protein family,” Genomics, 2006, 87(6): 758-71.
  • Shammas, Menne, Hilcenko, Michell, Goyenechea, Boocock et al., “Structural and mutational analysis of the SBDS protein family. Insight into the leukemia-associated Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome,” Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2005, 280(19): 19221-9.
  • Boocock et al., “Mutations in SBDS are associated with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome,” Nature Genetics, 2003, 33(1): 97-101.
  • Goobie, Popovic, Morrison, Ellis  Ginzberg, Boocock et al., “Shwachman-Diamond syndrome with exocrine pancreatic dysfunction and bone marrow failure maps to the centromeric region of chromosome 7,” American Journal of Human Genetics, 2001, 68(4): 1048-54.