Chiou Yu is Head of the Chemical/Life Sciences team in Asia and is a registered Singapore patent attorney. Chiou Yu has extensive experience in patent practice in Asia and assists clients with patent prosecution, patent strategy, searches and opinion advice. She is also involved in drafting, prosecution and management of patent applications for a number of Singapore-based clients seeking to file in Singapore and in the major patent jurisdictions.
Chiou Yu mainly handles patent applications in the fields of chemistry, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, materials and biotechnology. She is also an Examiner of the Singapore Patent Agent Qualifying Examinations administered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.
Chiou Yu graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical (Hons) degree from the National University of Singapore with a specialisation in Biopharmaceutical Engineering. During the course of her study, she was involved in research work in the area of oil spills bioremediation, particularly in the immobilization of microorganisms to a solid matrix.
Chiou Yu also did a six months industrial attachment with an A*STAR research institute researching on characterizing the identity and functions of a novel protein. Subsequently, Chiou Yu went on to pursue a Masters of Science in Biotechnology from the Johns Hopkins University (Maryland, United States of America) with a concentration in Biodefense.
Chiou Yu was involved in an 18 months training stint in an US based biopharmaceutical company as a Bioprocess Engineer Trainee sponsored by a government statutory board where she was involved in developing and optimizing a novel process for culturing mammalian cells. Upon return, Chiou Yu worked in an A*STAR research institute before joining Spruson & Ferguson.