Dr Amanda Odell-West

Lecturer in Law

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Before transitioning to law, Amanda was Research Sister on a Cardiovascular Genetics Programme at Sheffield University. This involved identifying and consenting research participants (with angiographically characterised coronary disease) and their families, isolating genomic DNA from collected blood samples, performing the genotyping for genes of interest (e.g. interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RN), IL-1beta, IL-1alpha and TNF alpha variants) using polymerase chain reaction, maintaining a DNA database and promoting public engagement. Amanda also held an elected position on the council of Association of British Cardiac Nurses (incorporating the Interventional Cardiology Nurses' Society), organising conferences and CPD study days.


Amanda obtained a qualifying law degree (MA Law) and PhD (funded by the Law School) at Sheffield University. Her published doctoral research involved empirical work with medical practitioners on the relevance of the medical exclusion in patent law. During her doctorate, she was a lead researcher on 'Government Use of Patents', a report commissioned by the Canadian Department of Health. After joining the School of Law at Manchester University, she served as a member of the education committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA, London) and obtained funding to set up an IP seminar series for staff and students provided by leading IP practitioners and academics. She is a member of the CSEP research centre, IP-Bio and the European Intellectual Property Teachers Network. Amanda currently teaches intellectual property law and torts.

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  • 2005 - Doctor of Philosophy, Should the medical exclusion within patent law be amended or removed?, The University of Sheffield

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