Gabriella Chan
Lead Legal
Dr. Gabriella Chan is a lawyer, scientist, educator, and startup mentor. Gabriella’s Ph.D. work focused on molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases, particularly malaria and SARS-CoV, supported by the University of Toronto’s prestigious Connaught Scholarship and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award. As a post-doctoral researcher, she participated in the developed of nanotechnology-based hand-held diagnostic device. While working for a biotechnology startup and liaising with the company’s lawyers in her role as an Intellectual Property and Technology Manager after completing her scientific training, Gabriella identified a gap. Scientists don’t speak legalize and lawyers don’t always appreciate the science behind their clients’ products. To bridge that gap, Gabriella obtained a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School with a focus in business and intellectual property and trained at a national Bay Street law firm in Toronto. Gabriella continued to hone her legal skills in her role as Vice President of Legal Affairs at another Toronto-area nanotechnology startup and later founded Yocto Law® Professional Corporation, a boutique law firm that advises startups and other stakeholders in the life sciences and health technology sectors. Driven by her goal to educate students about the importance of intellectual property and the translation of inventions from bed to bedside, Gabriella also serves as a core faculty member of the Translational Research Program in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In that role she developed and teaches short courses on intellectual property, privacy, regulatory affairs, and commercialization. Gabriella’s diverse background enriches her ability to empathize with her clients’ challenges and to tailor her advice to her clients’ immediate and long-term legal needs.