Joanne van Harmelen

Joanne van Harmelen

Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Joanne van Harmelen heads up the biotechnology and life sciences cluster in ENSafrica’s  intellectual property (“IP”) department. She is a qualified patent attorney specialising in patent filing and prosecution in the biotech, pharmaceuticals and chemicals sectors.

Joanne holds a PhD in medical microbiology and vaccine development. She has extensive experience in the field of biotechnology and life sciences as well as in pharmaceutical and chemical inventions, having prepared and filed patent applications locally and in foreign jurisdictions in the fields of microbiology, biochemistry, molecular medicine, agrobiology, bioprocessing, pharmaceuticals and biologics, nutriceuticals, cosmetics, hydrometallurgical processes, polymer processes, and food sciences.  Joanne is also experienced in the preparation and filing of plant breeders’ rights applications.


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Future of legal services - Africa and Middle East


  • Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Industrial design right
  • Agriculture
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Practice
  • Patents


  • English - Native/bilingual

Qualified in

  • South Africa