Gabriella Chan PhD, JD Founder

Gabriella Chan PhD, JD

Client benefits

Dr. Gabriella (Farcas) Chan’s multidisciplinary background and strategic focus, gleaned from practical industry insight, provides a uniquely sophisticated level of technical and practical knowledge and legal expertise that translates into well-rounded advice and a competitive business advantage for Yocto’s clients. In particular, her startup clients appreciate her mentorship and guidance in all aspects of starting a business.


Gabriella holds a law degree (JD) with a focus in  business and intellectual property from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, a doctorate (PhD) in molecular diagnostics from the University of Toronto, a bachelors of science degree (Honours BSc, Magna Cum Laude) in biology from Loyola University Chicago, and a bachelor of arts degree (Honours BA, Summa Cum Laude) in art history, also from Loyola University Chicago.

In addition, Gabriella holds a Regulatory Affairs Certificate in Medical Devices from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS).


Gabriella obtained her legal training at a national Bay Street law firm in Toronto and has direct experience working with small businesses and start-up companies.

Gabriella most recently served as the Vice President of Legal Affairs at a Toronto-area nanotechnology company and previously as the Intellectual Property and Technology Manager at another Toronto-area biotechnology startup.

She has significant  experience working closely with world renowned scientific researchers to commercialize academic research, as well as experience negotiating licensing agreements with university technology transfer offices.

Gabriella acted as a Small Business Clinic advisor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she provided legal advice to small business owners in the Toronto area, and she also received intensive training in founding life sciences and technology companies in Oxford, United Kingdom though the  Biotechnology YES Program.

In addition, Gabriella has practical clinical study experience working with lung transplantation populations.

Scientific background

Gabriella’s doctoral work focused on molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases, particularly malaria and SARS-CoV, while her post-doctoral research focused on the development of nanotechnology-based hand-held medical diagnostic devices. Her graduate work was supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award and the University of Toronto’s prestigious Connaught Scholarship.

She published extensively  and presented her work at national and international conferences.


  • Called to the Ontario Bar in 2010
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS)
  • Licesing Executives Society (USA & Canada)