"One does not simply collect an intellectual property right, one has to deserve it.”



René Raggers, Ph.D.


Dutch & European Patent Attorney
(associate partner)


molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, biotechnology, food technology, health care & pharmacy and general chemistry




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René Raggers studied molecular biology in Groningen, worked at the ETH in Zurich, and wrote his PhD thesis on cellular biology cancer research at the Amsterdam Medical Center. He has also majored in business administration. René has been with EP&C since 2005. Prior to that, he was responsible for scientific innovation and product development in the food industry.

René is determined, diplomatic, cheerful and quick. “As an attorney you have to be able to think like your clients. It is my job to be effective and efficient when applying for patents, when upholding patent laws and when problems arise involving third parties. I will do whatever it takes to make sure my client’s rights are properly protected.”

IAM magazine (international magazine about IP about René;

June 2013
"Superb communicator” René Raggers has garnered broad skills, having studied molecular biology at an advanced level, alongside business administration, and having also held product development posts in the food industry. His practice is predominantly life sciences oriented.

June 2012 
"Rene Raggers is a rising star in pharmaceutical cases; his incisive thinking and excellent communication skills leave sources always glad to have him on board. He possesses considerable expertise in molecular biology".


Sientific publications

Raggers RJ, Vogels I, Van Meer G. Upregulation of the expression of endogenous Mdr1 P-glycoprotein enhances lipid translocation in MDCK cells transfected with human MRP2. Histochem Cell Biol. 2002 Feb;117(2):181-5.

Holthuis JC, Pomorski T, Raggers RJ, Sprong H, Van Meer G. The organizing potential of sphingolipids in intracellular membrane transport. Physiol Rev. 2001 Oct;81(4):1689-723.

Raggers RJ, Vogels I, Van Meer G. Multidrug-resistance P-glycoprotein (MDR1) secretes platelet-activating factor. Biochem J. 2001 Aug 1;357(Pt 3):859-65.

Raggers RJ, Pomorski T, Holthuis JC, Kalin N, Van Meer G. Lipid traffic: the ABC of transbilayer movement. Traffic. 2000 Mar;1(3):226-34.

Sillence DJ, Raggers RJ, Van Meer G. Assays for transmembrane movement of sphingolipids. Methods Enzymol. 2000;312:562-79.

Sillence DJ, Raggers RJ, Neville DC, Harvey DJ, Van Meer G. Assay for the transbilayer distribution of glycolipids. Selective oxidation of glucosylceramide to glucuronylceramide by TEMPO nitroxyl radicals. J Lipid Res. 2000 Aug;41(8):1252-60.

Van Meer G, Sillence D, Sprong H, Kalin N, Raggers R. Transport of (glyco)sphingolipids in and between cellular membranes; multidrug transporters and lateral domains. Biosci Rep. 1999 Aug;19(4):327-33.

Raggers RJ, van Helvoort A, Evers R, Van Meer G. The human multidrug resistance protein MRP1 translocates sphingolipid analogs across the plasma membrane. J Cell Sci. 1999 Feb;112 ( Pt 3):415-22.

Van den Bergh ER, Baker SC, Raggers RJ, Terpstra P, Woudstra EC, Dijkhuizen L, Meijer WG. Primary structure and phylogeny of the Calvin cycle enzymes transketolase and fructosebisphosphate aldolase of Xanthobacter flavus. J Bacteriol. 1996 Feb;178(3):888-93.

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