Phil assists the firm in patent prosecution in the areas of pharmaceuticals, organic chemistry, and biotechnology. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, synthetic methodology, and polymer chemistry.

Prior to joining the firm, Phil obtained his PhD in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Rick Danheiser. His doctoral research focused on the development of new cycloaddition strategies for the synthesis of highly-substituted nitrogen heterocycles.

Phil completed his undergraduate studies at Northeastern University where he obtained degrees in both chemistry and philosophy. During this time, he also worked as a Co-op in the pharmaceutical industry. At Merck Research Laboratories, Phil developed new synthetic methods for the preparation of important molecular scaffolds. At Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, he worked as a medicinal chemist in the area of infectious diseases.
  • Prepared and prosecuted patent applications relating to small molecule therapeutics, combination therapies, pharmaceutical formulations, polypeptides and oligonucleotides, nanoparticles, bioconjugate chemistry, synthetic methods, and polymer compositions
  • Conducted patentability and freedom-to-operate searches and analyses, including chemical structure searching
  • Assisted with due diligence reviews of complex patent portfolios
  • American Chemical Society
  • Suffolk Law School Recognition for Outstanding Performance in Legal Writing
  • MIT Department of Chemistry Award for Continued Excellence in Teaching
  • Amgen Summer Graduate Fellowship 
  • ACS POLYED Award for Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry
  • Northeastern University Department of Chemistry Leadership Award
  • Merck Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Northeastern University Excellence in Writing Award


Scientific Publications

Hamzik, P. J.; Brubaker, J. D. “Reactions of Oxetan-3-tert-butylsulfinimine for the Preparation of Substituted 3-Aminooxetanes” Org. Lett. 2010, 12, 1116–1119.

Hamzik, P. J.; Hautecloque, A.-S.; Takai, S.; Danheiser, R. L. “Imino Diels–Alder Reactions of N,N-Dimethylhydrazones and Oximino Ethers. Application in Formal [2 + 2 + 2] Cycloadditions for the Synthesis of Pyridines”, J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 12975-19911


Phil is an avid reader of literature and philosophy who also enjoys cooking and staying active.
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Phil assists the firm in patent prosecution in the areas of pharmaceuticals, organic chemistry, and biotechnology. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, synthetic methodology, and polymer chemistry.

Prior to joining the firm, Phil obtained his PhD in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Rick Danheiser. His doctoral research focused on the development of new cycloaddition strategies for the synthesis of highly-substituted nitrogen heterocycles.

Phil completed his undergraduate studies at Northeastern University where he obtained degrees in both chemistry and philosophy. During this time, he also worked as a Co-op in the pharmaceutical industry. At Merck Research Laboratories, Phil developed new synthetic methods for the preparation of important molecular scaffolds. At Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, he worked as a medicinal chemist in the area of infectious diseases.
  • Prepared and prosecuted patent applications relating to small molecule therapeutics, combination therapies, pharmaceutical formulations, polypeptides and oligonucleotides, nanoparticles, bioconjugate chemistry, synthetic methods, and polymer compositions
  • Conducted patentability and freedom-to-operate searches and analyses, including chemical structure searching
  • Assisted with due diligence reviews of complex patent portfolios
  • American Chemical Society
  • Suffolk Law School Recognition for Outstanding Performance in Legal Writing
  • MIT Department of Chemistry Award for Continued Excellence in Teaching
  • Amgen Summer Graduate Fellowship 
  • ACS POLYED Award for Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry
  • Northeastern University Department of Chemistry Leadership Award
  • Merck Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Northeastern University Excellence in Writing Award

Scientific Publications

Hamzik, P. J.; Brubaker, J. D. “Reactions of Oxetan-3-tert-butylsulfinimine for the Preparation of Substituted 3-Aminooxetanes” Org. Lett. 2010, 12, 1116–1119.

Hamzik, P. J.; Hautecloque, A.-S.; Takai, S.; Danheiser, R. L. “Imino Diels–Alder Reactions of N,N-Dimethylhydrazones and Oximino Ethers. Application in Formal [2 + 2 + 2] Cycloadditions for the Synthesis of Pyridines”, J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 12975-19911



Phil is an avid reader of literature and philosophy who also enjoys cooking and staying active.