Kingsley L. Taft

Kingsley L. Taft

Partner Co-Chair, Life Sciences Practice
Kingsley L. Taft

Kingsley Taft is a senior partner and national co-chair of Goodwin's Life Sciences Practice and member of the Allocations Committee. He represents emerging to mature life sciences companies in all aspects of their business and legal affairs, including company formation, venture financings, strategic alliances, M&A, IPOs and other financing transactions. Mr. Taft has extensive experience in assisting clients with JVs, strategic alliances and collaborations.

Mr. Taft has been recognized as a leading life sciences attorney by numerous legal guides. He has been annually ranked for more than a decade in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Nationwide, Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial – Band 1). Mr. Taft was inducted into the LMG Life Sciences Hall of Fame, an honor recognizing only a handful of attorneys for their industry contributions.

Before attending Harvard Law School, Mr. Taft earned a B.S in Chemistry from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Taft regularly serves as outside general counsel to biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and medtech companies, closely advising management and directors as these companies raise capital, in-license and acquire IP and other assets, and then partner their technology, all with a view towards growth and liquidity. He also represents life science investors in connection with their portfolio investments.

Recognition

Mr. Taft has been recognized by numerous legal guides for legal and life sciences industry expertise. In addition to the two listings noted above, Mr. Taft has also been named as a leading business lawyer by U.S. News-Best Lawyers (Biotechnology Law), LMG Life Sciences (Life Sciences Star), The Legal 500 United States (Healthcare: Life Sciences and Venture Capital and Emerging Companies), PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook (Commercial and Partnering), IAM Patent 1000 (Licensing) and The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers (Transactional).

Under his leadership, Goodwin’s Life Sciences Practice has received numerous awards and honors, including U.S. News’ Biotechnology Law Firm of the Year three years running (2013-2015), LMG Life Sciences’ Venture Capital Law Firm of the Year (2016), and perennial nationwide recognition by Chambers USA.

Experience

Representative Matters

Strategic Alliances and M&A
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals in its global agreement with Regeneron to develop and commercialize the phase 3 novel nerve growth factor antibody fasinumab and to share in its global commercial value, for $250 million upfront and the payment of ongoing R&D costs of approximately $1 billion
  • Moderna Therapeutics in numerous strategic transactions beginning with AstraZeneca, Alexion and Merck with aggregate upfront deal value in excess of $650 million (plus downstream payments); and in its strategic collaboration with Merck to advance novel mRNA-based personalized cancer vaccines, with an upfront payment of $200 million.
  • Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to Stemcentrx in its sale to AbbVie for $5.8 billion in cash and stock, and up to an additional $4 billion in cash in success-based milestone payments
  • Intellia Therapeutics in its multi-year collaboration with Regeneron on CRISPR/Cas gene-editing technology for in vivo therapeutic development, with $75 million upfront and potential milestone and royalty payments
  • Padlock Therapeutics in its sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb, valued up to $600 million with up-front and near-term payments of $225 million
  • Blueprint Medicines in its worldwide collaboration with Roche, valued up to $1 billion with a $45 million upfront payment
  • Surface Oncology in its collaboration with Novartis to develop next generation immunotherapeutics, with Surface to receive up to $170 million in near term cash, plus milestones and royalties
  • Promedior in its exclusive purchase option agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb with potential deal value of up to $1.25 billion
  • Unum Therapeutics in its strategic collaboration with Seattle Genetics to develop and commercialize novel antibody-coupled T-cell receptor (ACTR) therapies for cancer, with potential deal value of $615 million
  • Foundation Medicine in its collaboration agreement and equity transaction with Roche, with total deal value in excess of $1 billion
  • F-star Alpha in its exclusive purchase option agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb with potential deal value up to $475 million
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals in its $200 million cash acquisition of Labrys Biologics, total potential purchase price of $825 million
  • Nogra Pharma in its $710 million global license agreement with Celgene for therapies to treat Crohn’s disease with a total potential deal value up to $2.6 billion in milestones, plus royalties
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in its transformational alliance with Genzyme for RNAi therapeutics as genetic medicines along with a $700 million equity investment
  • bluebird bio in its global collaboration with Celgene and subsequent update for gene therapies to treat cancer with deal value up to $300 million
Public Offerings
  • Ra Pharmaceuticals in its $105 million initial public offering
  • Dimension Therapeutics in its $72 million initial public offering
  • aTyr Pharma in its $75 million initial public offering and earlier $76 million Series E financing
  • Blueprint Medicines in its $147 million initial public offering
  • Foundation Medicine in its $106 million initial public offering
  • Fate Therapeutics in its $40 million initial public offering, subsequent $30 million follow-on offering and $57 million structured PIPE
Venture Financings
  • Corvidia Therapeutics in its $26 million Series A financing and in-license of a clinical stage asset from AstraZeneca
  • Pronutria Biosciences in its $42.5 million and $39 million financings to advance the development of amino acid-based products
  • Scholar Rock in its $36 million and $20 million financings to advance niche modulator therapeutics that target specific growth factors present in fibrosis, musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases
  • Unum Therapeutics in its $65 million Series B financing to support the expansion of its anti-body directed cellular immunotherapies
  • Semma Therapeutics in its $44 million Series A financing and separate collaboration agreement with Novartis to develop stem cell therapies for Type 1 diabetes
  • Surface Oncology in its $35 million Series A to develop cancer immunotherapies
  • Padlock Therapeutics in its $23 million Series A financing to develop medicines targeting PADs and immune complexes in autoimmune diseases
  • Aerpio Therapeutics in several rounds of venture financing for $60 million to research vascular disease therapies
  • SetPoint Medical in its $27 million Series B financing to commercialize its implantable neuromodulation devices

Credentials

Education

J.D., 1997
Harvard Law School

(magna cum laude)

Ph.D., Chemistry, 1993
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., Chemistry, 1989
Yale University

(magna cum laude)

Clerkships

1997 to 1998 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger

Admissions

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