Life Sciences Emerging Companies

Forming, operating and financing an emerging life sciences company can be challenging and time consuming. The experienced lawyers on Goodwin’s Life Sciences team can help guide you through these matters in addition to the varied legal issues that emerging life sciences companies face, allowing you to focus on your core business. With the breakneck pace of technology disrupting industries around the world, and in a highly competitive and fast-paced market, our team has unparalleled experience partnering with emerging life sciences companies ­– from formation through financing to an exit event. In just the last three years the Goodwin Life Sciences team has advised life science companies on over 170 life sciences equity financing deals alone. Our team takes the time to get to know and understand you and your business so that we can better advise you.

Goodwin’s Life Sciences team can assist you with your emerging life sciences company in the areas of:

Corporate Formation: Our team is skilled at advising you on the best corporate structure for your emerging life sciences company based on an evaluation of numerous factors, such as nature of your business (i.e. single asset, multiple asset, type of assets), the goals for your business, and your expected timeframe to an exit event for your business. In addition to our depth of experience with typical corporate structures (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and holding companies), we have pioneered the development of some of the most innovative corporate structures used in the life sciences industry today.

Corporate Governance: Ongoing corporate governance can be a daunting task for an emerging life sciences company, but our team can help you make the process more manageable. Members of the Goodwin Life Sciences team often serve in the role of general counsel for emerging life sciences companies, advising such companies on a variety of ongoing legal matters. For example, our team can assist with drafting and reviewing all types of corporate agreements, advise on employment and employee benefit matters, and assist with preparation for Board meetings, attend Board meetings.

Financing: Our life sciences team has extensive experience with all types of debt and equity financings, such as seed financing, venture capital financing, bridge financing, and venture debt financing, and is highly skilled at representing life sciences companies through their financing transactions. We work closely with our life sciences companies to structure financing transactions that are best suited to their current state of development and future plans.

We also represent some of the leading life sciences venture capital firms in structuring and financing their portfolio companies and several life sciences incubators that assist in financing and mentoring emerging life sciences companies.