Press Release April 05, 2006

Goodwin Procter Adds Life Sciences Partner to Boston Office

BOSTON, April 5, 2006 — Goodwin Procter LLP, one of the nation's leading law firms with offices in Boston, New York and Washington, DC, today announced that Edmund R. Pitcher has joined the firm as a partner in its Life Sciences Practice, resident in the Boston office.

Pitcher brings to Goodwin Procter more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property law as counsel to companies exploiting biological, pharmaceutical, chemical and medical technologies, and to their private and public investors.

Goodwin Procter has significant experience advising life sciences companies, with more than 150 of the firm's attorneys with substantial experience representing clients in the industry. The firm's attorneys combine legal acumen, in-depth industry experience and scientific capabilities across all biological, chemical and medical technologies to deliver outstanding results.

Pitcher joins Goodwin Procter from Flagship Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Cambridge, Mass. As a venture partner with Flagship, he focused on evaluation of life science and information technology investment opportunities, intellectual property issues, and designing intellectual property strategies and assessing intellectual property risks in connection with Flagship start-ups and portfolio companies.

Prior to Flagship, Pitcher was a longtime partner at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, where he founded and served as chair of the Patent & Intellectual Property practice group. Before joining Testa, he was a founding partner of Lahive & Cockfield, an intellectual property boutique firm in Boston.