Chris Denn, a partner in Goodwin’s Life Sciences practice and a leader of the Intellectual Property Transactions & Strategies practice, assists boards of directors and management teams in navigating the wide variety of commercial and legal issues that are critical to the success of a company’s efforts to deliver new treatments to patients. Mr. Denn has a comprehensive understanding of the life science industry informed by years spent as an in-house lawyer at AstraZeneca and extensive experience in private practice advising clients ranging from start-up companies to mid-cap public companies.





Mr. Denn advises on corporate governance and finance matters, mergers and acquisitions, strategic collaborations, commercial transactions and dispute resolution. Mr. Denn also provides guidance on integrating advice from other legal experts, such as patent prosecutors, litigators and tax advisors, so that it aligns with corporate strategy and practices. His recent representations include:

  • CRISPR Therapeutics in its collaboration with Vertex Pharmaceuticals, valued up to $2.6 billion with $105 million upfront
  • Galapagos NV in connection with its $2 billion strategic collaboration with Gilead Sciences, Inc. including $300 million upfront and a $425 million equity investment
  • Foundation Medicine in connection with its $1 billion strategic collaboration with Roche
  • Voyager Therapeutics in its strategic collaboration with Genzyme for $100 million upfront and up to $745 million in milestone payments
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in its transformational alliance with Genzyme for RNAi therapeutics as genetic medicines along with a $700 million equity investment
  • Voyager Therapeutics in its $845 million strategic collaboration with Genzyme
  • Dragonfly Therapeutics in its $33 million collaborative agreement with Celgene Corporation 
  • Rodin Therapeutics in its $485 million multi-year research collaboration around neuronal epigenetics with Biogen
  • CRISPR Therapeutics in its collaboration with Bayer, valued up to $635 million with $335 million upfront
  • Lycera in connection with its $83 million global collaboration with Celgene Corporation
  • BIND Therapeutics in its strategic alliances with AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Amgen to develop and commercialize AccurinsTM, a targeted and programmable cancer nanomedicine
  • Warp Drive Bio in its strategic partnership with Sanofi
  • CombinatoRx, Incorporated in its merger and a series of related transactions with Neuromed Pharmaceuticals
  • Atlas Ventures in its $1.5 million seed financing of Spero Therapeutics
  • Spero Therapeutics LLC, in connection with its founding, in-licensing of IP rights, seed and $30 million Series A and $30 million Series B financings
  • Pharmascience in its funding of Bion Pharmaceuticals
  • RaNA Therapeutics in its $20.7 million Series A financing and $55 million Series B financing
  • Raze Therapeutics in its $24 million Series A financing
  • Rodin Therapeutics in its $12.9 million Series A financing
Professional Experience

Mr. Denn entered the life science industry as Associate General Counsel to Astra USA, Inc. where he later served as Acting General Counsel. Mr. Denn remained with Astra through its merger with Zeneca and the formation of AstraZeneca.

In this role, Mr. Denn supported Drug Development, Regulatory Affairs, Sales and Marketing and Business Development functions within Astra and AstraZeneca.

After leaving AstraZeneca, Mr. Denn became a partner in the Boston office of Mintz Levin, where he practiced in the Business and Finance Section, advising start-up and established life science companies.


Mr. Denn has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

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J.D., 1991
Boston College Law School

(cum laude)

B.A., 1986
Connecticut College

(cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)



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