Kathleen Kean is a counsel in the firm’s Strategic Technology Transactions and Licensing Practice and member of the Technology and Life Sciences Group. Ms. Kean represents private and public biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical device companies in connection with intellectual property, commercial and M&A transactions. Ms. Kean’s experience includes counseling clients in connection with licensing arrangements, collaboration agreements, pre-clinical, clinical and commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and IP migration transactions. Further, Ms. Kean routinely acts as outside general counsel for biotech companies in managing their licensing and contract needs.





  • Wave Life Sciences in the negotiation of a global strategic collaboration with Takeda in central nervous system disorders; upfront of $110 million and potentially more than $2 billion in milestone payments
  • Nimbus Therapeutics in the negotiation of a strategic alliance with Celgene Corporation in immunology
  • Fresenius Kabi in its purchase of Merck KGaA’s pipeline of biosimilar candidates for €156 million upfront and up to €500 million in milestones
  • CRISPR Therapeutics in its development and option agreement with StrideBio for developing novel AAV vectors
  • Ampersand Capital Partners and 1315 Capital in their acquisition of Genoptix, Inc., a provider of comprehensive testing solutions in hematology and solid tumor molecular profiling, from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Nimbus in its sale of Nimbus Apollo and its Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase (ACC) inhibitor program to Gilead Sciences for $400 million and up to an additional $800 million in development milestone payments
  • Dimension Therapeutics in its gene therapy research collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania
  • Alkermes in the sale of its manufacturing facility and the manufacturing and royalty revenue associated with products manufactured at the facility and global rights to Recro Pharma, Inc., for $170 million
  • Tetragenetics in its negotiation of a collaboration with MedImmune for a multi-target ion channel drug discovery program
  • Licensing of intellectual property assets from research institutions
Professional Experience

Prior to re-joining Goodwin in 2014, Ms. Kean was an in-house attorney at RainDance Technologies, Inc. and was previously in-house at EMC Corporation. Ms. Kean began her legal career at Goodwin in 2004. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Kean worked as a mechanical engineer.


While in law school, Ms. Kean was the executive editor of the Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law.

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J.D., 2004
Boston University School of Law
(cum laude)
B.S., 1999
Manhattan College

(magna cum laude)



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