Rob Puopolo, a partner in Goodwin’s Life Sciences practice, focuses his practice on corporate and related transactional matters, representing public and privately held companies in the life sciences, as well as the venture capital firms, hedge funds and investment banks that focus on these companies. Mr. Puopolo also advises life sciences companies and investors on a variety of licensing and other commercial transactions. He represents biotech and pharmaceutical clients in transactions involving intellectual property assets and has experience structuring and negotiating collaboration and license agreements.





A selection of Mr. Puopolo’s recent representations include:

  • Broadfin Capital on its investment in BioDelivery Sciences International’s $50 million public equity financing
  • Surface Oncology in its $119.5 million initial public offering 
  • Pablo Legorreta, founder and CEO of Royalty Pharma, as lead investor in ITBMed’s $67 million equity financing round
  • Ra Pharmaceuticals in its $58 million public follow-on offering
  • Ginkgo Bioworks in its joint venture with Bayer focused on plant microbiome, with an initial investment of $100 million
  • Lysosomal Therapeutics, Inc. (LTI) in its exclusive option arrangement with Allergan plc
  • Versant Ventures in launching BlueRock Therapeutics, a next-generation regenerative medicine company, where Bayer and Versant are committing $225 million
  • CRISPR Therapeutics in its $56 million initial public offering, $130 million public follow-on offering, and $38 million Series B financing
  • Padlock Therapeutics in its sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb, with $225 million in upfront and near-term payments
  • F-star Alpha in connection with its exclusive option agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • CRISPR Therapeutics in its collaboration with Bayer, valued up to $335 million upfront
  • 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
  • Guerbet in a $270 million acquisition of Mallinckrodt's Contrast Media and Delivery Systems business
Professional Activities

Mr. Puopolo is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations.

Professional Experience

Prior to rejoining Goodwin in 2014, Mr. Puopolo was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Boston, where he served as co-chair of its emerging technology group. He has been licensed (inactive) in Massachusetts as a certified public accountant.


Mr. Puopolo has been repeatedly recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer “Rising Star” by Law & Politics and Boston magazines. In law school, he was a member of the Suffolk University Transnational Law Review.

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J.D., 1998
Suffolk University School of Law
(cum laude)
B.A., 1993
Northeastern University



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