Life Sciences

Succeeding in the life sciences industry is as much about strategy and execution as it is about research and development. In this highly competitive business, you need more than the best and brightest ideas – you need a legal and strategic partner that understands the challenges of securing funding, safeguarding intellectual property, establishing partnerships, bringing new products to market, opening up new revenue streams, and protecting existing product lines.

Lawyers in our life sciences practice are deeply experienced in corporate governance, financing and M&A transactions, collaborations and licensing, regulatory matters, and intellectual property law. As part of our interdisciplinary approach, we also collaborate with attorneys in our patent litigation, products liability, employment and tax practices to protect client interests and to advocate on their behalf.

With a full service team of highly experienced lawyers resident in key life sciences hubs, our team helps clients find the strategic paths that foster growth and minimize risk across all phases of the corporate life cycle. Motivated by the knowledge that the work that we do with you is improving people’s lives, we serve as an extension of your team so you can focus on your core business.

Recent Highlights

Related Practices

Life Sciences IPOs + Capital Markets

Life sciences companies face unique issues in accessing capital markets, including matters related to due diligence, public relations, regulatory and intellectual property. Goodwin offers a team of sophisticated life sciences lawyers who have expertise with these issues and extensive experience across the full breadth of equity and debt capital markets, advising issuers, sponsors, underwriters and investors in a variety of transactions to ensure deals close smoothly and in a timely way.

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Life Sciences M + A

Pricing pressure, the reimbursement landscape, eroding margins, low valuations and the tax-friendly political climate are just a few of the factors positioning the life sciences industry for a ramp-up of M&A activity. The climate will be competitive for both buy and sell side prospects, and expert legal advice is critical for companies to be able to seize attractive, strategic opportunities. Thinking about M&A, even as a mere twinkle in your strategic plan? Goodwin can help.

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Life Sciences Patent Prosecution + Counseling

Intellectual property protection is a crucial component for all life science companies. Our life sciences patent lawyers, patent agents and technical staff help assure that the best intellectual property strategy is in place to position and secure intellectual property protection, including patent protection, of our client’s core technology and lead therapeutic moieties, including small molecules, biologics, formulations, delivery systems, companion diagnostics, and medical devices. We have extensive experience in providing intellectual property diligence and assessment of patent landscapes to assist our clients, including operating companies, investors and financial institutions in connection with funding events, including public offerings and private financings, and to solidifying intellectual property positions for acquisition or other exit strategies.

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Life Sciences Collaborations + Licensing

In order to survive and thrive, emerging-growth biotech and specialty pharmaceutical companies depend on the ability to strategically develop, exploit and monetize their intellectual property and product portfolios. Goodwin’s licensing and partnering practice does just that. We offer unmatched counsel and a deep bench of talented lawyers located in biotech, medical and scientific innovation centers throughout the United States.

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FDA

Companies regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) know that expertise and practical advice are critical to the bottom line. Goodwin’s experienced FDA practice, a key component of the firm’s Technology & Life Sciences team, provides strategic counseling and skillful advocacy to companies subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Public Health Service Act, and related federal and state laws. 

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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. The market is competitive and fast-paced, and our team has unparalleled experience representing 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.

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Hatch-Waxman + Biosimilars Litigation

Litigation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry can be particularly complex, requiring counsel that is as well versed across scientific disciplines as it is in the law. Goodwin has made servicing the needs of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries a strategic priority for more than two decades, and we have one of the largest and most active life sciences practices in the United States. Our IP litigation team is among the most experienced in the country, successfully representing both brand companies and generics in Hatch-Waxman litigation. Our portfolio of clients include the largest generic companies in the world and, more recently, include enforcement of patents related to numerous blockbuster drugs.

Our firm is also a leader in the emerging field of biosimilars litigation. Our lawyers were involved in the legislative process that resulted in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, and our work counseling clients as they advance their biosimilar development programs has been a natural outgrowth of our extensive work on behalf of the generic drug industry. Clients consistently praise our biosimilars blog, BigMoleculeWatch.com, for its timely and relevant posts on biosimilar-related litigation, legislation and regulatory developments.
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Related Practices
Life Sciences IPOs + Capital Markets

Life sciences companies face unique issues in accessing capital markets, including matters related to due diligence, public relations, regulatory and intellectual property. Goodwin offers a team of sophisticated life sciences lawyers who have expertise with these issues and extensive experience across the full breadth of equity and debt capital markets, advising issuers, sponsors, underwriters and investors in a variety of transactions to ensure deals close smoothly and in a timely way.

Read More
Life Sciences M + A

Pricing pressure, the reimbursement landscape, eroding margins, low valuations and the tax-friendly political climate are just a few of the factors positioning the life sciences industry for a ramp-up of M&A activity. The climate will be competitive for both buy and sell side prospects, and expert legal advice is critical for companies to be able to seize attractive, strategic opportunities. Thinking about M&A, even as a mere twinkle in your strategic plan? Goodwin can help.

Read More
Life Sciences Patent Prosecution + Counseling

Intellectual property protection is a crucial component for all life science companies. Our life sciences patent lawyers, patent agents and technical staff help assure that the best intellectual property strategy is in place to position and secure intellectual property protection, including patent protection, of our client’s core technology and lead therapeutic moieties, including small molecules, biologics, formulations, delivery systems, companion diagnostics, and medical devices. We have extensive experience in providing intellectual property diligence and assessment of patent landscapes to assist our clients, including operating companies, investors and financial institutions in connection with funding events, including public offerings and private financings, and to solidifying intellectual property positions for acquisition or other exit strategies.

Read More
Life Sciences Collaborations + Licensing

In order to survive and thrive, emerging-growth biotech and specialty pharmaceutical companies depend on the ability to strategically develop, exploit and monetize their intellectual property and product portfolios. Goodwin’s licensing and partnering practice does just that. We offer unmatched counsel and a deep bench of talented lawyers located in biotech, medical and scientific innovation centers throughout the United States.

Read More
FDA

Companies regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) know that expertise and practical advice are critical to the bottom line. Goodwin’s experienced FDA practice, a key component of the firm’s Technology & Life Sciences team, provides strategic counseling and skillful advocacy to companies subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Public Health Service Act, and related federal and state laws. 

Read More
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. The market is competitive and fast-paced, and our team has unparalleled experience representing 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.

Read More
Hatch-Waxman + Biosimilars Litigation
Litigation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry can be particularly complex, requiring counsel that is as well versed across scientific disciplines as it is in the law. Goodwin has made servicing the needs of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries a strategic priority for more than two decades, and we have one of the largest and most active life sciences practices in the United States. Our IP litigation team is among the most experienced in the country, successfully representing both brand companies and generics in Hatch-Waxman litigation. Our portfolio of clients include the largest generic companies in the world and, more recently, include enforcement of patents related to numerous blockbuster drugs.

Our firm is also a leader in the emerging field of biosimilars litigation. Our lawyers were involved in the legislative process that resulted in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, and our work counseling clients as they advance their biosimilar development programs has been a natural outgrowth of our extensive work on behalf of the generic drug industry. Clients consistently praise our biosimilars blog, BigMoleculeWatch.com, for its timely and relevant posts on biosimilar-related litigation, legislation and regulatory developments.
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Mitchell S. Bloom

Chair, Life Sciences Practice
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Kingsley L. Taft

Co-Chair, Life Sciences Practice
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