Elese Hanson advises companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and digital health industries in connection with drafting and negotiating licenses, strategic collaborations and other commercial transactions.  

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Hanson was a corporate associate at another law firm in Chicago, Illinois where she drafted strategic collaboration and licensing agreements for clients in the life sciences and digital health industries. She also assisted in-house counsel and business development professionals with development, supply and manufacturing agreements, software-as-a-service agreements and other Internet agreements, agreements for acquisition and sale of technology assets and related transition services agreements. Ms. Hanson is a registered patent attorney and was previously in-house counsel for a boutique generic pharmaceutical company where she managed a portfolio of patent litigation. Ms. Hanson helped to pioneer Women In Bio’s Boardroom Ready program, which has placed and promoted numerous executive women in the life science industry on corporate boards.   

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  • Education

    • JD, DePaul University College of Law, 2008

    • BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 2005

  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts

    • Illinois

    • US Patent and Trademark Office