Life Sciences INDUSTRIES

Advising life sciences innovators, investors and industry leaders on complex transactions, legal issues and business challenges.


Recognized as a leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale has represented life sciences clients across the United States and Europe for more than four decades. From biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical device companies at all stages of growth to other institutions in the space, including venture capitalists, investment banks, universities and others, we understand the business of our life sciences clients and the changing regulatory and competitive demands they face.

Contacts

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Falber, Stuart M.

Stuart M. Falber

Co-Chair, Life Sciences Group

+1 617 526 6663 (t)

stuart.falber@wilmerhale.com

Juran, Belinda M.

Belinda M. Juran

Co-Chair, Technology Transactions and Licensing Practice Group

Co-Chair, Life Sciences Group

+1 617 526 6987 (t)

belinda.juran@wilmerhale.com

Der Marderosian, Lia

Lia Der Marderosian

Co-Chair, Corporate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6982 (t)

lia.dermarderosian@wilmerhale.com

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Brian A. Johnson

Vice Chair, Corporate Practice Group

Co-Chair, Capital Markets

+1 212 937 7206 (t)

brian.johnson@wilmerhale.com

Singer, Steven D.

Steven D. Singer

Chair, Transactional Department

+1 212 295 6307 (t)

steven.singer@wilmerhale.com

Capabilities

WilmerHale's Life Sciences Practice has extraordinary range, and the majority of our lawyers devote a significant portion of their practice to areas critical to life sciences clients. The firm's multi-disciplinary teams work seamlessly to handle a broad range of matters for clients, including corporate finance, licensing and strategic alliances, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), competition and other regulatory matters, and securities fraud. Our lawyers advise on venture financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing agreements and collaborations; protect clients' innovations through patent prosecution and portfolio development; and defend their interests in enterprise-critical patent litigation. We also represent life sciences clients in dealings with the United States and other governments on regulatory matters, including issues before the FDA and other agencies, merger clearance and enforcement actions, and public policy and strategy. Read about some of our recent life sciences transactions.

Our Life Sciences Practice includes corporate lawyers who have helped thousands of entrepreneurs successfully launch their businesses; raise billions in financing; and take their companies to sale, the public markets and/or through drug commercialization. We have a longstanding tradition of representing emerging companies and entrepreneurs across industries, and routinely offer the strategic advice and sharp business perspectives that are critical to our clients' success. Learn about our startup practice at WilmerHaleLaunch.com.

Publications & News

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December 15, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Decibel Therapeutics in Strategic Collaboration With Regeneron

On November 29, 2017, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Decibel Therapeutics, Inc. announced a collaboration to discover and develop new potential therapeutics to protect, repair and restore hearing.

December 11, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Editas Medicine in $50M Offering of Common Stock

Editas Medicine, Inc., a leading genome editing company, announced the pricing of an underwritten offering of 1,970,000 shares of its common stock.

December 5, 2017

Astellas Acquires Mitobridge Under Existing Collaboration

Astellas Pharma Inc. and Mitobridge, Inc. announced that Astellas has exercised its exclusive option right to acquire Mitobridge under the amended terms of the October 2013 partnership agreement.

November 29, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Voyager Therapeutics in Public Offering of Common Stock

Voyager Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing life-changing treatments for severe neurological diseases, announced the closing of its underwritten public offering of 5,175,000 shares of its common stock.

November 17, 2017

Legal Considerations in Pre-IPO Crossover Financings

In this article published by Bloomberg Law's Corporate Law & Accountability Report, authors Lia Der Marderosian and Ryan Mitteness explain that while late-stage crossover financings come with significant potential benefits to both the company and the investors, given the complexity of the legal issues involved, they must be structured and implemented carefully to avoid potential securities law violations, as well as to ensure that the company and investors are able to reap those anticipated benefits.

November 17, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Achillion Pharmaceuticals in Pricing of Secondary Offering of Common Stock

Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 18,367,346 shares of its common stock by existing stockholder Johnson & Johnson Innovation-JJDC, Inc., which shares constitute all of JJDC's equity position in Achillion, at a public offering price of $2.75 per share.

November 14, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Apellis Pharmaceuticals in Initial Public Offering

Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, announced the closing of its initial public offering.

November 7, 2017

LMG Life Sciences 2017 Honors WilmerHale With Top Rankings

LMG Life Sciences has recognized WilmerHale among the nation's leading life sciences law firms in its 2017 rankings, citing the firm's Life Sciences Practice as “renowned for its range and multidisciplinary teams that counsel clients in technology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies as well as investment banks and venture capitalists.”

October 26, 2017

WilmerHale Reps MacroGenics in Global Collaboration and Licensing Agreement With Incyte

MacroGenics, Inc. and Incyte Corporation announced that they have entered into an exclusive global collaboration and license agreement for MacroGenics' MGA012, an investigational monoclonal antibody that inhibits programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1).

October 26, 2017

WilmerHale Serves as Counsel to Idera Pharmaceuticals in Public Offering of Common Stock

Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the pricing of its underwritten public offering of 33,333,334 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $1.50 per share.

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Named WilmerHale a top law firm for life sciences from 2007-2017 with sources saying our attorneys are "responsive, efficient and very technically sophisticated." 
  • Chambers Global - Recognized WilmerHale as a leader in life sciences from 2013-2017, and noted that sources appreciate the firm's “client service, commerciality and value for money.”
  • Chambers Europe - Recognized WilmerHale as a leader in life sciences in Germany in its 2013-2017 editions.
  • Lake Whillans - The Life Sciences Law Firm Index included WilmerHale among the top three best life sciences law firms (2016, 2017), as the top firm for startup work (2017), among the top 10 deal firms (2017), the top two patent law firms (2016) and top 10 firms for thought leadership (2016).
  • Law360 - Named WilmerHale a Technology Practice Group of the Year for 2016 and a Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year for 2013 in its annual rankings, which recognize firms per practice area that have played a key role in the significant matters that made headlines and changed the legal landscape within the past year.
  • LMG Life Sciences - Named WilmerHale the Life Cycle Firm of the Year in 2017 and awarded the firm one of five Finance and Transactional Impact Cases of the Year for counseling Editas Medicine in its licensing and collaboration with Allergan. LMG ranked the firm in its 2012-2017 editions in the areas of patent prosecution, patent strategy and management, general patent litigation, Hatch-Waxman patent litigation, corporate, licensing and collaboration, M&A, venture capital and white collar/government investigations, and previously named WilmerHale a Life Cycle Firm in 2012-2015. In 2013, WilmerHale was named the winner of the Canadian Impact Deals of the Year award, in recognition of its representation of Enobia Pharma in its acquisition by Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Managing IP - Recognized WilmerHale as one of the best in the United States for life sciences from 2013-2016. In 2013, 2016 and 2017, WilmerHale was named the "Patent Contentious Firm of the Year" and in 2013, the "Pharmaceutical IP Litigation Firm of the Year."
  • The American Lawyer - Placed WilmerHale on its 2016 "A-List" as one of the United States' leading law firms, marking the 13th year the firm received that recognition.
  • The American Lawyer - Named WilmerHale the 2014 IP Litigation Department of the Year and a finalist for its 2016 IP Litigation Department of the Year. The firm has been named a winner twice and a finalist six times since the contests launch in 2004.
  • The BTI Consulting Group Inc. - Named WilmerHale among the top 10 law firms for having strong and lasting client relationships with the pharma industry in its BTI Power Rankings 2016 report.
  • The Legal 500 US - Ranked WilmerHale among the top law firms for life sciences from 2013-2017 with sources saying the firm "brings a great deal of experience to any situation" and "has access to additional expertise/resources to help solve any problem."
  • The National Law Journal - Named WilmerHale to its 2012-2015 Intellectual Property Hot List, which honors firms that demonstrate creative strategies for litigation, patent prosecution, licensing and other transactional work.
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® - Recognized the firm in its 2014-2017 "Best Law Firms" lists in the first tier nationally for biotechnology law, corporate law, intellectual property litigation, patent law, securities and venture capital law. In 2017, WilmerHale received first-tier metropolitan rankings in Boston intellectual property litigation, patent law, technology law and venture capital law; in Colorado for intellectual property litigation; in New York for biotechnology law and corporate law; in San Jose for patent litigation; and in Washington DC for intellectual property litigation.