Minal M. Caron
Minal Caron is an associate in Ropes & Gray’s health care practice group. He has significant experience advising academic medical centers, hospitals, universities, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, research institutions, and strategic investors regarding a broad range of regulatory, compliance, and transactional issues.
Minal has particular experience counseling clients on legal and regulatory issues relating to scientific research and development, including internal investigations, complex transactions, and regulatory advice. Minal routinely advises academic institutions and pharmaceutical and medical device companies across the United States and internationally in matters involving allegations of research misconduct (falsification, fabrication, or plagiarism of data) and other issues relating to the integrity or reliability of scientific research.
Minal also has extensive experience advising health care organizations and higher education institutions on structuring and negotiating cutting-edge transactions, including affiliations, spin-off transactions, and joint ventures, as well as the formation, governance, and capital financing of for-profit subsidiaries of nonprofit institutions. Minal also advises private equity companies in investments in companies across the health care, higher education, and biomedical research landscape.
Minal is deeply committed to community service. He is involved with the firm’s pro bono practice, including regular service at the firm’s weekly debt clinic at Rosie’s Place, a Boston-based women’s shelter. From 2014-2019, Minal served as a board member for Outdoor Sport Institute, a Maine-based nonprofit organization focused on connecting communities to outdoor sports such as skiing, hiking, and biking in order to enrich the culture and health infrastructure in rural areas.
Prior to joining the firm, Minal served as a law clerk to Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr., U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. During law school, Minal worked as a judicial intern for Judge Kermit Lipez, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and received the Harvard Law School Paul C. Weiler Scholar Award for excellence in Sports Law.
Scientific Research and Development Regulatory Matters
- Counseled numerous academic medical centers, higher education institutions, and pharmaceutical companies regarding allegations of research misconduct and other issues relating to the integrity or reliability of scientific data, including allegations of data falsification against several prominent researchers.
- Advised pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions on regulatory and compliance issues relating to clinical research, including COVID-19 products (both vaccine and therapeutic), rare disease products, and Software as a Medical Device products.
- Advised clients on the reporting implications of research misconduct and other research compliance issues, including communications with governmental and private funding sources and scientific journals.
- Advised a large pharmaceutical company in government inquiry into compliance with clinical trial registration and results reporting requirements.
- Advised an academic medical center in assessing and refining its individual and institutional conflict of interest policies.
- Advised multiple academic medical centers regarding federal grants and contracts matters.
- Advised multiple higher education institutions in structuring and negotiating novel transactions to facilitate greater innovation and collaboration with industry relating to scientific research and development, including spin-off transactions and formation of joint ventures.
- Advised academic medical center regarding the formation, operations, and governance of a for-profit subsidiary and a majority equity investment in the subsidiary by a strategic partner.
- Advised multiple health care and higher education institutions on forming and operating for-profit subsidiaries focused on activities supporting scientific research and development.
- Advised higher education institution regarding evaluation and negotiation of potential “spin-off” transactions for its controlled teaching hospital with both for-profit and non-profit potential acquirers.
- Represented research institute in developing wholly-owned foreign entity for purposes of collaborating with health care and scientific research organizations in China.
- Conducted regulatory diligence for numerous private equity sponsors in connection with their planned investments in businesses across the health care landscape, including pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations (CROs), institutional review boards (IRBs), and digital health companies.
- Advised many types of health care organizations regarding clinical trial contracting negotiations.
- Participated in more than $4 billion in various tax-exempt and taxable bond offerings for multiple health care and higher education clients in Massachusetts as borrower’s and underwriter’s counsel.
Health Care Regulatory and Compliance Matters
- Advised a large nonprofit health system in an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey regarding the system’s interactions with the sales and marketing personnel of a drug manufacturer.
- Advised multiple health care providers in connection with the resolution of federal False Claims Act qui tam actions.
- Advised multiple health care providers in preparing and submitting self-disclosures of overpayments to Medicare Administrative Contractors and various state Medicaid programs.
- Advised large regional health system on developing complex plans of correction for significant CMS survey statements of deficiencies.
- Advised a leading specialty hospital in conducting internal investigations regarding controlled substances prescribing practices.
- Advised a major university in assessing and refining its compliance program.
- Advised a large pharmaceutical company on designing and refining its U.S.-based compliance program.
- Advised multiple pharmaceutical companies on developing or revising existing compliance policies and procedures to represent industry best practices.
- Co-author, “Post-Submission Update: The Evolving Regulatory Landscape for Clinical Trials in India,” Food and Drug Law Journal (July 2019)
- Co-author, “Opioid Prescribing and Physician Autonomy: A Quality of Care Perspective,” HSS Journal (January 2019)
- Co-author, “The Evolving Regulatory Landscape for Clinical Trials in India,” Food and Drug Law Institute’s Food and Drug Law Journal (December 2018)
- Co-author, “Drawing A Road Map For Nationwide Health Info Sharing,” Law360 (February 15, 2018)
- Co-author, “Agency Guidance Limits May Shift Health Care Enforcement,” Law360 (February 9, 2018)
- Co-author, “SACHRP Releases Guidance on Broad Consent Under Revised Common Rule,” Bloomberg BNA’s Life Sciences Law & Industry Report (September 15, 2017)
- Co-author, “New Frontiers in AMC Funding: Mission Support Alternatives Post-Halifax,” Member Briefing, American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) AMCs and Teaching Hospitals Practice Group (May 2017)
- Co-author, “Investigating Allegations of Research Fraud: Finality and Implementation of an Institution’s Findings in Research Misconduct Cases,” Bloomberg BNA Medical Research Law & Policy Report (July 6, 2016)
- Co-Author, “Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Amends Informed Consent Rules,” Bloomberg BNA Medical Research Law & Policy Report (October 21, 2015)
- Co-author, “India’s Proposed Amendments to the Drug and Cosmetics Act: Compensation for Injuries to Clinical Trial participants and the Criminalization of Clinical Research,” Bloomberg BNA Life Sciences Law & Industry Report (January 23, 2015)
- Presenter, “Investigator Financial Disclosure Obligations relating to Investments by Venture Capital and Private Equity in Faculty Start-Ups,” Ropes & Gray Webinar (January 12, 2023)
- Presenter, “Dissecting the Research Integrity Process: Practical Tools for Scoping Each Phase,” National Association of College and University Attorneys, Sponsored Research and Technology Transfer Conference (November 3, 2022)
- Presenter, “Communicating with National Regulatory Authorities Regarding Research Misconduct,” Research, Development and Regulatory Roundtable (R3) of the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRCT) (March 30, 2021)
- Presenter, “Communicating with Academic Journal Editors Regarding Research Misconduct,” Research, Development and Regulatory Roundtable (R3) of the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRCT) (January 26, 2021)
- Presenter, “Legal Perspectives on Scientific Misconduct in Academia and Industry,” Research, Development and Regulatory Roundtable (R3) of the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRCT) (November 5, 2020)
- Presenter, “Opioid Prescribing Standards: Issues for Health Systems, Hospitals and Physician Groups,” Ropes & Gray Webinar (November 19, 2019)
- Presenter, “Considerations for US Healthcare Providers Seeking to Do Business in China,” U.S. Cooperative for International Patient Programs Webinar (November 29, 2018)
- JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2013; Paul C. Weiler Scholar Award; assistant editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
- BA (Geography and Economics), cum laude, Dartmouth College, 2009
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 2013
- The Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch (2022-2023)