Dan Freshman is an associate in the strategic transactions practice at Ropes & Gray. He focuses on representing clients in the technology and life sciences industries in a variety of strategic transactions, including license and collaboration agreements, venture financings and other corporate governance matters for emerging companies, and mergers and acquisitions.
In 2020, Dan represented clients in three of the top ten largest biopharmaceutical licensing deals of 2020 measured by deal value, according to an analysis published in Fierce Biotech.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Dan worked for the Major League Baseball Players Association in its Licensing & Business Affairs department, and at Canary, a connected home technology company based in New York.
Prior to attending law school, Dan served as the Director of Educational Programming for The Princeton Review in New England.
Licensing and Strategic Transactions
- Advised Beam Therapeutics in a collaboration and license agreement with Prime Medicine, Inc. to research and develop a novel gene editing technology called prime editing. As part of the collaboration, Beam will receive certain exclusive rights to develop prime editing technology, and each of the parties will grant each other non-exclusive cross-licenses to certain CRISPR technology and delivery technology.
- Advised Beam Therapeutics in a strategic collaboration with Verve Therapeutics, pursuant to which Beam grants Verve exclusive rights to certain base editing, gene editing and delivery technologies for human therapeutic applications against cardiovascular targets.
- Advised Takeda Pharmaceuticals in a strategic multi-target partnership with Sosei Heptares to discover, develop and commercialize novel molecules that modulate G protein-coupled receptor targets. Depending on the success of the partnership, Takeda may pay over $1.2 billion in upfront payments, research funding, and development, commercialization, and sales milestones.
- Advised Takeda Pharmaceuticals in a partnership with Ambys Medicines, a company launched by Takeda and Third Rock Ventures, to discover and develop novel cell and gene therapies for liver disease. Takeda has committed $100 million and retains options to develop and commercialize products in certain geographies, including participation in the Series A financing.
- Advised a global pharmaceutical company in an exclusive collaboration with a publicly traded biotechnology company to exclusively co-develop and co-commercialize a clinical stage small molecule inhibitor for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. The pharmaceutical company agreed to pay over $550 million in upfront payments, agreed to purchase over $450 million of the biotechnology company’s common stock, may also pay up to $1.125 billion in potential milestone payments, will share costs of development globally as well as profits and losses in certain countries, and received exclusive options and rights of first negotiation with respect to future programs directed towards the treatment of certain neurodegenerative diseases.
- Advised a global pharmaceutical company in an exclusive multi-program collaboration with a publicly traded biotechnology company directed towards the joint development and commercialization of certain antibody therapies for the treatment of cancer. The pharmaceutical company agreed to pay $750 million in upfront payments and may pay over $3 billion in future milestone payments, as well share in the profits and losses with respect to the future development and commercialization of such product candidates in certain countries. In addition, the pharmaceutical company agreed to launch an early stage drug discovery program to research and develop antibody drug conjugate therapies, with exclusive options to further develop and commercialize such therapies.
- Advised a global pharmaceutical company in a license and collaboration agreement with an international pharmaceutical company to acquire exclusive development and commercialization rights for a small molecule inhibitor program that may be used to potentially treat rare forms of hematological cancers. The pharmaceutical company may pay over $900 million in upfront and future milestone payments, plus potential future royalties.
- Advised a global pharmaceutical company in a $1 billion early stage discovery, research, development and commercial collaboration and multi-program option and license agreement focused on central nervous system disorders.
- Advised a global pharmaceutical company in an exclusive research collaboration, option and license agreement to develop next generation therapies for the treatment of a rare neuromuscular disorder. Depending on the success of the licensed programs, the pharmaceutical company may pay over $1.1 billion to its collaboration partner in cash milestone payments, as well as additional royalties on net sales.
- Advised Tmunity Therapeutics, a private clinical-stage biotherapeutics company, in connection with its Series Seed, Series A, and Series B financings, as well as on various ongoing corporate and commercial matters.
- Advised Seventh Sense Biosystems, a private medical device company, in connection with its Series C financing as well as on various ongoing corporate and commercial matters.
- Advised Vivo Capital on various venture investments in companies in the technology, healthcare and biotechnology sectors.
- Has advised various early stage biotechnology and medical device companies on various internal corporate governance, investment and intellectual property matters.
- Has advised various venture capital firms in early stage venture investments in companies in the technology, healthcare and biotechnology sectors.
Mergers & Acquisitions
- Advised a global pharmaceutical company in its acquisition of a preclinical biotechnology company for $245 million plus contingent consideration.
- Advised Visterra, Inc., a private clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, in its $430 million sale to Otsuka Pharmaceutical.
- Advised MACOM Technology Solutions, a supplier of analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and lightwave semiconductors, on intellectual property matters in connection with the divestiture of its Compute business.
- Advised Atlantic Media on copyright, fair use, First Amendment and other intellectual property matters in connection with the acquisition of a majority ownership stake in The Atlantic by the Emerson Collective, a non-profit organization founded and run by Laurene Powell Jobs.
- Advised TSG Consumer Partners, a private equity firm focused exclusively on the branded consumer sector, on intellectual property matters in connection with its minority investment in Huda Beauty, a beauty and cosmetics brand founded by beauty blogger and entrepreneur Huda Kattan.
Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
- Advised a global laboratory instrument and software company in a global privacy and cybersecurity assessment.
- Has advised various investment managers and asset management companies on compliance issues and best practices relating to data privacy and cybersecurity.
- Co-author, “Trump Cybersecurity Order: Ambitious Goals, Tight Timelines,” Law360 (May 16, 2017)
- Presenter, “Clinical Trial Data Sharing and Machine Learning Research,” Vivli Center for Global Clinical Research Data Webinar (March 2021)
- JD, Columbia University School of Law, 2016; James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar; managing editor, Columbia Science & Technology Law Review
- BA (Psychology, Cognitive Science), with distinction, Cornell University, 2012
Admissions / Qualifications
- New York, 2017
- Massachusetts, 2016
- Deal of Distinction (2021) in the life sciences category by the Licensing Executive Society for a global licensing collaboration to develop small molecule inhibitors for treatment of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders.
- Deal of Distinction (2020) in the life sciences category by the Licensing Executive Society for a complex global licensing collaboration agreement to develop life changing treatments for neurological diseases.
- LMG Life Sciences Licensing & Collaboration Firm of the Year (2020)