The Week at Ropes & Gray: Deals and More Deals; Commentary on New Medical Device Regulations in China; Cloud Security Issues; FDA Research Policies; and Some Nice Kudos for the Firm

In The News
August 18, 2017

Weekly highlights of what’s happening at Ropes & Gray:

  • It’s been a busy week for deals, which have ranged from the acquisition of a broker-dealer, to the creation of a strategic partnership for an asset management firm, to the acquisition of a social media insights company, and even the acquisition of a wine company:
  • To meet guidelines established by China's Food and Drug Administration, local and multinational medical technology companies must upgrade device safety and effectiveness for products at every stage of their life cycle. This white paper, co-authored with McKinsey & Company, suggests that regulators and companies can shape policy in a collaborative way to balance the interests of patients, the healthcare system and the medical technology industry.
  • On July 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance that announced it would permit the waiver of informed consent for minimal-risk research. The FDA’s new policy is expected to help pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies collect real world evidence and data from low-risk research activities to support regulatory submissions to the FDA. This article, which was originally published by Law360, examines the new guidance and provides recommendations for companies and institutions conducting FDA-regulated research.
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