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Helping Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute Become a Marine Biotechnology Research and Education Leader

Practices: Real Estate Investments & Transactions, Life Sciences, Intellectual Property Transactions, Employment, Tax Tags: Pro Bono

Ropes & Gray has advised research institute Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) pro bono on a range of legal issues since 2015. This strategic advice has enabled GMGI to fulfill its mission of using innovative scientific research and education to address critical challenges facing the oceans, human health and the environment.

Over the years, Ropes & Gray has guided GMGI through a range of legal matters. The firm’s work has involved helping GMGI obtain proper licensure for its training academy and providing human resources guidance on best practices. Attorneys have advised on real estate matters, including helping GMGI secure a waterfront location for its 6,000 square feet complex. Ropes & Gray has also created a legal framework to protect GMGI’s intellectual property and assisted with collaboration and commercialization agreements.

Today, GMGI is studying sea urchins to unlock genetic secrets, educating students interested in careers in life sciences, and was recently named a finalist for the 2021 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award for building a workforce in Gloucester, an upcoming biotech hub.

The Ropes & Gray team working with GMGI includes retired partners Bill Knowlton and Peter Ebb, real estate investments and transactions partner Jack Creedon, life sciences partner Abigail Gregor, IP transactions partner Melissa Rones, labor & employment partner Megan Bisk, tax partner Kendi Ozmon, tax counsel Morey Ward, real estate investments and transactions counsel Laurie Nelson, and associates Cory Maguire, Kyle Connors, Kevin Tang and Joe Nania.

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