Life Sciences

life sciences industry

Today’s life sciences industry faces myriad challenges, including complex regulation, steep competition and ever-changing technologies. Companies around the world turn to Ropes & Gray’s global life sciences group for internationally recognized counsel on virtually all matters impacting their businesses.

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“A distinguishing characteristic of Ropes & Gray is the degree to which the firm’s corporate capabilities combine with deep experience in regulatory matters and government investigations. Their team is broad and deep and they have shown a terrific willingness to deliver cost-effective service in unique ways.” LMG Life Sciences
“[There is] clear depth to the life sciences group.” Chambers USA
“A fact repeatedly pointed out- the firm maintains a stellar reputation for expertise across regulatory and transactional law.” LMG Life Sciences

Overview

The attorneys and technical specialists who make up the global life sciences group understand the unique needs of a wide range of clients in the dynamic life sciences industry. We work across practices and geographies to develop cutting-edge solutions that help our clients meet their business goals.

In addition to advising biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, we also work with:

Drawing on resources in our offices around the globe, we focus on developing cutting-edge solutions to help clients meet their business goals. Our practice includes:

Experience

Ropes & Gray’s life sciences team has handled every type of transaction from licensing agreements with a small biotechnology company to large mergers of industry-leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies around the globe. Recent noteworthy transactions include representation of:

  • Pfizer on its $14 billion acquisition of Medivation Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing small molecules for oncology.
  • Shire in its agreement with Baxalta Incorporated to combine the companies for an aggregate consideration of approximately $32 billion. Baxalta, headquartered in Northern Illinois, is a $6 billion global biopharmaceutical leader developing, manufacturing and commercializing therapies for orphan diseases and underserved conditions in hematology, oncology, and immunology.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim in a $595 million global license and collaboration agreement with AbbVie to jointly develop and commercialize a biologic IL-23 antibody for the treatment of psoriasis and other immunological indications.
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals in its $2.6 billion strategic research and collaboration agreement with CRISPR Therapeutics.
  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals in First Amendment and APA challenges to FDA’s assertions that the company engaged in “off-label” promotion of its flagship product, a post-surgical analgesic.  As a result, FDA agreed to withdraw its warning letter and revise the label to clarify that the challenged claims were permissible.
  • Lantheus Holdings, Inc., parent company of Lantheus Medical Imaging, in its $65 million definitive license agreement with GE Healthcare for the continued Phase III development and worldwide commercialization of flurpiridaz F 18.
  • Zai Lab in its $30 million Series C preferred equity financing round, led by OrbiMed with other new investors Vivo Capital, Cormorant and Rock Springs Capital.
  • Mersana Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, in connection with its $75 million initial public offering.  
  • A leading pharmaceutical company in a patent case involving the use of Botox® to treat pain from spinal compression, where the representation included a trial before the PTAB.
  • Bain Capital Life Sciences in its $70 million convertible preferred PIPE investment in Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading developer of investigational ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi) therapeutics.