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Life Sciences


Lawyers in our firm’s Life Sciences practice group have played a fundamental role in the development of North Carolina’s Research Triangle into an internationally-recognized center of life sciences innovation. For over 20 years, we have worked side-by-side with industry pioneers and have advised our clients in numerous transactions that have been milestones for the life sciences industry in this region. Our lawyers combine comprehensive legal expertise with deep industry knowledge to provide our clients with effective, timely solutions to meet their business objectives.

Our Life Sciences practice spans a diverse spectrum of companies, from venture capital-backed companies, start-ups and university spin-outs to publicly-traded companies, including large pharma, specialty pharma, biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, animal health, biofuels, medical device, nanotechnology, CRO, and other biopharmaceutical services companies. We also advise some of the region’s leading life sciences-focused private equity and venture capital firms and other investors. Our brochure contains detail on our experience. 

We perform a broad range of services for our life sciences clients, including Technology, Debt Financing, Mergers and Acquisitions, and other matters relating to business and Securities law. As a full-service law firm, we also help our life sciences clients achieve their goals through our litigation and dispute resolution practice and by advising on labor and employment matters, employee benefits, tax strategies, government relations, and other key matters.


Representative Experience

Our Life Sciences experience includes:  

  • Represented a leading genome editing company in its approximately $2.7 billion research collaboration, including an upfront payment of $135 million, with a global, publicly-traded pharmaceutical company to develop and commercialize gene editing-based gene therapies for up to six targets
  • Lead counsel to a venture capital-funded genome editing company in a worldwide partnership, worth up to $1.6 billion, including an upfront payment of $105 million, with a global, publicly-traded pharmaceutical company to develop and commercialize allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies for multiple cancers. The transaction was awarded the 2016 Life Science sector Deals of Distinction™ award by the Licensing Executives Society
  • Represented an international health care group and its U.S. specialty pharmaceutical company subsidiary in obtaining multinational license rights to three cardiovascular drugs from a large public pharmaceutical company for $264 million in cash at closing, up to $480 million in milestone and royalty payments, and the assumption of up to $50 million in milestone payment obligations
  • Worldwide exclusive license of pre-clinical drug compounds by our client, a specialty pharmaceutical company, to a global pharmaceutical company
  • Formation and funding of pharmaceutical company by our clients, a group of venture capital investors, and the related in-license of pharmaceutical product rights from a global pharmaceutical company
  • Collaboration/strategic alliance between our client, a leading pharmaceutical development company, and a global, Japanese-based pharmaceutical company for the development of pharmaceutical products on a risk-sharing basis
  • Divestment by our client, a global pharmaceutical company, of pharmaceutical product rights to a specialty pharmaceutical company
  • License and acquisition by our client, a specialty pharmaceutical company, of pharmaceutical intellectual property from a global pharmaceutical company and related sub-licenses from other global pharmaceutical companies
  • Worldwide exclusive license and research collaboration between our client, a biotechnology company and a leading global animal health company, to develop and commercialize animal vaccines
  • Worldwide non-exclusive licenses by our client, an agricultural biotechnology company, to leading global agricultural companies for development of agronomic traits
  • Worldwide exclusive license of genome engineering technology by our client, a charitable organization that supports development of agricultural disease resistance technologies, to a global biotechnology tools company
  • $525 million notes offering by our client, a global biopharmaceutical services company
  • $400 million acquisition of our client, a venture-backed agricultural biotechnology company, by a global pharmaceutical and agricultural company
  • $155 million acquisition of our client, a biotechnology company, by a global pharmaceutical and animal health company
  • $150 million acquisition by our client, a public specialty pharmaceutical company, of a private specialty pharmaceutical company
  • $60 million venture capital financing by our client, a biotechnology company
  • Private placement offering of securities by our client, a university spin-out, to accredited investors



  • Research, development and commercialization collaborations
  • Partnering, strategic alliance and joint venture arrangements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Product and asset acquisitions and divestitures
  • Intellectual property and technology licensing and transfer
  • Venture capital, initial public offerings and other equity and debt financings
  • Clinical trial and CRO arrangements
  • Manufacturing, supply and distribution arrangements
  • Sales force and co-promotion arrangements
  • Company formation, structuring and governance
  • Dispute resolution

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