Life Sciences


Wiggin and Dana regularly represents biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device clients on matters critical to their industry, including

    • Collaborative and strategic alliances. Counseling clients in a variety of collaborative research, development, licensing, and marketing arrangements in diverse medical areas, including
      • Oncology
      • Metabolic disorders
      • Viral diseases
      • Cardiovascular disorders
      • Neuroscience
      • Immunology
      • Dermatology
      • Orphan drugs
    • University licensing, sponsored research, grants, and consulting arrangements, addressing such issues as the ownership of inventions, royalties, support for research, and equity participation by universities. We regularly counsel clients with respect to university and research institution arrangements worldwide.
    • Mergers, acquisitions, and divestments of businesses, facilities, and product rights, both domestic and cross-border.
    • Financings. Public offerings, venture capital financings, and corporate partner equity investments for our international pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients, including
      • Biotechnology and life sciences companies seeking venture capital, seed, or angel financing
      • Pharmaceutical companies, venture capital funds, and angels providing strategic financing
      • Founders
      • Strategic investors
    • Intellectual property matters, including worldwide prosecution and litigation of patents, trade secrets, trademarks, domain names, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Several of our patent attorneys have practical knowledge in scientific disciplines relevant to the life sciences.
    • Health care issues, in areas such as data privacy and protection, bioinformatics, telemedicine, rights in medical data and research protocols, and consent issues.
    • Human resources, with significant experience advising our biotechnology and life science clients on immigration, protection of proprietary information, safety and environmental concerns, compensation, stock options plans, and other benefits.
    • Products liability litigation and dispute resolution, including assisting our clients in resolving intellectual property, contract, and other commercial disputes with commercial partners, competitors, and others. Our combined patent practice and litigation experience allows us to assist clients in the enforcement and defense of patent infringement proceedings relating to important business and technical assets.
    • Real estate, construction, and facilities, assisting large multinational pharmaceutical companies as well as startup biotechnology companies in the leasing, acquisition, construction, financing and development of essential research and manufacturing facilities.