Building lasting relationships with some of the most successful biopharma, medical device, diagnostic and healthcare companies, our cross-disciplinary teams partner with clients through key moments in their lifecycle.

Leading life sciences and healthcare companies that are changing the world through innovation rely on Fenwick for advice on their most business-critical legal needs. Our highly specialized lawyers—many with prior careers in the life sciences industry as general counsel, scientists, bankers and regulatory employees—help clients become and remain market leaders.

Our lawyers possess deep industry and scientific knowledge, as well as an understanding of how life sciences companies are formed, financed, grown and taken public or acquired based on decades of experience in scaling with companies from inception.

Often serving as outsourced general counsel, we represent hundreds of companies and institutions at various stages of their development—from innovative biotechnology startups that are pioneering the latest breakthroughs in gene and cell therapies, small molecules and antibodies, to global medical device companies and pharmaceutical giants looking into strategic acquisitions. We also have strong ties to venture capital and investment banking firms and other strategic investors focused on the life sciences industry.

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  • Venture Financings

    In recent years, we’ve handled 180+ life sciences venture financing transactions, with a cumulative value in excess of $3.8 billion, including:

    • GRAIL’S $1.2 billion Series B financing
    • Freenome’s $160 million Series B financing
    • Nurix Therapeutics' $120 million financing
    • Passage Bio’s $115.5 million Series A financing
    • Arcutis’ $94.5 million Series C financing
    • Graybug Vision’s $80 million Series C financing
  • Investor Representation

    We advise venture capital, investment banking firms and other strategic investors focused on the life sciences industry including:

    • AbbVie Ventures
    • Agilent Technologies
    • Frazier Healthcare
    • Kaiser Permanente Ventures
    • Merck
    • NEA
  • Initial Public Offerings

    We’ve recently represented issuers and underwriters in some of the most important biotech and life sciences IPOs, including:

    • Adaptive Biotechnologies $345 million IPO (as underwriters’ counsel)
    • Passage Bio’s $248.4 million IPO
    • Arcutis Biotherapeutics' $183.3 million IPO
    • Stoke Therapeutics $163 million IPO
    • Morphic Therapeutic’s $103.5 million IPO
    • Sutro Biopharma’s $85 million IPO
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

    We’ve completed 100+ transactions for life sciences companies, including key industry mergers:

    • Loxo Oncology’s $8 billion acquisition by Eli Lilly
    • Cepheid’s $4 billion acquisition by Danaher Corporation
    • Audentes Therapeutics’ $3 billion acquisition by Astellas Pharma
    • Dermira’s $1.1 billion acquisition by Eli Lilly
    • Mavupharma’s acquisition by AbbVie
    • Modis Therapeutics’ acquisition by Zogenix
  • Collaborations and Licensing

    Our licensing group has advised on 300+ partnering and licensing matters, including related to antibodies, gene and cell therapies and medical devices in the last five years, including:

    • Loxo Oncology’s $1.55 billion partnership with Bayer to develop and commercialize their franchise of highly selective TRK inhibitors for patients with TRK fusion cancers
    • Second Genome’s $300 million strategic mircobiome collaboration with Gilead
    • Santen Pharmaceuticals’ $252 million licensing and commercialization agreement with jCyte to develop and commercialize its investigational therapy outside the U.S.
    • Passage Bio’s expanded gene therapy collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania
    • Veracyte’s license agreement with Yale to advance the first genomic test for predicting disease progression in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
    • Dexcom's collaboration and license agreement with Verily
  • Litigation

    We’re called upon to handle some of the most critical disputes and litigation matters in the sector, including Hatch-Waxman, patent, trade secret, securities and licensing disputes, for clients such as:

    • Almirall
    • Loxo Oncology
    • Natus Medical
    • Novo Nordisk
    • Novozymes
    • Pfizer
    • UCB Pharma
    • Quest Diagnostics
  • Patent

    Our 60+ registered patent professionals, many with Ph.D.s, M.D.s and other advanced degrees, and experience in disciplines such as chemistry, molecular biology and immunology, provide strategic patent prosecution and counseling and IP due diligence for numerous life sciences companies and investors, including:

    • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
    • GRAIL
    • Immunocore
    • Roivant Sciences
    • Shape Therapeutics
    • Sofinnova Partners
  • Follow-On Offerings

    We regularly handle equity and debt offerings for a variety of clients, including:

    • Aeglea BioTherapeutics
    • AnaptysBio
    • Dexcom
    • KalVista
    • Sierra Oncology
    • Veracyte

Representative Clients

Representative Therapeutics Clients:

Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Affinia Therapeutics, Almirall, Ambys Medicines, Amunix Pharmaceuticals, AnaptysBio, Audentes Therapeutics, BioAge Labs, Calico, DiCE Molecules, E-Scape Bio, Graybug Vision, Halozyme Therapeutics, Immunocore, Invenra, Loxo Oncology, KalVista, Maze Therapeutics, Morphic Therapeutic, Neoleukin Therapeutics, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Passage Bio, Perfuse Therapeutics, Pfizer, Prelude Therapeutics, Seattle Genetics, Second Genome, Stoke Therapeutics, Sutro Biopharma and UCB Pharma

Representative Investor Clients:

3M Ventures, AbbVie Ventures, Agilent Technologies, Andreessen Horowitz, Atlas Venture, F-Prime, Frazier Healthcare, Hikma Ventures, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Kinnevik, Kleiner Perkins, Lilly Asia Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, Mayfield, McKesson Ventures, Merck, Nautilus Venture Partners, NEA, Novo Ventures, Perceptive Advisors, Sofinnova Partners and Vulcan Capital

Representative Medical Device and Diagnostic Clients:

Agilent Technologies, Align Technology, Applaud Medical, Apostle, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Cardiac Dimensions, Channel Medsystems, Centricity Vision, Cepheid, Dexcom, EchoNous, Emulate, GRAIL, Inari Medical, Impel NeuroPharma, Joylux, Natus Medical, NeuroVision Imaging, Meril Life Sciences, Quest Diagnostics, ResMed, Senseonics, Think Surgical, Ventec Life Systems and Veracyte


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