Clients trust Jake to anticipate the unknown and structure complex agreements that protect their interests over the long term.
Jake counsels life sciences and technology clients—ranging from emerging growth companies to established tech businesses—at formation through exit. Leveraging a background in molecular biology, Jake is recognized for his innovative, forward-thinking approach to helping early-stage biotechnology companies maximize the value of company assets. He leads Fenwick’s technology transactions group.
In a deal praised by news media as a “pivotal event,” Jake represented Calico, the Google-backed life sciences company, in a novel scientific collaboration with AbbVie, a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company, to research and develop therapeutics for age-related diseases. On the technology side, Jake counseled 26 member-investor companies—collectively known as Allied Security Trust—in a unique collaboration to acquire all 498 patents from MIPS Technologies.
Whether he is bringing in core IP from a university or facilitating a company’s first collaboration with a pharmaceutical company, clients trust Jake to anticipate the unknown and structure complex agreements that protect their interests over the long term.
Jake’s representative transactions include:
Jake’s scientific acumen complements his legal expertise. While at the University of California at San Diego, he was the recipient of the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training in Exobiology Graduate Fellowship. In preparation for the Mars Pathfinder mission, Jake’s research focused on early biotics and potential conditions for life beyond Earth.