Pierce Atwood’s life sciences practice includes lawyers with a broad range of legal, business, and scientific expertise.

Our interdisciplinary life sciences team comprises attorneys skilled at corporate law, IP transactions, patent and trademark prosecution and counseling, patent post-grant, and IP litigation, working together to provide clients with sound legal advice and creative solutions.

Our life sciences attorneys have substantial experience in representing both nonprofit institutions and corporate clients, from start-ups to large multinationals. We assist these clients in a diverse range of matters, both with respect to the nature of the technology involved – organic chemistry; molecular and cellular biology; genetics and pharmacology, for example – and the nature of the matter, including:

  • General corporate and business counseling
  • M&A and investment transactions
  • Patent prosecution and portfolio development
  • Opinion work including patentability, infringement, validity and freedom to operate
  • IP transactional, including licensing, joint development agreements, sponsored research agreements, research collaboration and materials transfer agreements and transactional due diligence

Notable among our life sciences corporate clients are companies active in molecular diagnostics and therapeutics, medical devices, and regenerative medicine. We have also assisted some of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic and research institutions in connection with developing valuable international patent portfolios. The licensing of these valuable portfolios has been an important source of ongoing revenue for both corporate and nonprofit clients.

Our team includes a number of attorneys with PhDs in disciplines including immunology and chemistry. Many of our attorneys have worked in the life science industry in legal and technical capacities. We understand the industry and are committed to fielding a team of capable attorneys with the expertise required to guide life science companies through the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow.

Representative Experience

We provide immigration support for The Jackson Laboratory, an independent nonprofit biomedical research institution whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. Founded in 1929, JAX now operates state-of-the art research facilities in Bar Harbor, Maine; Sacramento, California; Farmington, Connecticut; and Ellsworth, Maine. The Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center is one of just a small number of United States National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers in the United States. The Jackson Laboratory researchers take an integrated approach to precision medicine, combining expertise in cancer, immunology, neurogenetics, computational biology, and life-cycle biology. 

Immigration Support for The Jackson Laboratory

Lead counsel to ImmuCell Corporation in $9 million public offering of common stock. ImmuCell is a growing animal health company that develops, manufactures and markets scientifically-proven and practical products that improve the health and productivity of dairy and beef cattle.

ImmuCell $9 Million Public Offering