Life Sciences

We represent Canadian and international pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, chemical and agricultural companies, from start-ups to established industry leaders, as well as contract research organizations, manufacturers, sellers and distributors of products and services in these fields.

Working with clients in this sector requires skills in a wide range of practice areas. We help our life sciences clients with all aspects of their operations, from business structuring, regulatory compliance, brand protection and commercialization of products to mergers and acquisitions, financing and dispute resolution. 

The services we provide to our life sciences clients include:

  • advising on regulatory compliance and marketing, including Health Canada approvals and licensing and post-market requirements, as well as packaging, labeling and advertising matters
  • drafting and negotiating research and development contracts and clinical trial agreements
  • elaborating strategies to optimize the life cycle of pharmaceutical products
  • drafting and negotiating all types of business agreements, including strategic alliances, confidentiality, consulting, outsourcing, technology transfer, licence, supply, distribution, co-promotion, packaging, and manufacturing agreements
  • protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • acting for clients in litigation involving contract and intellectual property disputes and legal challenges to regulatory requirements

Clients also benefit from our expertise in the following areas:

  • Corporate – advising on the appropriate structuring of start-ups and the creation of new Canadian subsidiaries or on setting up domestic or international joint ventures
  • Financing — negotiating and drafting financial agreements with venture capitalists
  • Employment – advising on employee contracts, including confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • Taxation – advising on the optimization of tax incentives surrounding R&D activities
  • Privacy — advising on privacy issues regarding the collection and use of data in compliance with applicable federal and provincial privacy laws 
  • Mergers & Acquisitions — advising on all types of transactions, whether for buyer or seller
  • Product liability — dealing with product complaints and risk management issues as well as defending product liability and class action claims

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