Welcome to the Goodwin’s Life Sciences Perspectives Blog, a resource specifically aimed at addressing your most frequent and pressing issues and providing insights on current developments.

The challenges across the life sciences industry are as abundant as the opportunities. From tightening federal regulations and market forces to revolutionary innovations, the headwinds are stiff and shifting but they are navigable. We will be tracking emerging issues and developments on private and public company matters, licensing deals and collaborations, patent and IP matters, FDA and healthcare regulatory compliance, and European and Asian developments for life sciences companies. Sign up to receive postings from Goodwin’s Life Sciences Perspectives blog by clicking here.

 

Promotion of Devices Subject to the FDA’s COVID-19 Enforcement Policies

The Biden Administration’s withdrawal of the Trump Administration’s proposal to exempt 84 medical device types from the FDA’s premarket notification, or 510(k), requirement, underscores the promotional framework that developers and marketers of these devices are subject to.  The Trump Administration proposal included devices critical to combating the COVID-19 public health…

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SEC Chairman’s Comments Signal Likely Changes to Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans

Rule 10b5-1 trading plans have faced increased scrutiny since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding public focus on stock sales by executives of public life sciences companies. On June 7, 2021, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler continued that scrutiny when he delivered prepared remarks to the Wall Street…

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Drug Development Scorecard — A Guide for Companies Navigating the FDA Drug and Biologic Development and Approval Process

Developing a new drug or biologic is a complex process. Based on our extensive experience advising early-stage and clinical-stage companies, the Goodwin FDA team created this “scorecard” for companies to use as a guide as they navigate the FDA drug development and approval process. The drug development scorecard (or checklist)…

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Getting Over The Hurdle

Companies often use equity incentives to reward key members of their workforce and attract and retain the best talent. In the UK, companies have typically granted EMI options (a government‑backed, tax-advantageous share option) or unapproved options. However, where a company is unable to grant EMI options (for example, because the…

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Conducting Internal Investigations – In-House Counsel’s Guide

Whether you are a director, or a member of an in-house legal, human resources, or internal audit team, there are sensitive scenarios that occur daily in life sciences companies that trigger the need for an internal investigation. Goodwin has crafted an “In-House Counsel’s Guide” that sets forth a framework of…

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Disrupt + Innovate + Transform: Key Regulatory Issues for Digital Health Companies Webinar

Goodwin Life Sciences and Healthcare partner Roger Cohen and associate Anne Brendel along with Life Sciences and FDA associate Steven Tjoe kicked off Goodwin’s multi-part webinar series “Disrupt + Innovate + Transform: A Healthcare Webinar Series” with “Key Regulatory Issues for Digital Health Companies” discussing the key regulatory issues affecting…

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EDPB Clarifies Scientific Research GDPR Compliance; Key Questions for US Sponsors Remain

Last month, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) issued additional guidance on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) in the area of scientific health research. You can read our summary of the key takeaways here. While the EDPB’s responses offer some clarifications, many obstacles and complications remain…

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