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.

 

FDA Finalizes Rule and Sets Course to Phase In Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests

On May 6, 2024, following more than a decade of discourse with interested stakeholders on potential approaches to regulation of laboratory developed tests (LDTs), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rule setting forth its framework for oversight of LDTs. The final rule and accompanying policy to phase out…

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2nd BCLT Advanced Life Sciences Institute

Rapid advancement in life sciences technologies has made keeping up with the legal implications more important than ever. Join the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology for the 2nd BCLT Advanced Life Sciences Institute, where you will learn from the experts about cutting-edge issues impacting your life sciences practice. The…

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FDA Issues Final Rule on Regulation of Laboratory Developed Tests

On April 29, 2024, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its final rule on Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs). This final ruling amends the FDA’s regulations to make explicit that in vitro diagnostic products (IVDs), including those manufactured by laboratories, are devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic…

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The European Parliament Adopts Position on the European Commission’s Proposal for the First Major Overhaul of the EU Medicines Regulatory Framework in 20 Years

In April 2023, we published an alert in relation to two European Commission legislative proposals: new Regulation 2023/0131 and new Directive 2023/0132, to replace the current EU regulatory framework for all medicines (including those for rare diseases and children). On April 10, 2024, the European Parliament adopted its position on the European Commission’s legislative…

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Recap: Goodwin Rare Disease Symposium 2024

Goodwin’s Rare Disease Initiative hosted its Annual Rare Disease Symposium in Boston on March 13, 2024. Participants were invited to join for an afternoon of engaging and inspirational conversations led by Julie Tibbets, Matt Wetzel, and Danielle Lauzon, in addition to networking with peers in the rare disease community. The…

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Janssen v. Teva: Not an April Fool’s Day Joke for Life Sciences Companies

On April 1, 2024 the Federal Circuit released its opinion in Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al., affirming the district court’s finding that certain claims were not indefinite and remanding to the district court to reevaluate its obviousness decision.  The Federal Circuit’s analysis provides important considerations for life…

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A Look Ahead in Life Sciences: What We Are Tracking in Q2 2024 and Beyond

As the life sciences, medtech, and diagnostic industries continue to expand and grow increasingly complex, so does the legal, regulatory, and compliance landscape. To help companies and investors navigate the many evolving and emerging laws and regulations across pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, diagnostics, and laboratory testing, our Life Sciences Regulatory…

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USPTO Emphasizes Searches of FDA Databases for Pharmaceutical Patent Applications

In response to Biden Administration goals regarding increasing pharmaceutical competition and lowering drug prices, the USPTO recently released training provided to the USPTO examining corps on utilizing publicly available FDA and NIH databases for prior art searches. The goal of the training is to ensure that all relevant prior art…

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2023-2024 Key Trends and Updates: Securities Litigation Against Life Sciences Companies Webinar

In this webinar, Caroline Bullerjahn, Tucker DeVoe, and Justin Ward from Goodwin, and Frank Schneider from Cornerstone Research will discuss key updates and recent trends concerning securities class actions filed against publicly traded pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and healthcare product and services companies (collectively, “life sciences companies”), which continue to…

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FDA’s Laboratory Developed Test (LDT) Final Rule Under OIRA Review; Subcommittee on Health to Hold Hearing on Regulation of Diagnostic Tests

On March 1, 2024, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”), Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), Executive Office of the President received the final version of FDA’s rule on regulation of laboratory developed tests (“LDTs”) for administrative review.  Having swiftly moved to OIRA review in under 5-months from…

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