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.

 

Moving from the Informed Consent to Approved Labeling: Preparing for Risks in Product Marketing & Use Webinar Recording

On February 3, 2021 Goodwin FDA Regulatory partner, Julie Tibbets, Products Litigation + Counseling partner, Nilda Isidro, and Risk Management & Insurance counsel Brian Mukherjee discussed what drug and biologic companies with late-stage product candidates can do to best position their products to mitigate the risks that come with transitioning from clinical trials to…

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FDA Issues Guidance for Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturers to Minimize Potential Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

On January 19, 2021, the FDA issued guidance for licensed and investigational cellular and gene therapy (CGT) manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new guidance supplements the recommendations provided in FDA’s June 2020 guidance regarding manufacturing controls to prevent contamination in drugs, risk assessment of SARS-CoV-2 as it relates to…

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Tensions in University Start-up Life Science Licensing Agreements

University tech transfer offices (TTOs) and venture capital firms (VCs) work closely together to advance certain technologies and discoveries from the lab to the market.  However, because there are different motivations and incentives for TTOs and VCs while negotiating licensing agreements, tensions often arise during these negotiations. At a meeting…

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Highlights for SaMD Developers: FDA’s January 2021 Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Action Plan

On January 12, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its Action Plan for further development of the Agency’s framework for regulatory oversight of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) based Software as a Medical Device (SaMD).  The Action Plan identifies several opportunities for SaMD developers to…

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Hedging COVID-19 Pandemic Risks in Early-Stage Financings

In recent posts, we reviewed “down-rounds” and hedging COVID-19 pandemic risks in M&A. This post complements them and focuses on early-stage life sciences companies and their potential investors. While the customary development timelines for life sciences companies may seem less prone to risks associated with COVID-19, the pandemic still resulted…

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FDA Announces Temporary Review Timelines for Responses to Facility Assessment-Related Complete Response Letters Due to COVID-19

As follow-up to our October post on pre-approval and pre-licensure inspections impacting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug and biologic approvals, this blog post discusses FDA’s recently announced temporary policy set forth in its December 2020 guidance on review timelines for company responses to a Complete Response letter (CRL)…

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Congress Enacts Amendments Affecting The Regulation Of Generic Drugs And Biosimilars

On December 27, 2020, the President signed into law the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021” (the “Act”). Included within this omnibus legislation are several provisions (in Division BB, Title III, Subtitle C) that affect the regulation of generic drugs and biosimilar medicines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read…

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