Armstrong Teasdale conducts a comprehensive biotechnology and life sciences business and intellectual property law practice. The group represents emerging and established companies, universities and research institutions, scientists and health care practitioners. Our clients are active in a variety of disciplines including tissue transplantation, plant and animal biotechnology, pharmaceutical products, medical devices, and FDA trials management.
The lawyers within this practice group have a broad range of scientific, technical, and corporate backgrounds, and work closely together in order to provide an integrated legal representation of a clients’ intellectual property, regulatory and corporate law needs.
The Biotechnology and Life Sciences Areas of Practice
- Venture Capital: Our lawyers work with the firm's biotechnology and life sciences growth company clients to secure funding through private placements, from venture capital funds, and from other sources.
- Intellectual Property: The most valuable asset of a biotechnology/life sciences company is often its intellectual property. In partnership with the Intellectual Property practice group, our lawyers prosecute patent applications to secure rights and provide the basis of in-licensing and out-licensing of technology in the areas of biotechnology, biochemistry, food science, and medical devices.
- Corporate Counseling: Our lawyers work with clients with respect to company formation, stock options, medical records, technology licensing, information technology, systems and infrastructure, manufacturing, distribution, clinical research organizations and other issues facing the biotechnology and life sciences industry. In this regard, lawyers have represented clients in numerous research, collaboration, license, consulting, confidentiality, material transfer, biological services and other biotechnology and life sciences agreements.
- Litigation: Armstrong Teasdale conducts an active and diverse litigation practice that involves many areas of significance to biotechnology and life science clients. These include patent infringement litigation involving GMO products and other biotechnology and bio-chemical issues. The litigation practice also includes a wide range of product liability, antitrust, contract and licensing disputes, trade secrets, commercial, corporate and securities matters.
- Corporate Partnering: The firm has represented established and emerging biotechnology and life sciences clients in structuring and negotiating corporate partnering agreements.
- Legislative, Public and Governmental Affairs: The firm's government relations professionals represent the medical and biomedical research communities before Congress, the White House, federal agencies and in many state capitals, with an active government relations office in Jefferson City, Missouri. From "bench to bedside," clients include researchers, scientists and clinicians and represent scientists and physicians at major medical and research institutions.
- University Licensing and Sponsored Research: Armstrong Teasdale's experience with university licensing and sponsored research includes projects involving universities and research sponsors throughout the United States. We also represent Midwest research institutions with respect to patent prosecution and venture capital matters.
- Labor and Employment: The labor and employment practice is national and comprehensive. Biotechnology and life sciences clients are represented in employment and terminations, immigration, OSHA, noncompete litigation, labor-union relations and employment law counseling.
- Facilities Development and Financing: Group members actively work with biotechnology and life sciences clients in developing and financing new facilities. As necessary, members draw up the resources of other lawyers in the areas of public finance, real estate and environmental law. Recent projects include a major expansion of a major pharmaceutical research campus and a university research building.
- Mergers and Acquisitions: The biotechnology and life sciences practice includes an active mergers and acquisitions practice.
- Active Industry Involvement: The biotechnology and life sciences lawyers are active in many life sciences and venture capital organizations and activities, often assuming leadership roles. Organizations in which lawyers are active include the American Bar Association Venture Capital Committee, ABA Biotechnology Committee, InvestMidwest Venture Capital Conference, Missouri Biotechnology Association, Missouri Venture Forum, Kansas City Area Development Council, St. Louis Coalition for Plant and Life Sciences, Technology Gateway Life Sciences Network, and the St. Louis Capital Alliance.