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Life Sciences


The life sciences industry is highly innovative and its participants are constantly searching for the cutting edge. It requires scientific achievement in the lab, business savvy in the C-suite, and regulatory experience in the halls of government. Drug makers, medical device manufacturers, clinical research organizations, and advocacy groups have to adapt as their industry moves forward – and the law evolves with it.

Parker Poe provides legal services at the forefront of the life sciences industry. Our clients include some of the top pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies in the world. We also regularly advise clinical laboratories, government and nonprofit research organizations, entrepreneurs, and scientists. We have been helping build a robust infrastructure for life sciences companies for more than 35 years, including through our representation of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center since its inception. Today, we partner with state and local economic development alliances and industry groups that support the life sciences from Atlanta to Washington, DC. 

Our Life Sciences Industry Team combines decades of experience with a passion for staying abreast of the latest industry trends. Clients benefit from the cross collaboration the team employs between multiple legal service areas such as health care, intellectual property, tax, employment, international business, real estate, litigation, government relations, and public policy. Within these service areas, we have dedicated attorneys focused on transactions, regulation, litigation, and defense. For multiple clients, we have been integral in helping with their legal staffing needs by offering integrated but outsourced general corporate, business, compliance, and regulatory counsel support. The breadth of our services enables clients to navigate changing legal and economic landscapes through one trusted resource.

Representative Experience


  • License and technology transfer agreements
  • Research and development agreements
  • Collaboration, alliance and joint venture agreements
  • Clinical trials agreements
  • Marketing, distribution and supply agreements
  • Bioinformatics agreements
  • Intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights and patents
  • Corporate formation, structuring and compliance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Facilities development/expansion and operations
  • Venture capital and related transactions
  • Securities and finance
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Promotional material strategy, development and review



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