From Idea to Commercialized Product: Collaborations and Partnering in BioPharma

March 22, 2023 2:00pm

Lauren Pignataro Rakitin
Covington & Burling LLP

Jared Auclair
Vice Provost Research Economic Development
Director of Bioinnovation

Northeastern University

While smaller biotechnology companies are typically undertaking early stage research and perhaps even early clinical development in-house, the industry continues to see partnerships between big pharma and biotech in later stage development and commercialization. These collaborations are key to long-term success in the industry, as big pharma is able to provide capital and later-stage expertise and market access, while biotechnology companies are the crux of innovation. This session explores common legal and business issues at- stake in negotiating these collaborations or partnerships, such as:

  • How to maintain control of and value in the biotechnology company’s platform or other technology while providing exclusivity to the partner
  • How manufacturing gene and other cell therapies differs from traditional therapies and how this plays out in collaborations
  • How does ownership of resulting intellectual property work if both parties are contributing to R&D