Life Sciences and Healthcare


Recognised across the major global directories as a top tier life sciences firm, our International Life Sciences & Healthcare group works with over 50% of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and has the largest patent litigation group in Europe.

With increased regulatory scrutiny, pricing and cost pressures, as well as the rapid developments in genomic technology leading to a more personalised approach to medicine and healthcare, businesses and organisations in the life sciences and healthcare sector face a growing number of complex legal and regulatory challenges in order to stay competitive. 
Our multidisciplinary team can advise you on every aspect of the business cycle of a life science and healthcare product or service. We guide you through incorporation, development, financing and partnering, mergers & acquisitions, protection and exploitation of intellectual property, and the regulatory framework. We have extensive experience in technology transfers, IP licensing and corporate transactions, data protection, regulatory and privacy issues, competition law, R&D collaborations, clinical trials, marketing arrangements, trade mark and patent disputes, public procurement and product liability.

We use Bird & Bird’s expertise in IT, IP and strategic partnerships to help our clients deliver smarter healthcare for the 21st century. Our focus on mobile health projects, outsourcings and large-scale networked IT is complemented by the ecommerce, data protection compliance and regulatory work that Bird & Bird undertakes for clients operating in the sector.

We work with a vast array of companies including pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices companies, start-ups and university spin outs, financial institutions, hospitals, government bodies and their suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and clinical research organisations. We take a multi-disciplinary approach, delivering more than just the core legal and litigation services.

Our team of over 240 specialist life sciences and healthcare lawyers worldwide offer a full service, including advice in the following areas: Intellectual property, Corporate, Regulatory, Licensing and Commercial transactions, Data Protection, EU & Competition and Employment.

Heads of Group: Marc Martens in Brussels and Mark Hilton in London.

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