Life Sciences

Capitalizing on the opportunities in the highly regulated life sciences sector requires the expertise, experience and creativity to navigate complex business and legal environments that are often in a state of flux.

Our Life Sciences Group serves clients ranging from entrepreneurs to established global companies (both Canadian and foreign) in the following sectors: agriculture, alcoholic beverages (beer, liquor and wine), biofuels, biotechnology, chemicals, cosmetics, food, healthcare, medical devices, medical marijuana, natural health products, non-alcoholic beverages, pesticides, pharmaceuticals (i.e., prescription drugs, over-the-counter (“OTC”) drugs , biologics and subsequent entry biologics or biosimilars) and wellness coaching.

We help clients succeed throughout the life-cycle of their life science products and services by providing cross-disciplinary insight and practical legal advice dealing with a range of issues including:

  • capital raising for life sciences businesses and research
  • mergers and acquisitions of life sciences businesses, technologies and assets
  • commercialization of life sciences research, technologies, products and services
  • partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances of life sciences businesses
  • complying with the regulatory requirements for life sciences research including those for clinical trials
  • labelling, advertising, marketing and distribution of life science technologies, products and services
  • product liability, including safety alerts and recalls
  • licensing and outsourcing
  • protecting intellectual property and dealing with infringement issues
  • compliance with the regulatory requirements and approvals under life sciences laws such as the federal Food and Drugs Act and Pest Control Products Act and the Ontario Liquor License Act and Pesticides Act
  • helping life sciences businesses comply with policies, guidelines and codes published by regulators (both industry self-regulatory and governmental) including Advertising Standards Canada, the Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board, Innovative Medicines Canada, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and the Competition Bureau
  • compliance with environmental laws and associated industry self-regulatory and governmental stewardship programs
  • litigation and dispute resolution of business, regulatory and intellectual property issues
  • developing corporate and regulatory compliance programs
  • public policy and government relations

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