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Life Sciences is one of the most innovative and complex market sectors. It is currently undergoing a period of intense transformation, with companies facing an ever-increasing level of regulation as well as strict cost management in order to remain competitive and profitable.

Taylor Wessing’s Life Sciences team is widely regarded as one of the market leaders, providing a comprehensive legal service to pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, diagnostics and research tool companies, as well as service providers in this sector.

Our recognition is based on the extensive expertise the group has in advising across the full range of practice areas that are central to the business of any life sciences company including: patent litigation, fund formation, venture capital, regulatory advice and licensing.

Whether you are just starting up or are a major multinational, we can advise you throughout your whole product life cycle, from discovery and development through to end-of-life patent disputes.

Visit Synapse for news and analysis on legal and commercial issues in the life sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Cosmetics
    • Borderline products (pharmaceuticals vs cosmetics)
    • Comprehensive regulatory advice including formulations, labelling and advertising
    • Commercial agreements (manufacturing, supply and distribution)
    • Trademark filing and protection
    View all our Cosmetics experts
  • Food, nutrition & supplements

    Food and nutrition are subject to an ever increasing level of regulation. As such, manufacturers and distributors continually face new challenges with regard to compliance with laws concerning every stage of the supply and distribution chain. We offer a comprehensive advisory service, including:

    • food law, novel food and food supplements law including issues of product group demarcation
    • comprehensive advisory service from initial product concept through to distribution of foods including foods for special medical purpose, dietary and functional foods
    • advice with regard to compulsory food labelling under European and national law
    • admissibility of advertising campaigns under European and national law, in particular with regard to the European Health Claims Regulation

    View all our Food, nutrition & supplements experts
  • Health tech

    We support you in all matters associated with the use of digital products and processes in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors. We assist you with developments and processes that play an increasingly important role in the future of the industry, such as:

    • data protection
    • cloud computing and outsourcing of patient data and social data
    • use of telemedicine, mobile devices and health apps
    • introduction of hospital information systems
    • digital patient file and electronic health card
    • use of health data for therapeutic purposes (personalised medicine / holistic diagnosis)

    View all our Health tech experts
  • Medical devices

    Our advice to clients is underpinned by a thorough understanding of the complex regulatory framework within which the sector operates. We have extensive experience advising medical devices companies on a range of issues, including:

    • comprehensive medicinal regulatory advice including certifications, clinical trials, labelling and advertising
    • protection of IP including international patent litigation
    • trade mark filing and protection
    • licensing, partnering deals, R & D cooperation projects
    • funding rounds
    • transactions
    • public procurement
    • compliance, transparency rule

    View all our Medical devices experts
  • Pharma & biotech

    Many members of our team advising pharma and biotech clients have scientific backgrounds and experience working as in-house lawyers in the industry. Our deep understanding of the sector enables us to provide our clients with commercially-focussed advice to meet all our clients’ legal needs:

    • comprehensive medicinal regulatory advice including authorisations, clinical trials, labelling and advertising
    • protection of IP including international patent litigation
    • trade mark filing and protection
    • licensing, partnering deals, R & D cooperation projects
    • funding rounds
    • transactions
    • public procurement
    • compliance, transparency rule

    View all our Pharma & biotech experts

Intellectual property

Competition & regulatory

Finance & venture capital

IP strategy & brand protection

Medicinal products & medical devices

Nutrition & nutrition supplements

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