Life Sciences & Healthcare

Stikeman Elliott provides a full range of commercial, litigation and intellectual property law services for companies in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, including pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, diagnostic testing laboratories, clinical trial management companies, and healthcare facilities.

From life sciences start-ups to multinational corporations, we provide practical and business-oriented advice on regulatory matters, licensing and cross-licensing, strategic contracts and joint ventures, clinical trial compliance, labelling and marketing, patent portfolio development, copyright and trademark issues. Counsel also includes M&A, corporate finance, R&D grants and other financial assistance, taxation, and employment. As a result of our significant product liability and class action defence experience in this sector, Stikeman Elliott litigators can quickly provide a reasoned assessment of strategic options when time is of the essence.

We have also been highly active in the growth of innovative financing for healthcare infrastructure development in Canada, including Public-Private Partnership financing completed on any combination of Design, Build, Finance, Operate, and Maintain models. This expertise includes acting for developers, lenders and sponsors in a variety of hospital, research facility and long-term care facility development projects.

Our Expertise

  • Clinical trials
  • Copyright and trademark matters
  • Cross-licensing
  • DINs
  • Food and Drug Act compliance
  • GMP
  • Health Canada approvals and challenges
  • Investigations
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Labelling and marketing
  • Licensing, manufacturing, wholesale, supply, and distribution agreements
  • Material transfer agreements
  • Patent portfolio development
  • Patent prosecution and litigation
  • Patented Medicine Prices Review Board matters
  • Product authorizations, licensing and inspections
  • Product listing agreements
  • Provincial formularies
  • R&D agreements and grants
  • Recalls
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017