Health and life sciences

With its leading universities, world class centre of excellence and international pharmaceutical manufacturers, the North East’s life sciences sector is highly active and successful.

There are fantastic local facilities such as NETPark, the International Centre for Life and the Helix, and innovative businesses operating in the sector which include QuantuMDX, Piramal, Fuji Film Diosynth and GSK. The North East also benefits from active sector focussed membership organisations such as NEPIC and BioNow, which are key for creating strong local networks and raising awareness of how active the region is in this arena.

Current threats to the industry include the potential impacts of Brexit: with the likely reduction of funding opportunities, job losses, impact on supply chain and materials costs, changes to intellectual property protection and marketing authorisation changes. These issues require thought and contingency planning now to ensure that our Life Sciences sector is ready to respond to, and capitalise on, the challenges ahead.

Square One Law has excellent industry specific knowledge and experience. We can advise on key legal issues facing life science businesses, including intellectual property licensing, protection and enforcement, manufacturing and distribution arrangements, clinical trial arrangements, data protection as well as fundraising, State aid and EU and competition law issues. We can also assist with your risk assessment and planning for Brexit.

Membership organisations

Square One Law have a wealth of expertise in the Life Science sector, and have chaired panel discussions at Bionow Conferences. They are a valued supporter and participant in the ecosystem across the Biomedical and Pharmaceutical sectors, always engaging and willing to share their very relevant expertise and experience.

BioNow – Health and Lifesciences

Square One Law has always taken the time to understand the context of our commercial objectives and has then delivered the project outcomes by dealing with the immediate requirements and by proactively highlighting and managing material issues that could cause delay, unnecessary cost and complication.

Jarrett Palmer, Head of Biologics External Supply & Enabling Functions, AstraZeneca,

I cannot speak highly enough of the support received from the Square One Law team during this process. Not only were the team easy to deal with, they turned things around very quickly and their expertise in the biosciences sector was invaluable.

Angela Hildreth, Finance Director & Chief Operating Officer, Futura Medical,
Futura Medical – Health

I have known Gill for many years and it is challenging to find legal advisers who have the specific health care and technological knowledge to support our strategic objectives. This is why we use Square One Law, because the level of insight and commerciality of the advice they provide is invaluable.

Chris Kennelly, CEO, Cievert,
Cievert – Commercial/Health/Gill H


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