McDermott Hosts 8th Annual Life Sciences Dealmaking & VC Investing Bootcamp


McDermott Will & Emery, the leading international law firm, is hosting its 8th annual Life Sciences Dealmaking Symposium & VC Bootcamp on Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the Royal Sonesta Boston.

During this annual two-day event, thought leaders in life sciences will come together to identify and discuss the unique issues and opportunities facing the sector, both today and in the future.

Keynote speaker Scott Gottlieb, M.D., the 23rd Commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), will join McDermott’s FDA Practice co-chair, Vernessa Pollard, for a fireside chat to discuss strategies for improving public health, developing and implementing innovative approaches to improving medical outcomes, reshaping healthcare delivery and expanding consumer choice and safety.

“The opportunities for investment in the life sciences sector are unprecedented, but navigating the fast-paced deal environment and regulatory landscape can be complex and cumbersome,” said Kristian Werling, the Symposium Chair and co-chair of the Firm’s Life Sciences Practice, based in Chicago.

“Our goal is to ensure attendees come away with the insights and practical guidance they need to thrive in today’s life sciences dealmaking landscape,” added Kristian.

Session topics will include:

  • A discussion on current M&A trends and regulatory oversight
  • Data-driven innovation and new models for collaboration
  • Factors and insights for early-stage life sciences investors
  • Insight into how emerging trends and recent controls such as CFIUS will play in shaping the cross-border marketplace
  • Best practices from seasoned dealmakers, investors, industry executives and technical experts
  • Insight on the critical business, transactional and regulatory issues that impact growth and profitability.

Members of the media who are interested in talking to attendees in advance of this event should contact Stephen Hastings at or +1-202-756-8052 or Rebecca Shore at or +1-202-756-8987.

McDermott’s global Life Sciences Team fuels the mission of life sciences companies, leveraging a purpose-built and dedicated group of lawyers with demonstrated strengths across intellectual property, regulatory, transactional, employment and litigation law. Combining industry leadership and passion for the work they do – and leveraging the Firm’s deep healthcare experience – team members are routinely listed as “Life Sciences Stars” by LMG Life Sciences. Additionally, the Life Sciences Intellectual Property team was ranked as a leading US practice in Life Sciences on Managing IP’s “2018 IP Stars” list.

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