The Social Network in the Courts: 4 Legal Issues That Frequently Come Up with Social Media

Social media has touched and changed nearly every aspect of our world and lives. We are now more connected than ever, which has allowed for enhanced collaboration and awareness around the world. The social network has had a significant impact on the legal world as well, but not in the ways that you might think. 1) What is secret may no longer be secret. Gone are the days of knowing that only one copy of a Read More

Johnson & Johnson Is on the Move

I had the opportunity for a pre-opening visit to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLabs NYC (“JLabs-NYC”) facility at the New York Genome Center.  JLabs is an innovative outreach program by Johnson & Johnson to assist growing life sciences companies develop their technologies in a supportive environment. And there are no strings attached! JLabs-NYC does not require an equity interest in the tenant Read More

Why Use Market Analysis to Guide Your Startup Development Plans?

The short answer is because your product or service will usually not sell itself. No matter how novel or revolutionary your product or service is, you still need to know if there is a market for it. The Basics Market analysis fills in these gaps while also simultaneously providing your startup with a great deal of useful information about a variety of factors (which will likely come into play in determining Read More

JLABS Opening in NYC

JLABS, Johnson & Johnson’s innovation center venture, is opening a branch in SoHo. I met Dr. Kate Merton, Director of JLABS@NYC at a recent kick-off event. She is a highly skilled scientist and entrepreneur who is passionate about supporting innovative life sciences company.  As a former Johnson & Johnson lawyer, I’m very pleased to see Johnson & Johnson taking this approach. In recent years, Johnson Read More

Why Incorporate in Delaware?

Clients sometime ask me why so many investors and business owners choose to incorporate in Delaware. The answer is straightforward. It’s a result of the Delaware General Corporate Law and interpretations of that law by the Delaware Supreme Court and the Delaware Court of Chancery. Although it’s a small State, Delaware has set a legal framework that is pro-management, practical and extensively studied and Read More

How to Protect Your Company’s Intellectual Property as a Startup

In today’s modern world, a company’s most valuable assets aren’t necessarily the physical products that they produce. Instead, it is the intellectual property of these companies that give them their value. Nowhere is this truer than in the life sciences industry, though the same concepts certainly apply to just about every other field. Proactively protecting your company’s intellectual property is critical for long Read More

How Analytics Can Impact Patient Care

In the health sciences, information technology and data analytics can have a dramatic impact on well-being. An example of this is the use of innovation to address some of the world’s most pressing health challenges.  One of these challenges is sepsis.  It’s a severe bloodstream infection that, if left untreated, can lead to organ failure or death. And it’s a major cause of increased hospital stays for patients Read More

Unique Eavesdropping on Investors’ Discussions – December 13

The Mid-Atlantic BioAngels group is sponsoring an interesting pitch competition among winners of a number of East Coast pitch events. The presenters will be able to present and then hear the confidential assessments of experienced investors they otherwise never learn about.  It should be fascinating.  One of my advisees will be presenting and I’m eager to see how he does.  Check out the link to see the details.  Read More

5 Key Legal Issues in Clinical Trials

Conducting clinical trials is an important part of developing new medical products and procedures. These trials can be difficult to structure properly, time-consuming, and very expensive. What many people fail to realize, however, is that they can also raise significant legal issues if they aren’t done properly. Whether your business is considering a clinical trial, or you’re already in the middle of one, make Read More

Bench to Bedside Initiative “Pitch” Event

Medical innovation is alive and well in NYC. I had the pleasure of serving as a judge at the Bench to Bedside Initiative Practice Round “Pitch” Event at Weill Cornell Medical College this week.  The Bench to Bedside Initiative is a collaboration among Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University.  Post-doctoral fellows and Ph.D. students are given the opportunity Read More