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How Small Biotechs Should Protect Their Interests During Mergers and Acquisitions
Early-stage companies need to assess whether a potential deal might unduly encumber the value of their intellectual property


BioPharm International
Volume 21, Issue 1

Q: How can a company best navigate the complexities of all the tactical options—strategic partnering, collaborations, licensing, another financing round and M&A?

A: Clearly understanding the financial risks and benefits of all options is the first step. However, other factors must be considered—how much control is the company willing to cede? What decision-making responsibilities are most important to the company and the long-term success of the drug or technology? What areas of expertise does the company have and where is it lacking?

Today's deal-making environment offers many options for life sciences companies. Companies need to fully understand the options—and the risks and rewards—related to strategic alliances and M&A so they can make the best decisions to preserve long-term enterprise value and also to enhance the probability of success.

Sergio Garcia is co chair of the life sciences group, and partner, corporate and intellectual property group, at Fenwick & West LLP, San Francisco, CA, 415.875.2366,


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