Life Sciences


Our lawyers have been pioneers in managing the regulatory and contractual activities of public institutions, corporations, and organizations in Quebec’s life sciences sector.

Over the years, they have advised many hospitals and university research centers in the management of their research contracts and the financing and commercialization of their research results. They also advise biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies at every stage of their development, offering them creative solutions to the problems they face in the negotiation and management of technology transfer, licensing, toll manufacturing, and distribution agreements, for example. 


  • Contracts for the management, financing, and commercialization of intellectual property (assignment, licensing, collaboration, technology transfer, distribution, and manufacturing)
  • Research and development contracts (clinical and fundamental research contracts, service contracts, collaboration agreements, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, non-competition and inter-institutional agreements)
  • Agreements concerning the activities of contract research organizations (CROs)
  • Offshore outsourcing agreements
  • Regulatory compliance (clinical trials, best practices, government grants, clinical research in hospitals)
  • Protection of intellectual property (technology commercialization and development companies, legal opinions, litigation)
  • Commercial transactions (mergers, acquisitions, asset and share purchases)
  • Business finance (banking, public and private offerings)
  • Corporate organization (incorporation, privatization of research centres, joint ventures, organization of research companies)
  • Taxation (R&D credits, certificates of competency)
  • Immigration of foreign researchers and experts

Representative mandates

  • Review more than 2,000 research and development contracts for various clients
  • Draft numerous model license agreements, toll manufacturing agreements, and distribution agreements
  • Help set up the Centre of Excellence in Personalized Medicine (Cepmed), SOVAR (the technology development and commercialization company of Université Laval), and several consortia and institutes
  • Act as counsel to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, particularly with respect to the harmonization of contractual practices in the field of clinical research