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To boldly go where no lawyer has gone before. OK, that might overdo it, but attorneys for the life sciences industry help make possible what has never been possible before. They ensure that the business works so that the science can develop. The D.C.-area lawyers profiled in this issue counsel biotech startups, pharmaceutical giants, and academic research facilities. They plan patent strategy, negotiate complex collaborations, and go to court when necessary. How did we choose them? We solicited suggestions from readers and our own staff. Then reporter Nathan Carlile talked to a host of private practitioners, in-house counsel, and other people who work with life sciences lawyers. And then we made a list. Click here to learn more about the Leading Lawyers series, including how to nominate attorneys for the two remaining reports this year: deal-making mavens (nominations are due April 14) and immigration specialists (nominations due July 7).
Life Sciences 2006: Counsel on the Cutting Edge When it comes to collaborating on cutting-edge research, laying out a fruitful patent strategy, protecting a critical IP asset, or helping big pharma work with biotech, these eight lawyers offer the best counsel. • Must MedImmune Breach Before It Sues? After much legal scrutiny, MedImmune v. Genentech is headed to a Supreme Court showdown. How the justices decide this dispute over DNA technology could dramatically affect the future of patent licensing. • Authorized Generics Are Good for You As the Federal Trade Commission studies the competitive effects of authorized generics, it should remember the balancing of interests in the Hatch-Waxman Act between pioneer and generic drug manufacturers.

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