Alan B. Leeds represents life sciences companies from early-stage biotechnology startups to global pharmaceutical companies, as well as specialty pharma, medical device, and other technology companies. He also works with venture capital and private equity firms that focus on the life sciences industry. Alan’s practice includes negotiating and structuring strategic alliances and other complex collaborations, corporate partnering arrangements, licensing transactions, product acquisitions and divestitures, manufacturing and supply agreements, distribution arrangements, co-promotion arrangements, and joint ventures.
Alan assists clients with the full spectrum of commercial activities, from early-stage research collaborations to global alliances to develop and commercialize products. In addition, he advises on financing transactions such as equity investments and royalty monetization with a focus on the life sciences industry.
Alan is the author or co-author of a number of articles relating to the life sciences industry, including, in the New Jersey Law Journal, “Keep One Eye on the Collaboration, And the Other on Exit Events,” and “Dividing the Intellectual Property Pie in the Life Sciences Industry.” Alan is also a contributor to Morgan Lewis’s Emerging Life Sciences Companies Deskbook. He has spoken on subjects related to the life sciences industry at various life sciences–related conferences, including Licensing Executives Society (LES) annual meetings.
Merck in its $14.2 billion agreement to sell its consumer care business to Bayer
Merck in its collaboration with Bayer to market and develop its portfolio of soluble guanylate cyclase modulators, under which Bayer receives a $1 billion up-front payment with the potential for additional milestone payments
Merck in its joint venture with Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, a leading Indian multinational pharmaceutical company, to develop, manufacture and commercialize new combinations and formulations of innovative, branded generics in the emerging markets
Merck in its agreement with Roche, through their respective subsidiaries, to improve the treatment, diagnosis, and awareness of chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection
Merck in its agreement with Gilead for the distribution of Atripla® in countries located primarily in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region
Lundbeck in its development and commercialization collaboration with Myriad for the Alzheimer's disease drug Flurizan with a $100 million up-front payment and additional milestones
Biovail in its more than $100 million product divestiture, strategic collaboration and research and development alliance with Kos Pharmaceuticals in the area of cardiovascular disease
Biovail in its license agreement with Kyowa Hakko Kirin for the US and Canadian rights to commercialize products containing istradefylline
Biovail in its $510 million acquisition of US commercialization rights to Wellbutrin XL® from GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK)
Biovail in its acquisition of certain AMPAKINE® compounds and associated intellectual property from Cortex Pharmaceuticals
Harvard Law School, 1999, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, 1996, B.S.
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Corporate/M&A, New Jersey, Chambers USA (2018)
Listed, BTI Client Service All-Star (2015)
Listed, LMG Life Sciences Guide "Life Sciences Stars" (2015–2017)
Next Generation Lawyer, Industry focus: Healthcare: life sciences, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Recommended, Industry focus - Healthcare - life sciences, The Legal 500 US (2017)