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To succeed in the life sciences sector, you need a legal partner that sees the big picture. Whether it’s understanding the science, how patent strategies affect market position, how outsourcing impacts costs, how litigation strategies affect reputation and resources, or how effectively structuring transactions mitigates risk and achieves tax and cost efficiencies, Gowlings provides you with the cross-disciplinary insight and practical legal advice you need to realize your business objectives.

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With over 150 legal professionals across Canada and internationally, the Gowlings Life Sciences Group is home to some of Canada’s most recommended practitioners in business law, intellectual property and life sciences litigation. Our team comprises not only lawyers, but also patent and trade-mark agents, and many of our members hold advanced academic degrees and bring direct industry experience to their practice. This expertise allows us to serve the full spectrum of clients in the life sciences sector — from investors, underwriters and public issuers to innovative startups and multinational brands.


Whether your focus is pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare services, vaccines, food, agriculture or cosmetics, Gowlings has the legal expertise to guide you at every stage of your company or product life cycle:

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Gowlings professionals have been involved in some of Canada’s most important life sciences cases and transactions, and are recognized by many of the world’s foremost legal directories and publications. Highlights include:

  • In 2012, Gowlings was recognized by Thomson Reuters as the No. 1 law firm for Canadian M&A, completing more Canadian M&A deals than any other law firm
  • Gowlings was among the top-listed law firms in Canada for life sciences in Who’s Who Legal: Canada, based on the number of our professionals recognized as market leaders
  • For nearly two decades, Managing IP has recognized Gowlings as a Tier 1 intellectual property firm in Canada in its annual World IP Survey
  • In 2013, Benchmark Canada Litigation recognized 25 Gowlings lawyers as “litigation stars” in 18 categories, including product liability, class actions and competition law
  • Gowlings is counsel of record in more patent infringement actions, trade-mark proceedings and Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) hearings than any other Canadian law firm
  • For five consecutive years, International Tax Review has ranked Gowlings as a Tier 1 firm for tax planning excellence, and Finance Monthly has named Gowlings as Canada’s “Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year” for two years in a row

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