Life Sciences

Life sciences is a vast and diverse sector – from mature pharmaceutical companies to exciting, younger businesses based on incredible science and with exceptional long-term prospects. With its world-class universities and leading research centres, the Thames Valley has become the natural home for many organisations operating in this dynamic and inspiring area at the forefront of innovation.

The experienced and passionate Pitmans team offers life sciences sector expertise, a deep understanding of the unique challenges, concerns and opportunities and a fully integrated service to meet all of your legal needs. We can assist with fund raising, M&A, commercial agreements, data protection, dispute resolution, IP, employment, licensing and immigration, real estate and all your commercial legal needs.

We provide bespoke legal advice and support to businesses of all types and sizes – from international pharmaceutical companies to entrepreneurial start-ups and foreign corporates looking to set up business in the UK. Our clients include ATDBio, Illumina and Novacyt.

Case studies

We acted for the Administrators of a biotech company based in the UK with subsidiaries in Germany and Finland, advising them on the steps to take in relation to the insolvent Finnish subsidiary based on Finish insolvency law. We also advised on Licences, Sub-Licences and Distribution Agreements relating to their materials.


We acted for a leading cellular diagnostics company, Novacyt, on its acquisition of Primer Design.


We provided terms and conditions for ATDBio relation to the manufacture and production of oligonucleotides high quality modified oligos, fluorescent probes, long oligos and large-scale oligonucleotides synthesis for research.


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