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Life Sciences & Healthcare

As a participant in the lifesciences and healthcare industry, you know that discovery and innovation are key to finding lasting health solutions. Yet due to the highly regulated nature of the industry, you - a corporate, investor or start-up - must overcome complex administrative, compliance and liability hurdles before your products and services can come to market.

With more than 480 lawyers, patent attorneys, scientists and academics across CMS and the support of the Lifesciences Asia-Pacific Network (LAN), we understand the scientific and commercial as well as the legal imperatives affecting your business.

Our experts, many of whom have worked in-house in your sector, have developed a shared capability in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and diagnostics. With active memberships in the major industry associations such as the ABPI, ABHI, BIVDA, PAGB, EUCOMED and EFPIA, we help shape the legal frameworks impacting the lifesciences sector.

We regularly advise our clients on their day to day operational needs such as support with public sector procurement, patent prosecution and enforcement, commercial agreements, tax and transfer pricing, and regulatory advice. Equally, when you need lifesciences specialist advice for strategic agreements, planning a corporate transaction or embarking on litigation (whether product liability or otherwise), we have a team that is well versed in the industry issues to help you.

"The team is described by one grateful client as being "very responsive and reliable regarding their legal advice to us."

Chambers and Partners

A market commentator emphasises the team's "wide legal service network and dedication," adding: "The firm is super good in handling multi-jurisdictional legal issues."

Chambers and Partners


Pharmaceutical advertising regulation and medical device advertising in...
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Digital health apps and telemedicine in Hong Kong
Digital Health Apps/Software 1. How is the software within digital health apps classified in your jurisdiction, and what regulation(s) apply? As a starting point, there is no specific or­din­ance/reg­u­la­tion...
Trade secret laws and regulations in Hong Kong
General 1. Has the Directive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2016 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their...
Adverse effects of drugs and vaccines in Hong Kong
1. Drug adverse effects: kinds of responsibility 1.1 Which are the main kinds of responsibility (contractual, in tort, criminal) of the following subjects with respect to adverse drugs reactions? There...
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, staying ahead of the curve and knowing what’s next for your business or sector is essential. At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your legal advisers but also as your business partners. We work together with you to not only resolve current issues but to anticipate future challenges and innovate to meet them. With our latest publication, CMS Next, our experts will regularly offer you insights into and fresh perspectives on a range of issues that businesses have to deal with – from ESG agendas to restructuring after the pandemic or facing the digital transformation. We will also share with you more about the work that we are doing for our clients, helping them innovate, grow and mitigate risk. To be able to provide you with the best support, we immerse ourselves in your world to understand your legal needs and challenges. However, it is equally important that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we invite you to meet our experts and catch a glimpse of what is happening inside CMS. Enjoy reading this publication, which we will update regularly with new content. CMS Executive Team
Global Life Sciences & Healthcare Festival 2021 - Virtual
Join us for this year's Global Life Sciences & Healthcare Festival 2021 - Virtual from 29 November to 2 December.  Day 1: Artificial Intelligence in Life Sciences & Healthcare: New business models in...
On the Pulse
Welcome to CMS ‘On the Pulse’ video/podcast series for all Life Sciences & Healthcare professionals – legal, compliance, regulatory
Episode #1 - Navigating the data protection landscape in Asia, including...
Nick Beckett (Beijing/Hong Kong) chats with Jonathan Chu (Hong Kong) and Sheena Jacob (Singapore) on data protection and in particular:Does Asia need a GDPR equivalent? The new China PIPL - should companies be con­cerned? Cross-bor­der transfers of personal data in Asia - cutting through the thicket So you have a breach in Asia - how to manage a data breach in this part of the world Cy­ber­se­cur­ity laws and regulation of critical sectors - the new national security frontier
CMS Tech Innovation Asia
Welcome to CMS’s ‘Tech Innovation Asia’ video/podcast series for professionals dealing with legal, compliance, IP and regulatory issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
Open Secrets? Guarding value in the intangible economy
Across multiple industries, businesses are deriving an ever greater proportion of their value from assets protected not by patent or copyright – but by secrecy. And from customer data to software algorithms...