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Benjamin Pensak

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Benjamin H. Pensak is an associate in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice. Mr. Pensak specializes in technology transactions and related corporate matters, with a particular focus on the life sciences industry (e.g., biotech, pharma, medical device, diagnostic and medical informatics companies). Mr. Pensak’s clients include public and private companies and institutions based in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Pensak advises his clients regarding the negotiation and structuring of acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, corporate partnering, licensing, and other complex collaborations as well as the drafting and negotiating of more day-to-day technical contractual arrangements relating to discovery, development, manufacture and supply, marketing, and outsourcing among life sciences companies, other innovative and developed technology companies, and research organizations and institutions. For more information, view Mr. Pensak’s biography at


University of Michigan Law School, 2006, J.D; Wesleyan University, 2002, B.A., With Honors

United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences

Within: Next generation lawyers

Benjamin Pensak - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Within: Healthcare: life sciences

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP¬†has a ‚Äėsmart, focused, and dedicated‚Äô team, which offers ‚Äėinvaluable‚Äô help to life sciences clients in regulatory, corporate and M&A, IP, antitrust, tax and labour matters, and in litigation.¬†Randall Sunberg¬†(Princeton),¬†Kathleen Sanzo¬†(Washington DC),¬†Jeffry Mann¬†(San Francisco and Singapore) and Michael Abernathy¬†(Chicago) jointly head the practice. Highlights include advising AstraZeneca in the co-development agreement between its subsidiary Pearl Therapeutics and Avillion, which envisages the advancement of Pearl Therapeutics' product PT027 through a global clinical development program for the treatment of asthma. Merck and 23andMe are other key clients. FDA specialist Michele Buenafe, from the Washington DC office, is ‚Äėa true partner in every sense of the word‚Äô.¬†Alan Leeds¬†and¬† Oren Livne¬†¬†in Princeton and the ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô Benjamin Pensak¬†in San Francisco¬†are also recommended. Corporate expert¬†Eric Hwang¬†joined the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices from WilmerHale, while a team of nine patent prosecution and litigation partners joined the Orange County office from¬†McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patents: licensing

Within: Patents: licensing

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields a varied practice across the life sciences, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. A recent healthcare highlight saw Pittsburgh's Peter Watt-Morse negotiate multiple license agreements for the embedding of proprietary content in healthcare technology products for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. SanDisk instructed the team to advise on the drafting and negotiation of patent agreements regarding its SD flash memory card joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic -- a cross-border mandate involving the US and Japanese jurisdictions. 'Extremely knowledgeable' key practitioner Rahul Kapoor in Silicon Valley, whose 'analysis of completely new issues and drafting skills are exceptional', is 'intelligent, creative and thinks outside of the box'. Philadelphia-based practice heads Louis Beardell and Eric Kraeutler, and San Francisco's Benjamin Pensak are also recommended. Christopher Bright, Kenneth Cheney, Michael Dreznes, Nathan Smith, Soyeon Pak Laub, and Todd Hales joined in Orange County, Brent Hawkins joined in San Francisco, Hosang Lee joined in Washington DC, and Chicago gained Hersh Mehta and Kevin Shortsle, all former McDermott Will & Emery LLP practitioners. Randall Sunberg left for Baker McKenzie LLP. Other clients include Alpha & Omega Semiconductor, Medisix Therapeutics and Yandex.

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