Life sciences in Colombia

Cavelier

According to satisfied clients, Cavelier's life sciences team ‘is one of the most comprehensive in LatAm'. The group, which is ‘comprised of experts in different areas related to the pharmaceutical industry', fields experienced professionals handling a range of patent, regulatory and compliance matters in all life sciences-related spheres, including chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical chemistry and biotechnology. Andrés Rincón (‘an exceptional partner') spearheads the patents and regulatory affairs side of the practice, while Adriana Durán (‘strong strategic vision') leads the regulatory affairs and healthcare compliance offering. Senior associate Carolina Vargas, who holds an MA in both chemistry and IP law, co-ordinates the technical team.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Chavarro; Adriana Durán; Andrés Rincón

Testimonials

‘Experts in different areas related to the pharmaceutical industry. Lawyers work collaboratively as a team to provide strategic legal and regulatory advice. The firm’s analysis includes many perspectives, precedents and true cases.’

‘We recommend the firm for its strong strategic vision, particularly Adriana Durán. The team maintains a high-level interaction with different official agencies (INVIMA, SIC, MOH) and has knowledge of the business of its clients. It is able to understand the bigger picture and how all the legal pieces work for the final goal.’

‘Cavelier’s team is one of the most comprehensive in LatAm. Lawyers are very technical and quick in their responses, perhaps the two elements that one most demands in this legal area.’

‘The team’s knowledge is deep and its speed of response is outstanding. We highlight Adriana Durán and Andrés Rincon’

‘We value the firm for its extensive knowledge in the most regulated industries, particularly pharma, pesticides, food and cosmetics.’

‘Andrés Rincón is an exceptional partner, with an unquestionable customer service vocation.’

Key clients

Takeda Vaccines

Sanofi Aventis Group

Astellas Pharma

National Coffee Federation

Lundbeck

Pfizer

Orphan Drugs Pharmaceuticals

Vaccigen (Vaxthera)

Grupo Bimbo

Agroser

Essilor

Allergan (Abbvie)

Work highlights

  • Advised Revance Therapeutics on a landmark case that paved the way for filing of divisional applications even for abandoned cases.
  • Represented Neozyme International in obtaining a patent for its method of removing impurities from a cellulose.
  • Advised Vaxthera (owned by Grupo SURA) on regulatory and IP strategy connected to the development and local manufacture of a Covid-19 vaccine with a new formulation, currently under patent prosecution in the US, and on allocating this biologic in the country, with a fully integrated and licensed structure.

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Lloreda Camacho & Co.'s full-service life sciences practice is recommended by sources for its ‘holistic business and technical vision'. The firm’s top-tier IP offering ensures that it is a popular choice to handle patent-related matters on behalf of biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical and R&D companies.  That being said, the multidisciplinary group also shines in regulatory, competition, data privacy and contract-related matters. Ana María Castro, stands ‘as a continental benchmark in intellectual property' and co-heads the department alongside regulatory specialist Enrique Álvarez, who also oversees the competition and data privacy teams, and Daniel Cardona, who was promoted to partner in December 2021 and has a focus on administrative law.

Practice head(s):

Ana María Castro; Enrique Álvarez; Daniel Cardona

Testimonials

‘We recommend the practice for its transparency, in-depth knowledge of the issues it handles, boldness in strategies and search for alternatives to be implemented — particularly Daniel Cardona and Ana María Castro.’

‘Lloreda Camacho’s life sciences team does a very good job.’

‘Lawyers know the subject very well, their advice is clear and practical and they know, and are aware of, developments in the sector.’

‘The team’s support in recent times has been essential to meet the changing challenges of this market. Its news articles are relevant and easy to understand, since its analyses are not limited to legal issues.’

‘The team demonstrates extensive experience and knowledge of life sciences topics.’

‘Lloreda’s life sciences team is distinguished in Latin America by the comprehensive abilities of its professionals, with chemical engineers, pharmaceutical chemists and excellent lawyers covering the regulation of life sciences products, biotechnology, competition, personal data, compliance, patents and contracts specialised in health.’

‘The department’s practice breadth ensures a holistic business and technical vision. Its work team, headed by Ana María Castro, stands out for its response times, extensive knowledge of the regulation and the clarity of its advice.’

‘The team is excellent, with Ana María Castro standing as a continental benchmark in intellectual property.’

Key clients

Netflix Studios

Cortexyme

Incyte Corporation

Société des Produits Nestlé

Mastercard International

Eli Lilly Interamerica

Afidro

Biomarin

Sanofi

Biogen (BIIB Colombia)

Kite Pharma

Vertex

Work highlights

  • Advising Gilead Sciences–Gilead Pharmasset on the management of over 1200 patent applications in the Central America, Caribbean and Latin America region (managing its patent portfolio concerning HIV, HBV, HCV, oncological, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular products).
  • Advising F Hoffmann-La Roche on the granting of 14 patents of invention.
  • Acting for the Colombian Association of Pharmaceutical Research and Development Laboratories (Afidro) on all matters relating to the regulation of biotechnology, bills passing through congress that may affect the pharmaceutical industry, data exclusivity protection, access to medicines, compulsory licenses, medicine prices and patents in Colombia.

OlarteMoure

A primary destination firm for patent work, OlarteMoure is a popular choice to advise global life sciences companies on strategic IP matters. Most notably, the firm enjoys close relationships with Pfizer, Novartis, Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb and handles all of their regional patent prosecution and litigation work. The firm’s life sciences expertise goes beyond patent law to encompass the full suite of IP, regulatory affairs, compliance and product development matters. Co-founding partner Carlos Olarte heads the department and routinely represents life sciences clients on patent and regulatory issues. Alexander Agudelo is also recommended and brings to bear a strong technical background in pharmaceutical sciences.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Olarte

Key clients

Novartis

Merck

Panacea Velvack

Pfizer

Grupo Nutresa

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Productos Familia

Agrosavia

Work highlights

  • Advising numerous pharmaceutical clients (including Novartis, Merck, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol-Myers Squibb) on prosecuting portfolios of patent applications in Latin America.
  • Advising companies within the Merck Sharp & Dohme group, including Merck, Intervet and Organon, on trade mark portfolio management in eight countries in Central America.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

The regulatory and life sciences team at Baker McKenzie S.A.S. ‘always seeks to provide comprehensive advice to its clients', according to one source. The multidisciplinary practice brings together experienced litigators, legal advisors and technical associates to support biotech, pharma, medical devices and agricultural companies on a range of patent, regulatory and commercial law matters. Pharmaceutical and healthcare partner Juan Pablo Concha Delgado leads the department, with support from IP-focused associates Maria Ximena Guavita and Sara Merizalde.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Concha Delgado

Testimonials

‘Baker McKenzie is characterised by its appropriation of the processes. It always seeks to provide comprehensive advice to its clients.

Key clients

Arthrex

Astellas Pharma

Chanel (CUPFSA)

Diageo

Edwards Lifesciences

Grunenthal

Incauca

Invitae Corporation

JGB

Lincoln Soldaduras

Louis Vuitton

Super de Alimentos

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) houses a robust regulatory affairs practice, which specialises in advising on regulatory filings with authorities, health legislation, drug pricing strategy and other regulatory and compliance matters. The firm also routinely advises its impressive roster of life sciences clients on patent matters. IP and competition law specialist Mauricio Jaramillo co-heads the department alongside senior associate Andrea Pieschacón, whose practice focuses on healthcare, regulatory issues and IP.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Jaramillo; Andrea Pieschacón

Key clients

Pricesmart Colombia

Procesadora Nacional de Cereales (Pronalce)

Drypers Andina (Softys)

Beijing Hanmi Pharmaceutical

Seipel Group

María Fernanda Escobar Vidarte MD and Juan Pedro Kusanovic Pivcevic MD

Fundación Valle Del Lili

Laboratorios Senosiain

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Epizyme

Sigra

Mercado Libre Colombia

Work highlights

  • Advised Drypers Andina (Softys) on regulatory matters relating to the company’s entire portfolio in Colombia.
  • Advised María Fernanda Escobar Vidarte MD and Juan Pedro Kusanovic Pivcevic MD on achieving the granting of a patent application for a medical device that consists of a haemostatic balloon for the control of haemorrhages or bleeding in the uterine cavity.
  • Advised Seipel Group on the granting of a patent application related to a treatment method for improving sleep and social interaction and consisting of the administration of a composition, something not patentable in Colombia.

Posse Herrera Ruiz

Noted for its ‘team of excellent professionals', full-service firm  Posse Herrera Ruiz fields a capable life sciences offering that has a focus on patent prosecution and regulatory consultancy. The practice acts for a diverse spread of clients, with robust industry expertise in the pharma, cannabis and food and beverage segments; moreover, it is frequently called upon to handle regional mandates. IP head Helena Camargo (‘spectacular in her legal advice') co-heads the department together with experienced senior associate Mónica Bonnett (‘clear and precise in her opinions').

Practice head(s):

Helena Camargo; Mónica Bonnett

Testimonials

‘The team is unmatched both in quality of service and level of technical knowledge. Its level of response is impressive. We have received advice on various issues and responses are always right on-point.’

‘Lawyers involve themselves fully in the different requirements of the client with very important input and attention to specific needs. They abide by, and fully respect, the terms of their fee proposal (which is not frequent with law firms) and do not hesitate to support the client, even at short notice.’

‘We value the team for its level of response and confidence in technical knowledge. In particular, Helena Camargo is spectacular in her legal advice.’

‘PHR has a team of excellent professionals in life sciences, and in IP in general. I feel that the team is at a level equal to, or higher than, that of important Colombian law firms in this area.’

‘The plus that makes the team stand out is the accessibility of the different lawyers and that there is always a partner ensuring that issues are handled properly.’

‘Posse Herrera is a firm with highly specialised staff in intellectual property. It always has solutions for clients and its lawyers’ attention is specialised for each case. In addition, the team always shows good availability and kindness to serve its clients.’

‘Mónica Bonnett is a lawyer with significant experience in patents and in very innovative topics such as trade marks for cannabis and pharma products. Her ability to provide solutions for clients is unparalleled, as she has extensive knowledge and experience in IP. She is always clear and precise in her opinions.’

‘A team of excellent lawyers, particularly Mónica Bonnett for her excellent regulatory knowledge.’

Key clients

FisherBroyles

Corporación Cientech

Laboratorios la Santé

Abbott Laboratories de Colombia

Alpina Productos Alimenticios

Bird & Bird International

Canalife

Cocinas Ocultas (part of Cloud Kitchens)

Immunotec

Dispapeles

GML Supplies

Indega

McDermott Will & Emery

Organización Terpel

Reed Smith

Rivera Red

Sinergia Global en Salud

Solla

Prebel

Work highlights

  • Acted alongside FisherBroyles on a patent application for antibody, or antigen-binding fragment thereof, that specifically binds to TMPRSS2.
  • Advised Corporación Cientec on technological surveillance aimed at the identification and analysis of potential solutions to reduce the drying time of soft capsules with hydrophilic content.
  • Assisted Laboratorios la Santé with its search for freedom of operation of the substance Liraglutide in Colombia.

Aristizabal Abogados Consultores

Boutique firm Aristizabal Abogados Consultores has a strong focus on IP and healthcare law. The group represents an array of domestic and multinational clients — primarily food and beverage companies — on regulatory matters, sanitary registrations and patent law. It also acts for clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and technology industries. Key partner Ricardo Aristizabal steers the practice and is noted for his broad skill set, which encompasses patent prosecution, regulatory affairs, commercial law and customs and international trade. Key support is provided by associate Julieth Gutierrez, who has an emphasis on regulatory and health law.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Aristizabal

Key clients

Mars

Master Foods Brazil

Dian Pet Food (Symrise Group)

Ocean Spray

Grupo Peroni

Mahou

Campbell Soup Company

Wrigley

Natures Bounty

HINODE

ANDI (Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia)

Asahi Premium Brands

Altipal

Work highlights

  • Advising Mars on ongoing matters, including on obtaining approval of the sanitary protocol between the authorities of Mexico and Colombia that allowed the multinational company to introduce Pedigree products to the Colombian market.
  • Advising Campbell Soup Company on updating the company’s ‘sauces’ and ‘soups’ portfolio.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Ocean Spray on various matters.

Brigard Castro

Leading IP firm Brigard Castro specialises in advising life sciences clients on R&D-related issues through to IP protection and commercialisation matters. The team also works alongside lawyers from its sister firm Brigard Urrutia to assist with transactional support and due diligence matters. IP litigation specialist Juan Pablo Cadena now solely leads the department following the departure of former group co-head María Fernanda Castellanos in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Cadena

Key clients

Trait Biosciences

Alector

Biotheranostics

Galera Labs

Novo Nordisk

Work highlights

  • Advised Trait Biosciences on new patent applications involving cannabis for the treatment of several diseases.
  • Successfully represented Alector in obtaining a patent for a product containing anti-TREM2 antibodies.
  • Advised Biotheranostics in complex patent matters.

Buriticá Abogados SAS.

Life sciences is a key pillar at Buriticá Abogados SAS., with the firm’s focus on IP, consumer law and health law translating into an attractive offering for clients operating in the heavily regulated cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cannabis sectors. Department head Raúl Buriticá specialises in advising health companies, particularly pharmaceutical laboratories, on regulatory matters. The group also draws on a capable bench of chemists and agronomists, who provide support on technical issues.

Practice head(s):

Raúl Buriticá

Work highlights

  • Advised Foliumed on efforts to obtain export licences, and other export-related issues.
  • Advised Productos Familia on all regulatory matters in Colombia and also co-ordinated matters for seven countries in the region.
  • Advised Laboratorios Sophia Mexico on the renewal of its GMP certificate for its Mexican facility.

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero‘s life sciences practice is recognised for its specialist focus on regulatory matters, including market approval procedures, labelling, and advertising issues. Department head Karl Mutter also co-heads the IP practice and is recommended for his expertise in regulatory matters related to consumer and life science products. Associate director Luz Helena Vargas is noted for her record in health registrations and sanitary and phytosanitary regulation. Associate María Ximena Castellanos provides support to the life sciences and healthcare, and consumer products teams.

Practice head(s):

Karl Mutter

Key clients

Red Bull

Lohmann & Rauscher

The Kellogg’s Company

Coltene

Les Laboratoires Servier

Livanova

Riopaila Castilla

Alianza Team

Nobel Biocare

Cencosud

Work highlights

  • Advised Alianza Team on evaluating the impact on labelling and advertisements of new regulations issued by the Ministry of Health establishing frontal label warnings concerning contents of sugar, sodium and fats.
  • Advised AB InBev on the implementation of a new manufacturing, market approval and product registration and labelling module, as part of the firm’s evolving software regulatory compliance tool.
  • Assisted Coltene with various regulatory issues, including import matters.

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas' multidisciplinary life sciences group brings to bear cross-practice experience in IP, regulatory affairs, tax matters and consumer law — among other areas. The team draws on the wider global firm’s cutting-edge expertise in medical cannabis to provide a comprehensive offering in that sphere, but it also acts for companies in the pharma, food and beverage, cosmetic, IT and consumer product segments. The department is co-led by IP and technology specialist Luz Helena Adarve, banking and finance partner Catalina Pinilla, and Santiago González, who has robust experience in the cannabis sector.

Practice head(s):

Luz Helena Adarve; Catalina Pinilla; Santiago González

Key clients

Blueberries Medical Corp

Avicanna

Analizar Laboratorio Clínico Automatizado

La Santa

Griffols

Biosidus

Lundbeck

Xebra Brands

Cannopy

Baxter

Zambon

Vivy

Work highlights

  • Advised Instituto Grifols on the pharmacological evaluation and renewal of one of its products before the Specialised Chamber of Medicines and Biological Products of INVIMA.
  • Advised Medion Grifols Diagnostics on the technical and legal review of documents for application and obtaining the renewal of health registrations before the Sanitary Authority (INVIMA).
  • Represented Zambon Colombia on its request for the renewal of the medicine ZAMBON MONURIL 3G before INVIMA.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Traditionally weighted towards IP law, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría‘s life sciences offering is increasingly involved in regulatory work, including sanitary matters in the pharma, foodstuffs and cosmetics sectors. The team is also distinguished by its ability to act as a regional hub for multinational life sciences clients and frequently provides support on matters involving Andean countries, Central America, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Department head Mauricio Patiño specialises in IP, competition and dispute resolution. IP-focused principal associates Gerardo Flórez and Camilo Suárez provide support.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Patiño

Key clients

Mondelez Colombia

Brinsa

Puratos

Alpina Productos Alimenticios

McDermott Will & Emery / Google

Grupo B Braun Colombia

Econnabis / Plena Global Holdings

Gaia Health

Alimentos Polar Colombia

Nuttre

Work highlights

  • Managing Mondelez Colombia’s foodstuffs portfolio (around 250 items), including modifications, renewals and new applications, promotional activities, consumer protection and advertising campaigns.
  • Managing Brinsa’s foodstuffs and cleaning products portfolio (around 78 items), including modifications, renewals and new applications, promotional activities, new product launches, consumer protection and advertising campaigns.
  • Representing Skeletal Dynamics on obtaining the health registration of a new line of medical devices including high-risk products with INVIMA and consumer protection authorities as to labelling and advertising.