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MichBio Announces Foley Hoag, LLP Partnership with Launch of Open Office Consults at MLSIC

Posted on: 20 Mar 17

MichBio, the Michigan Biosciences Industry Association, announces its new partnership with the law firm of Foley Hoag, LLP, to provide legal services for early stage companies.

Through this partnership, emerging bioscience companies that are MichBio members will receive crucial legal services from Foley Hoag attorneys to help their businesses form and thrive while mitigating risk. Companies can take advantage of free consultations and scheduled open office hours, as well as alternative fee arrangements for longer-ranging representation.

MichBio member companies can reserve consults with Foley Hoag representatives on Friday, March 24, 2017 in Plymouth, Michigan at the Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center (MLSIC).

“We’re excited to offer our bioscience startups the expert legal support from Foley Hoag, which has had a longstanding and distinguished presence in the life sciences and healthcare fields,” said Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, President and CEO of MichBio. “Working together with Foley Hoag, our emerging company members can take advantage of this terrific benefit to their membership and help position themselves correctly on the path to commercial success with sound and experience legal advice.”

Foley Hoag will act as MichBio’s preferred legal counsel, and its service offerings will include startup entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation (such as customer contracts, vendor agreements and confidentiality agreements), website terms and conditions, website privacy policy, corporate governance, corporate structure, tax issues, waivers, employment/human resource legal issues and IP services including patents and trademarks.

Foley Hoag attorneys will also attend MichBio events and give periodic presentations on legal topics of interest to startup entrepreneurs.

“MichBio is a well-respected state bio-industry association, and we are thrilled to partner with its member community in Michigan,” stated Foley Hoag partner DeAnn Smith. “Several Foley Hoag attorneys – myself included – have strong, longstanding ties to Michigan. We look forward to working with Michigan’s talented bioscience entrepreneurs. This partnership will be marked by collaboration, quality of service and a commitment to client success and the state’s bio-industry as a whole.”

More information can be found at

Key Foley Hoag contacts with the MichBio partnership are:

DeAnn Smith -
Colin Zick -
Sarah Cooleybeck -
Erica Rice -
Greg Ploussios -

About MichBio

MichBiois the trade association committed to driving growth in Michigan's biosciences industry and its many sectors, including agri-biotech, food and nutrition, bio-based technologies and renewable chemicals, industrial and environmental biotech, medical devices and technologies, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare, diagnostics and research products, testing and research services, and clinical research. MichBio members include bioscience companies, academic and research institutions, bioscience service providers, and related organizations. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @MichBio.

About Foley Hoag

Foley Hoag provides innovative, strategic legal services to public, private and government clients across the globe. We have premier capabilities in the life sciences, healthcare, technology, energy, professional services and investment management fields, and in cross-border disputes. Our professionals possess the skills and experience to provide exceptional senior level service to clients ranging from startups to multinational companies to sovereign states. For more information, visit or follow @FoleyHoag on Twitter.

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Last updated on: 20/03/2017

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