Bill Christiansen

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I help life science innovators gain a competitive edge by performing appropriate due diligence as well as acquiring and optimizing worldwide patent assets.

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Cooley Supports Jiangsu Hengrui in Two Global License Agreements

November 8, 2023

Cooley advised Jiangsu Hengrui Pharmaceuticals, a leading global pharmaceutical company headquartered in China with a focus on research, development, manufacturing and commercialization of innovative and high-quality healthcare products, on its strategic collaboration and exclusive worldwide (excluding mainland China) license agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and global license agreement (excluding the Greater China region and Korea) with Elevar Therapeutics.

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Christina Zhang
Partner, Shanghai
Freddy Yip
Associate, Hong Kong
Alan W. Tamarelli
Partner, New York
Bin Wang
Special Counsel, Palo Alto
Bill Christiansen
Partner, Seattle
Dr. Xixi Sun
Associate, Boston
Amanda Pacheco
Associate, Palo Alto
Brendan Haberle
Associate, San Diego
Howard Morse
Partner, Washington, DC

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Immunology Company argenx Announces $1.27 Billion Global Offering

July 26, 2023

Cooley advised J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities and TD Cowen, representatives of the several underwriters, in the $1.27 billion follow-on offering by argenx SE, a global immunology company.

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Richard Segal
Partner, New York
Div Gupta
Partner, New York
Darah Protas
Partner, Washington, DC
Charles York
Associate, New York
Katie Lapidus
Associate, Washington, DC
Carley Cruea
Associate, Washington, DC
Bill Christiansen
Partner, Seattle
Phil Mitchell
Partner, New York
Natasha Leskovsek
Of Counsel, Washington, DC
Jennifer Shanley
Special Counsel, New York
Dr. Tian Yong Zheng
Patent Agent, Seattle

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Asymchem Agrees to Acquire Snapdragon Chemistry

February 12, 2022

Cooley advised Asymchem, a Chinese-based contract development and manufacturing company serving the global pharmaceutical and biotech industry, on its definitive agreement to acquire Snapdragon Chemistry, a US-based chemical technology company. Partner Yiming Liu led the Cooley team.

As a result of the transaction, Asymchem will significantly expand its footprint in the US, offering customers a seamless path from preclinical process R&D through commercial current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) production. Snapdragon will operate as a stand-alone Asymchem division, and continue with its ongoing lab and manufacturing facility expansion for additional capacity to support larger, pilot-scale manufacturing in Waltham, Massachusetts.

"We believe continuous flow manufacturing is a revolutionary technology and represents the future of pharmaceutical production, not only generating advantages to process safety and cost, but also bringing tremendous environmental benefits," Hao Hong, chairman and CEO of Asymchem, said in a news release. "Asymchem has been deeply committed to flow chemistry technology development and its application expansion in the pharmaceutical industry for more than a decade. We are excited that this strategic acquisition will further strengthen our capabilities in continuous manufacturing, as well as broadening our service scope and client pool."

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Yiming Liu
Partner in Charge – Shanghai, Shanghai
Yiying Wang
Associate, Shanghai
Keke Wu
Associate, Hong Kong
Yunxiang Xu
Associate, Shanghai
Howard Morse
Partner, Washington, DC
Christopher Kimball
Partner, Washington, DC
Bill Christiansen
Partner, Seattle
Aaron Pomeroy
Partner, Colorado
Kathleen Goodhart
Partner, San Francisco
Rama Padmanabhan
Partner, San Diego
John Hale
Senior Counsel , Palo Alto
John Lavoie
Partner in Charge – Reston, Reston
Sonia Nath
Partner, Washington, DC
Andrew Harline
Partner in Charge – Singapore, Singapore
Bridget R. Reineking
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Natasha Leskovsek
Of Counsel, Washington, DC
Peter Crain
Special Counsel, Reston
Stella Sarma
Special Counsel, Brussels
Bronwyn L. Roberts
Special Counsel, Boston
Karen Tsai
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Dillon Martinson
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Erica Russell
Associate, San Francisco
Gwenlynne Lee
Counsel, Singapore
Zoë Helstrom
Associate, San Francisco
Sai Yarramalla
Associate, Palo Alto
Patrick Sharma
Associate, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Katie MacDowell
Associate, Reston
Sarah Oliai
Associate, Washington, DC
Kate Walther
Paralegal Specialist, San Diego

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Shoreline Biosciences Enters Collaboration With BeiGene to Develop Genetically Modified Cell Therapies

June 24, 2021

Cooley advised Shoreline Biosciences, a biotechnology company developing immunotherapies for cancer and other serious diseases, on its worldwide strategic collaboration with BeiGene to develop and commercialize a portfolio of natural killer-based cell therapeutics. Lawyers Charity Williams and Bin Wang led the Cooley team advising Shoreline.

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Charity Williams
Partner, San Diego
Bin Wang
Special Counsel, Palo Alto
Aaron Pomeroy
Partner, Colorado
Guadalupe Sampedro
Partner, London
Brendan Haberle
Associate, San Diego
Amanda Pacheco
Associate, Palo Alto
Andrew Epstein
Special Counsel, Seattle
Edmond Lay
Associate, San Diego
Sarah Oliai
Associate, Washington, DC
Bill Christiansen
Partner, Seattle

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GGV Capital Raises $2.5 Billion Across Four Funds

February 17, 2021

Cooley advised GGV Capital on raising $2.52 billion across four funds, which will focus on tech startups and growth deals in the US and China. The closing represents the largest family of funds raised by GGV since its inception. Partner Jordan Silber led the Cooley team advising GGV.

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Jordan Silber
Partner, San Francisco
Xun Zeng
Partner in Charge – Beijing, Beijing
Elizabeth Reese
Partner, San Francisco
Jingyi Xu
Partner, Beijing
Bill Christiansen
Partner, Seattle
Stuyvie Pyne
Associate, New York
Bernard Hatcher
Partner, San Francisco
Paul Roberts
Of Counsel, San Francisco

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Rankings & accolades

 Best Lawyers: Top lawyer for life sciences and patent law

Chambers USA: Intellectual Property – Washington (2021 – 2023)

IAM Patent 1000: Top patent practitioner

LMG Life Sciences: Leading life sciences patent lawyer

Super Lawyers: Top 40 Washington IP lawyer

Memberships & affiliations

American Bar Association

Licensing Executives Society

Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association

Washington State Patent Law Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

I've worked with a lot of patent attorneys and what distinguishes Bill above others is how deeply he learns about your business as well as your science. He knows how to position your patents to increase their value, especially relative to your competition.

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