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COUR Pharmaceuticals Secures $105 Million Series A

January 30, 2024

Cooley advised COUR Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of first-in-class disease-modifying therapies designed to induce antigen-specific tolerance for immune-mediated diseases, on the close of its $105 million Series A financing.

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Partner, Chicago
Marc Recht
Partner, Boston
Christina T. Roupas
Partner in Charge – Chicago, Chicago
Yvan-Claude Pierre
Partner, New York
Joyce Kim
Associate, Chicago
Grant L. Page
Associate, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Andrew Mettry
Associate, Chicago
Jeffrey J. Tolin
Partner, New York
Blake Martell
Partner, San Francisco
John Sellers
Partner, Palo Alto
Alan W. Tamarelli
Partner, New York
Bin Wang
Special Counsel, Palo Alto
Annie Froehlich
Partner, Washington, DC
Erica Russell
Associate, San Francisco
Calvin Lee
Associate, New York
Andrew Bae
Associate, Washington, DC
Zack Gong
Associate, Shanghai
Miriam Petrillo
Partner, Chicago

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Inscripta Acquires Infinome Biosciences and Sestina Bio

January 20, 2023

Cooley advised Inscripta, a global leader in genome engineering technology, on its acquisition of Infinome Biosciences and Sestina Bio. These acquisitions advance Inscripta’s strategy to develop and commercialize biomanufactured products for a broad spectrum of industrial and consumer markets. They also demonstrate Inscripta’s confidence in the commercial potential of the bioeconomy and the power of genome engineering to accelerate biomanufacturing innovation. Partner Mike Nelson led the Cooley team.

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Partner, Colorado
Blake Martell
Partner, San Francisco
Jonathan Rivinus
Partner, Colorado
Ross Eberly
Partner, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Keith Berets
Partner, Colorado
Mark Windfeld-Hansen
Senior Counsel, Palo Alto
Gaël Y. Hagan
Associate, Colorado
James Lin
Associate, New York
Lanny E. Holstein
Associate, Colorado
Erica Russell
Associate, San Francisco
Mystery Murphy
Special Counsel, Colorado
Bryan Berman
Special Counsel, Colorado
Patrick Sharma
Associate, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Alexander Gefter
Associate, Los Angeles Santa Monica

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Biotech Company ViaCyte to Be Acquired by Vertex Pharmaceuticals

July 14, 2022

Cooley advised ViaCyte, a biotechnology company focused on delivering novel stem cell-derived cell replacement therapies as a functional cure for Type 1 diabetes (T1D), on its definitive agreement to be acquired by global biotechnology company Vertex Pharmaceuticals for $320 million in cash. Partners Rowook Park and Carlos Ramirez, along with associate Lindsey O’Crump, led the Cooley team advising ViaCyte.

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Rowook Park
Partner, San Diego
Carlos Ramirez
Partner, San Diego
Jacqueline Grise
Partner, Washington, DC
Rama Padmanabhan
Partner, San Diego
Marty Schenker
Senior Counsel , San Francisco
Todd Gluth
Partner, San Diego
Blake Martell
Partner, San Francisco
Charity Williams
Partner, San Diego
Jeffrey Karr
Of Counsel, Palo Alto
Ross Eberly
Partner, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Phil Mitchell
Partner, New York
Natasha Leskovsek
Of Counsel, Washington, DC
David Burns
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Dina Andrawess
Special Counsel, Palo Alto
Stella Sarma
Special Counsel, Brussels
Arman Sagart
Associate, San Diego
Lindsey O'Crump
Associate, Washington, DC
Melissa Meza
Associate, San Diego
Joe Mandry
Associate, San Diego
Julia R. Brinton
Associate, Washington, DC
Kimberley Scimeca
Associate, Boston
Daniel Lac
Associate, San Diego
Amanda Griggs
Associate, New York

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Abnormal Security Raises $210 Million Series C, Reaches $4 Billion Valuation

May 10, 2022

Cooley advised Abnormal Security, a leading artificial intelligence-based cloud-native email security platform, on its $210 million Series C financing round, which brings the company’s valuation to $4 billion. Lawyers Josh Seidenfeld, Nan Yang, Rachel Lydon and Kaavya Gowda led the Cooley team advising Abnormal Security.

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Josh Seidenfeld
Partner, Palo Alto
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Associate, Palo Alto
Rachel Lydon
Associate, San Diego
Howard Morse
Partner, Washington, DC
Sharon Connaughton
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Amanda A. Main
Partner, Palo Alto
Joshua Elefant
Associate, Palo Alto
John Sellers
Partner, Palo Alto
Blake Martell
Partner, San Francisco
Bryan Berman
Special Counsel, Colorado
Jean Park
Partner, New York
Liza Cotter
Associate, Boston
Lei Shen
Partner, Chicago
Mika Reiner Mayer
Partner, Palo Alto
Christopher Kimball
Partner, Washington, DC
Kimberly Nguyen
Special Counsel, Reston
John Paul Oleksiuk
Partner, New York

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2C2P and Ant Group Partner to Accelerate Digital Payment Adoption

April 21, 2022

Cooley advised 2C2P, a global payments platform, on its strategic partnership with Ant Group, an innovative technology provider that strives to bring the world inclusive, green and sustainable services. Lawyers Matthew Bartus and Gwenlynne Lee led the Cooley team advising 2C2P.

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Matthew Bartus
Partner, San Francisco
Gwenlynne Lee
Counsel, Singapore
Xinwei Li
Associate, Singapore
Shu-en Wee
Associate, Singapore
Natasha Kaye
Partner, London
Pearlynn Wang
Associate, Singapore
Jack Jones
Associate, London
Marzia Di Candido
Associate, London
Andrew Harline
Partner in Charge – Singapore, Singapore
Amy Collins
Special Counsel, London
Karen Tsai
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Nicola Squire
Partner, London
Leo Spicer-Phelps
Associate, London
Kristin O'Hanlon
Special Counsel, San Francisco
Rama Padmanabhan
Partner, San Diego
Blake Martell
Partner, San Francisco
Xander Lee
Partner, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Paula Holland
Partner, London
Rachel F. Katz
Associate, New York
Rachel Thorn
Partner, New York
Chris Coulter
Partner, London
Charlotte Lennon
Associate, London
Ajay Athavale
Associate, San Francisco
Yi Jia Ng
Associate, Singapore

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Chambers USA: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation – California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surro (2019 – 2023)

Legal 500: Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans (2023)

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