Andrea L.C. Reid


Andrea L.C. Reid


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Andrea L.C. Reid, co-lead of Dechert’s Global Life Sciences Practice and member of the firm’s Policy Committee, counsels established and start-up clients in all sectors of the biotech and pharmaceutical industries on developing intellectual property issues, policies, patent portfolio management and filing strategies at all phases of the business cycle. Ms. Reid’s ability to develop IP strategies for U.S. and European clients has resulted in more than US$15 billion in acquisition and investor/partner funding. With more than 30 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, she has extensive experience in all areas of drug discovery through drug development. She draws on this experience when prosecuting patent applications and preparing patentability, validity and infringement opinions involving active pharmaceutical ingredients, manufacturing syntheses and formulations. She regularly represents clients on specialty issues relating to organic chemistry, small molecule pharmaceuticals and polymorph intellectual property.

Sought for her unique breadth of knowledge, Ms. Reid advises patent litigators on technical scientific concepts in complex pharmaceutical patent matters. Additionally, she represents clients in intellectual property due diligence issues and assesses matters connected to in-license and acquisition opportunities.

In 2020, Ms. Reid was recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal in the publication’s Women Worth Watching in STEM Awards, which were established to celebrate women leaders who break barriers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She was also recommended by The Legal 500 US for Industry focus: Healthcare: Life Sciences (2017-2020) and Intellectual Property: Patents: Prosecution (2020). Ms. Reid is routinely recognized as a World’s Leading Patent Practitioner by IAM Patent 1000, who, in 2020, noted her work for Kymera Therapeutics as “demonstrative of her impressive range: she helped to create the company and achieve its funding goals while vetting the landscape and setting strategy.” IAM Patent 1000 went on to say Ms. Reid “navigates treacherous waters by thinking about patent strategy and potential litigation in an integrated way. She wrestles the most complicated issues to the ground, making her input a prerequisite for taking any decisive IP actions.” Ms. Reid was shortlisted for Best in Life Sciences by Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Americas Awards 2020. She is consistently recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as an “IP Star” for both patent and transactions in Massachusetts and has been listed among the Top 250 Women in IP by the same publication. Ms. Reid was also named a “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences in 2018 and 2019, is regularly named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star, and was named among the Top Women of Law in 2017 by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

In 2019 and 2020, Ms. Reid was selected to serve on the Life Sciences Law360’s Editorial Board as an official life sciences resource for Law360 editorial staff. In 2018, the Financial Times highly commended Ms. Reid’s work for developing the innovative IP strategy that underpinned drug discoverer Nimbus Therapeutics’ novel agreement with Celgene Corporation. Similarly, in 2016, the Financial Times honored Ms. Reid as one of just 10 individuals shortlisted as "Legal Innovator of the Year." She also won the "Legal Expertise" category entitled "Enabling Clients to Innovate" for her work on behalf of Nimbus.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Reid served as an intellectual property partner at a Boston based law firm. Her previous experience also includes working as a patent agent at a global biotechnology company where she prepared and prosecuted small molecule patent applications for the Protein Kinase gene family and bacterial Gyrase programs. Ms. Reid also worked as a chemist for 14 years in which time she completed several natural product syntheses, worked as both a medicinal and process chemist, was an inventor on 14 United States Patents and co-author of numerous scientific publications.

  • Boston University, B.S., Chemistry, 1987
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell, M.S., Chemistry, 1996
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., Intellectual Property, 2006, with distinction
  • Massachusetts
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • American Chemical Society
  • Boston IP Inn of Court
  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • W.I.T.H Association - Women Innovating Together in Healthcare
Speaking Engagements
  • Life-Sciences Patent Network North America: Protecting Innovation in a Changing Landscape, Boston, MA (April 26, 2018)
  • Managing Intellectual Property U.S. Patent Forum 2018, New York (March 13, 2018)
  • 3rd Drug Discovery Re-Invented Conference — Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits, Cancun, Mexico (February 21, 2017)
  • Life Sciences Forum 2016 — Organized by Managing Intellectual Property, New York (September 14, 2016)
  • Recent Developments in Obviousness - A Pharma Perspective — Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law Seminar, Munich (September 22, 2015)
  • Patent Ruling Leaves Lingering Questions on License Agreements — Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA (February 1, 2014)
  • Have Prometheus & Myriad Changed the World? — Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA (October 1, 2013)
  • American Invents Act — Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann Client Seminar, Munich, Germany (September 1, 2013)
  • Intellectual Property Advisor for the Blavatnik Fellowship — Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA (January 1, 2013)
  • US Patent Prosecution: Best Practices — Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann Client Seminar, Munich, Germany (September 1, 2011)
  • Commercializing Technology — Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA (January 1, 2011)
  • Intellectual Property for Chemists: Feed Your Inner Geek — Northeastern Section ACS, Boston, MA (February 1, 2010)
  • How Changes in Patent Law Alter Patent Prosecution, Litigation and Licensing — Boston Patent Law Association and Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA (September 1, 2009)
  • A Change in Climate: IP Strategies for Crystal Forms in View of Recent Changes in US Patent Law — IQPC Conference, London, United Kingdom (December 1, 2007)