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, 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$9.5 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 maters. Additionally, she represents clients in intellectual property due diligence issues and assesses matters connected to in-license and acquisition opportunities.

She was recognized by The Legal 500 USA (2017, 2018) for Industry focus: Healthcare: Life Sciences, and named among the Top Women of Law in 2017 by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. 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 drug discoverer Nimbus Therapeutics.

Ms. Reid is listed among the Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property, and was recently recognized as an “IP Star” by the same publication. She is routinely named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star and a World’s Leading Patent Practitioner by IAM Patent 1000, who referred to her as a “consummate strategist” and "a savior for start-ups" for her ability to “draw on a quarter century’s worth of experience in pharmaceuticals [when providing] sage guidance across the patent lifecycle.”

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