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Fish & Richardson Continues to Expand Life Sciences Practice in Delaware

January 20, 2011

Press Releases

Fish & Richardson Continues to Expand Life Sciences Practice in Delaware

January 20, 2011

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Fish & Richardson continues to expand its life sciences practice in the firm’s Delaware office with the addition of José P. Sierra as a principal and Dr. Santosh V. Coutinho as an associate in the IP Litigation Group.

Mr. Sierra brings nine years of legal experience in the pharmaceutical and health care products industry and 12 years of experience as a federal prosecutor to his position at Fish. He will be an integral part of the life sciences practice, including the ever-growing area of whistleblower and government investigations, as well as the white collar practice, which represents individuals and companies in government prosecutions, enforcement actions, and investigations. Mr. Sierra also will work with the RISC/return group to provide compliance and risk management counseling.

Mr. Sierra previously was Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer for Sepracor Inc., now Sunovion, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. Before Sepracor, he served as Vice President, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer for Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and before that, as Legal Director for Schering-Plough Corporation. Mr. Sierra also was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, New Jersey where he managed long-term criminal investigations and prosecutions of individuals and corporations for the U.S. Department of Justice.

“As a former federal prosecutor and chief compliance officer in the pharmaceutical industry, José brings a wealth of experience that will be extremely valuable to our many pharmaceutical, medical device, and life science clients. We are very excited to have him join our growing life sciences practice,” said William Marsden, Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Delaware office.

Mr. Sierra was an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School from 1997 to 2007. He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1985 and his B.A., with honors, from the University of Notre Dame in 1981. He is admitted to the bar in Delaware, New York and New Jersey.

Prior to joining Fish, Dr. Coutinho was a senior medical liaison at Novo Nordisk and a scientist and medical science liaison at Johnson & Johnson. He received his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2010, where he was the recipient of the Jack M. Golden and Frieda Golden Prize for superior legal research and writing in the area of health care law and health administration. Dr. Coutinho received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Iowa in 1998 and his B.S., with distinction, from the University of Bombay in 1993. He is admitted to the bar in Delaware.

With the addition of Mr. Sierra and Dr. Coutinho, the life sciences team in Fish’s Delaware office now numbers more than 20 attorneys and technology specialists, most of whom hold advanced degrees in life sciences, including doctorates in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, chemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, and pharmacology. Many of the members of the team also gained real-world research experience at biotech and pharmaceutical companies before joining Fish. In addition, many of the attorneys in the white collar practice group are former federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials with nationwide experience. This combination of technical knowledge and expertise makes them uniquely qualified to understand the challenges faced by the firm’s life science clients and to help them succeed.

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