New UK national security rules – What do they mean for life science investments?

The National Security and Investment Act 2021 (NSI Act) comes into force on 4 January 2022. From then, the UK Government will be empowered to call in for review any qualifying acquisition which may give rise to UK national security concerns. The NSI Act captures acquisitions of any size, including in certain cases where minority … Continue reading New UK national security rules – What do they mean for life science investments?

The Amici Curiosi – And other developments in Illumina/GRAIL

In this post, we share the latest developments in the Illumina/GRAIL merger. This case involves the now completed acquisition by Illumina of GRAIL, a company that has developed a test, which has shown the ability to detect multiple cancers from a single blood draw. GRAIL was founded by Illumina but spun off in 2016. Illumina … Continue reading The Amici Curiosi – And other developments in Illumina/GRAIL

Pay-for-delay hits 18 in the EU – Adulthood, but what comes next?

(...and four other takeaways from the Cephalon decision) Although the European Commission adopted the latest of its pay-for-delay decisions in November 2020, the Cephalon decision was only published in July of this year. With the Lundbeck agreements first coming under Commission scrutiny in 2003, pay-for-delay enforcement turned 18 this year. Below we set out a … Continue reading Pay-for-delay hits 18 in the EU – Adulthood, but what comes next?

Our thoughts on the NHS’s loss against Servier in the Supreme Court

The UK remains an important jurisdiction for antitrust and IP cases, so it is no surprise that sometimes a case comes along in which the two fields are both highly relevant. NHS v Servier is such a case, with the NHS basing claims for damages not only on breaches of competition law, but also on … Continue reading Our thoughts on the NHS’s loss against Servier in the Supreme Court

Other interesting developments in healthcare that caught our eye this summer

From unlawful means to counterfactuals, and from disclosure of medical devices pricing to hospital passes, please find below the other developments in healthcare that caught our eye this summer. UK Health Service suffers loss in claim against Servier The UK National Health Service (NHS) suffered a defeat in the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) in July … Continue reading Other interesting developments in healthcare that caught our eye this summer

Developments in antitrust enforcement in healthcare that caught our eye this summer

Excessive pricing, sham patents and private actions, please find below the antitrust enforcement developments in healthcare that caught our eye this summer. Three excessive pricing decisions and a statement of objections Are excessive pricing cases like London buses? You might think so after waiting for one for months only for four to appear practically at … Continue reading Developments in antitrust enforcement in healthcare that caught our eye this summer

Healthcare mergers: What caught our eye this summer

To kick things off, we’re publishing three updates, covering what you may have missed this summer in mergers, antitrust and other developments. Below you will find the merger developments in healthcare that caught our eye this summer. Green light for AstraZeneca’s Alexion deal There was good news for AstraZeneca as the CMA and the European … Continue reading Healthcare mergers: What caught our eye this summer

Welcome to The Thicket, a legal blog about healthcare in the digital era

Welcome to the first post of The Thicket, a blog that discusses issues of competition, IP, and data protection law in healthcare at a time when technology (and Big Tech in particular) is poised to have a huge impact in this crucial sector. From Amazon entering the pharmacy business to Apple Watches becoming mini-medical devices … Continue reading Welcome to The Thicket, a legal blog about healthcare in the digital era