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Bruce W. Jenett Joins DLA Piper as Co-Chair of the Firmís Global Life Sciences Practice

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Renowned Life Sciences Lawyer Brings Over 25 Years of Industry Experience, Bolsters Firm’s Global Life Sciences Platform and Capability

East Palo Alto, CA -- DLA Piper announced today that Bruce W. Jenett has joined the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group as a partner in its East Palo Alto office and will co-chair its Global Life Sciences practice.

Mr. Jenett, who for seven years was Co-Chair of Heller Ehrman LLP’s life sciences practice, focuses on the representation of domestic and international business and finance clients in the life sciences industry. He is highly experienced in equity and debt financing, licensing and distribution, strategic alliances, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, representing both start-ups and large multinational corporations as well as venture capital and corporate investors in the sector.

Bruce’s arrival will not only enhance the firm’s life sciences practice in the U.S. but also will bolster DLA Piper’s global capabilities in the life sciences sector," said Jay Rains, co-chair of DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. "Bruce is recognized as one of the premier life sciences corporate lawyers both in the Bay Area and nationally and will provide a tremendous resource to our clients."

Added Howard Clowes, a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice in San Francisco, "Bruce will have an immediate impact on our life sciences practice, and his extensive contacts with venture capital and venture capital-backed life sciences companies will undoubtedly fuel our emerging growth and venture capital practice."

A Global Life Sciences Practice

Building one of the truly global life sciences practices, DLA Piper’s life sciences attorneys have significant experience representing leading life sciences investors, including venture capital firms, entrepreneurs and financial institutions, as well as some of the leading nonprofit institutions in the U.S. and worldwide. The firm advises clients in all stages of growth, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies that offer diverse life sciences products and services, including biotechnology, therapeutics, diagnostics, bioinformatics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, bioengineering, nanotechnology, telemedicine and bioagriculture.

Mr. Jenett’s arrival represents the latest move in the continued expansion of DLA Piper’s global life sciences and corporate and finance practices, the latter of which includes more than 800 attorneys worldwide. DLA Piper is recognized as one of the most active firms in the global venture capital an private equity arena.

About Bruce W. Jenett

Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Jenett handled one of the largest ag-bio partnering deals in history, as well as one of the largest partnering deals ever done by an Irish venture capital-backed biotechnology company with a major pharmaceutical company.

A frequent speaker on corporate and finance issues to both business and attorney audiences, Mr. Jenett is also a member of the Bioethics Committee of BIO, and of the BayBio Board of Directors, and he is a member of, and Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Biotech Advisory Council.

Chambers & Partners: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business consistently names him one of the leading business lawyers in the United States. Best Lawyers in America cited him as a leading biotechnology industry lawyer in 2007 and 2008, and Law & Politics named him a Northern California Super Lawyer for corporate and securities law in 2007 and 2008.

He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Princeton.

About DLA Piper (

DLA Piper has 3,600 lawyers in 25 countries and 64 offices throughout the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia. It has leading practices in corporate, finance, human resources, litigation, real estate, regulatory and legislative, tax, and technology, media and communications. Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell is chairman of DLA Piper. In certain jurisdictions, this information may be considered attorney advertising.

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