Hemmie Chang

Partner, Chair, Licensing & Strategic Alliances Practice - Boston

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As Chair of Foley Hoag's Licensing & Strategic Alliances Practice Group, partner Hemmie Chang regularly handles high profile intellectual property matters. Clients routinely benefit from Hemmie's strategic business perspective and legal acumen from her two-plus decades of experience within the life sciences, energy and cleantech and technology sectors. She advises both established and emerging companies on a wide variety of licensing matters, from development to marketing deals - all of which involve a broad range of intellectual property assets, from brand names to copyright, patents to trade secrets. Hemmie is also very active within the firm’s Business Department and Life Science and Technology practice groups.

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  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs, A.B.

Representative Experience

Represents clients in collaboration and licensing transactions and investments with major pharmaceutical and emerging high-growth companies, and successfully counsels clients on investments, mergers and acquisitions and financings in energy and renewables (solar, wind) and other projects, including:

  • Represented U.K.-based biopharmaceutical company PrEP Biopharm Limited in a £21 million (approximately US$32 million) Series A financing round, led by a large publicly traded U.K. clinical research organization and top pharma venture investor, to complete development of a compound designed to help patients with respiratory viral infections in-licensed from the pharma investor’s affiliate.
  • With the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), filed an amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 21 Asian American groups and 44 higher education faculty and officials to uphold the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action policy.
  • Represented biotechnology company Chromocell Corporation in its collaboration and licensing agreement with Astellas Pharma Inc. to develop and commercialize new therapies to treat neuropathic pain. Under the collaboration, Chromocell is eligible to receive upfront and milestone payments exceeding $500 million plus royalties.
  • Advised Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: AGTC) in the largest publicly announced gene therapy deal, a $1+ billion collaboration with equity investment and manufacturing agreements with Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB).
  • Advised Microchips Biotech, Inc. in its entering into a $35 million partnership with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., under which the companies will explore ways to apply Microchip Biotech's implantable drug delivery device to Teva’s line of products.
  • Advised clinical-stage pharmaceutical company Calithera Biosciences, Inc. on a global license agreement with TransTech Pharma, granting Calithera exclusive rights to research, develop and commercialize TransTech's portfolio of hexokinase II inhibitors.
  • Represented Applied Genetic Technologies (NASDAQ: AGTC) in its recent initial public and follow on offerings of common stock raising over US $80 million, after previously completing a $37.5 million Series B financing with Alta Partners, S.R. One, InterWest Partners, MedImmune Ventures and Intersouth Partners.
  • Advised NextCODE Health, LLC in its sale of its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, NextCODE Health Luxembourg, S.a.r.l. to WuXi Genomics, Inc. 
  • Negotiated on behalf of OliPass Corporation, a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing antisense medicines based on peptide nucleic acid (PNA) technology, in its strategic partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY).
  • Advised medical diagnostics company Alere Inc. (NYSE: ALR) on licensing and intellectual property matters in its pending $600 million sale of the Alere Health division to healthcare company Optum.
  • Advised lead investors Alopexx and Inventages (Nestlé’s venture capital arm) in $15.6M Series D financing of emerging medical device company Cognoptix, targeting the early detection of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Advised Good Start Genetics, Inc. in a collaboration agreement for prenatal and other tests with PerkinElmer, Inc.
  • Represented Zosano Pharma, Inc. in its agreement with Novo Nordisk A/S to develop a new transdermal presentation of semaglutide.
  • Advised Living Proof, Inc., in its global venture with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. to develop, distribute and commercialize products for aesthetic dermatology.
  • Assisted NextCODE Health with securing an exclusive license for sequence-based clinical diagnostic applications using technology developed by deCODE genetics, and also with securing $15 million in Series A financing from Polaris Partners and ARCH Venture Partners.
  • Advised High Performance Optics in its exclusive and global license agreement with Essilor.
  • Successfully advised Metamark Genetics-Janssen Biotech in an early stage discovery collaboration deal in cancer (up to $365 million in milestone payments).
  • Worked on the development and supply agreement of robotic surgical instruments for the U.S. subsidiary of a major Japanese conglomerate.
  • Crafted an early stage discovery and equity investment biofuels deal with a major European partner.
  • Represented Arisaph Pharmaceuticals in a major reset of royalty and other payments to monetize $26.25 million in upfront and ongoing payments from Royalty Pharma.
  • Represented Bioneer, a Korean public biotech, in a siNRA research collaboration with Sanofi.
  • Worked on the Translational Therapeutics Inc.-Clavis Pharma, Inc. oncology candidate in-license (named BioWorld International Deal of the Week; May 2011).
  • Spinoff of assets (e.g. Bayer Healthcare oncology assets programs, IntElect Medical deep brain stimulation technology from from one of the top five U.S. ranked hospitals).
  • Advised on early stage development deals for NYU spinoff with Medtronic, NuVasive and Stryker, agreements with Life Technologies and Illumina and option and development deals with GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and research collaboration with AstraZeneca.
  • Advise on numerous academic licenses from Harvard, MIT, Whitehead Institute, Johns Hopkins and UCSF.

Professional Experience

  • Biotechnology Industry Organization, Moderator and Speaker
  • Licensing Executives Society, Moderator and Speaker
  • Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Faculty
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Faculty


  • Listed in New England Super Lawyers Magazine (2013, 2014)
  • Articles Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


  • South Cove Manor, Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Inc. and South Cove Nursing Facilities Foundation, Board Member and Secretary
  • Franklin Square House Foundation, Board Member
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Member
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Advisory Group on Undergraduate Education, Member
  • Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, Founding Director
  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Founding Director
  • "A Day in the Life of the Office of the Corporate Secretary," NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference (October 2015)
  • “Assessing Value and Translating Priorities into Deal Terms,” (LES) 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting (October 2014)
  • “Exploring Alternative Sources of Early Stage Funding,” BioNetwork West (October 2014)
  • “How to Structure and Negotiate Deals in the U.S. for the Best Economic and Legal Results,” BIO International (June 2014)
  • "Entering the U.S. Healthcare Market," presentation for Korean Biopharmaceutical Companies (May 2014)
  • "Licensing Boot Camp: Intellectual Property & the Business of Biotech," Endicott College (March 2014)
  • "Creating Successful Life Sciences Partnerships," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) (February 2014)
  • "Licensing Both Ways: Advancing Developments Today While Preserving Rights Tomorrow," Greentown Labs (August 2013)
  • "Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen Your Patent Portfolio Through Licensing," American Conference Institute’s 4th Advanced Summit on Biosimilars (June 2013)
  • "Innovation California Style: How are West Coast Companies Getting from Bench to Product," Licensing Executives Society (LES) Spring Meeting (May 2013)
  • "Can You Reap What You Sow? How the Necessity of Acquiring Early-Stage Assets Can Also Be Win-Win," BIO International (April 2013)
  • "Breaking Down the Tenets Of A True Early-Stage Partnership," BioNetwork East (April 2013)
  • "The Current State of Healthcare & Bioscience Venture Capital, Private Equity & M&A Activity," New England Healthcare Executive Network (NEHEN) (November 2012)
  • Option to License Deals: finding a Winning Balance,” Licensing Executives Society (LES) Annual Meeting (October 2012)
  • Partnering a Platform Technology Today When Companies Want a Drug Tomorrow,” BioNetwork West (October 2012)
  • What’s New in Licensing: America Invents Act and Other Recent Developments,”  BioWorld.com Webinar (September 2012)
  • Sunbeam Products: New Case Law for Trademarks in Bankruptcy TeleBriefing,” Law Seminars International Webinar (September 2012)
  • “Corporate Partnering deals and other non-equity sources of capital (including gov’t grants),” MassChallenge Panel (August 2012)
  • Licensing Back to the Future: Understanding Option Licenses to Advance Developments Today While Preserving Rights Tomorrow,” BIO International (June 2012)
  • Finding the Right Time to Partner: Can you Maximize Value While Balancing Risk and Reward?,” Licensing Executives Society (LES) Spring Meeting (May 2012)
  • Perspectives of Innovative Small Companies on the Industry’s Prospects for 2012 and Beyond,” American Conference Institute (ACI) (February 2012)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions/IP Law Panel, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Annual Conference (October 2011) 
  • “Corporate Partnering Health Care/Life Sciences,” MassChallenge Panel (August 2011)
  • State of Licensing 2011 Update,” BIO International, Webinar (May 2011)
  • “Starting a Business in China: Legal Considerations,” MIT Sloan 2010 Asia Business Conference (November 2010)
  • “Current Trends of Global M&A,” Private Equity Korea - Global Bio & Medical Forum 2010 (June 2010)
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