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Industry Experience

Chief Operating Officer

IncreVet, Inc.

Associate General Counsel

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.

Senior Manager for Business Development

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.

Brian’s knowledge and experience bridges the gap between business and law. After graduating from the George Washington University School of Law, he studied finance and accounting at the London School of Economics. His diverse background makes him a valuable partner for the firm and our clients. Brian spent 10 years at Faber before co-founding IncreVet, Inc., but he maintains his deep connection with the firm and clients within the biopharmaceutical industry who are forming companies, seeking financing, acquiring or disposing of assets, and creating supply and distribution arrangements.

In addition, Brian frequently counsels clients on their real estate activities, including leases for specialized laboratory space. He has drafted and negotiated office space and laboratory leases in major life sciences markets across the United States, including Greater Boston/Cambridge, Philadelphia, Raleigh, and Seattle.

experience +

experience –

  • Clerked for the Honorable Clyde Hamilton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Served as legal counsel to the U.S. Senate's Committee on Governmental Affairs
  • Served as legal counsel to the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Private practice at a large law firm where he focused on representing technology, life sciences, and software companies
  • IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. where he was both an Associate General Counsel in the company’s legal department and a Senior Manager for Business Development helping IDEXX grow its reference laboratory network through acquisitions both inside and outside the United States

Recent Client Work +

Recent Client WOrk –

  • Sale of Bio-Pharm, Inc. to Torrent Pharmaceuticals
  • Merger of Motif Micro, Inc. to YPB Group Limited
  • Sale of AesRx (with a Phase II sickle cell program) to Baxter International
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals acquisition of Sirna Therapeutics from Merck for $175 million plus milestones and royalties
  • Spin-out of Florida Biologix business from University of Florida, and equity financing
  • Strategic investment from IMS Health in CliniWorks
  • Spin-out and equity financing of Mellitus from Harvard Medical School
  • Acquisition of PharmPro division of FluidAir by Mutual Pharmaceutical Company
  • Business combination of BioSTAR West and Hawaii Chitopure to form Synedgen
  • Long-Term Manufacturing and Supply Agreement between Bio- Pharm, Inc. and G&W Laboratories, Inc.
  • Acquisition of all of the shares of Porogen Corporation by Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. LLC (pending)
  • Acquisition of all of the shares of Vgo Communications, Inc. by Vecna Technologies, Inc.
  • Sale of a controlling interest in HighRes Biosolutions, Inc. to NewtrAx

Leasing Work

  • Lease of approximately 66,000 RSF in Watertown, MA between Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and 480 Arsenal Group, LLC  
  • Lease of approximately 38,000 RSF in Cambridge, MA between Unum Therapeutics, Inc. and King Street Properties
  • Lease of approximately 15,000 RSF HQ office and Warehouse space in Nassau, NY between Level Solar, Inc. and Steel 327 New South Road LLC
  • Lease of approximately 48,500 RSF of space in Cambridge, MA between Alnylam, Inc. and RREEF America REIT II CORP
  • Lease of approximately 4,800 RSF of office space in Seattle, WA between Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. and BPG Rock Westlake, LLC
  • Lease of approximately 3,500 RSF of office space in King of Prussia, PA between Paratek Pharma LLC and Atlantic American Properties Trust
  • Lease of approximately 37,500 RSF of office and lab space in Cambridge, MA between Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and King Street Properties
  • Lease of approximately 46,000 RSF of office and lab space in Waltham, MA between NetBio, Inc. and 266 & 275 Second Avenue, LLC
  • Lease of approximately 5,200 RSF of office space in Billerica, MA between Raindance Technologies, Inc. and Fortune Partners, LC

Community +

Community –

Joe is or has been involved in a wide range of philanthropic and community organizations, including:

  • The Center for Discovery. Pro bono counsel for R&D initiatives at a leading provider of medical and clinical care and education services for people with complex developmental disabilities.
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Partners in Health. Pro bono counsel for an international health services joint venture.
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Board of DirectorsTrustees.
  • Partners Healthcare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, Genetics Advisory Council, past member.
  • Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medical Science and Technology Council, past member.
  • CAVU Foundation, Board of Directors, past member. CAVU  supported community programs that enhance the health care of underserved children in Massachusetts.
  • Venturing Out, Board of Directors, past member. Venturing Out was an innovative not-for-profit organization that taught entrepreneurship to incarcerated and court-involved adults and high-risk youth.
  • The Possible Project, Co-Founder of a not-for-profit that helps young people imagine, create and run their own business.
  • Slow Money, Maine and New York chapters. Joe worked with leadership to create pathways for individuals and families to provide financial assistance to farmers and agriculture businesses promoting sustainable local food systems. He also developed novel “patient loan” structures that have been used to raise critical financing for businesses that are re-building agricultural and fisheries food infrastructures.

Joe has spoken on business law and ethics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Program of Health Sciences and Technology), Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (Net Impact Conference), and Boston College Law School.

Joe was a member of the National Finance Council and actively involved in the voter protection team for the Stacey Abrams for Governor campaign.

Bar Admissions
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • Boston College, B.A.