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Academic Research Institutions & Foundations

Not-for-profit research institutions are strong sources and drivers of innovation. And collaborating with universities, research hospitals and foundations is an increasingly important way for companies to accelerate value creation – whether the field is life science, healthcare IT, medical devices or engineering technology.


At Faber, we have an extensive practice devoted to collaborations between industry and academic institutions. Our 2,000+ clients have included public and venture-backed companies, investors, academic researchers and entrepreneurs, foundations and other not-for-profit entities, and some of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. and Europe.

We regularly work with startups seeking to in-license their core technology, as well as more established companies looking for complementary discovery and development expertise.  We have helped academic institutions negotiate intellectual property licenses, organize consortiums and optimize their investments in companies that are further developing technology invented in the institutions’ labs.

We have more professionals focused on this area than you’re likely to find anywhere else, including lawyers and contracts specialists who have devoted their entire careers to these collaborations, and have worked in-house in these institutions.

Our transactional experience includes:

  • In-licensing of compounds, processes and platform technologies developed by academia and other nonprofits
  • Sponsored research
  • Academic consulting
  • Materials transfer arrangements
  • Research collaborations
  • Clinical development collaborations
  • Consortiums

First-hand experience

We recognize that the cultures of these institutions are unique, leading to profoundly different approaches to contracting. And we know how to navigate the negotiation in order to get the job done efficiently, without sacrificing important details. Based on our significant market knowledge, we can advise you on prioritizing goals in negotiations and efficiently finding common ground.

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