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University Collaborations

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.

These relationships are challenging to structure, and there’s often great pressure to conclude an agreement quickly and with modest cost.  But you want to be sure your critical interests are protected. And you want to ensure that your contract can withstand future due diligence by potential investors, underwriters and commercial partners.


At Faber, we have an extensive practice devoted to collaborations between industry and academic institutions. Our 1000+ 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.

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

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. 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.

Contact us to learn how we can expedite your next collaboration.