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Food and Cosmetics

Our team regularly advises clients developing biotech products in areas including biotechnology derived proteins (such as insulin), immunologicals (such as vaccines and allergens), blood or plasma derived products, and engineered tissues.

Our Life Sciences team has experience of advising many cosmetic and food companies, including Cargill, LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics, Primark, United Biscuits, McDonalds, Heineken, Kraft Foods Inc, Nestlé, British Sugar and Heinz, among others. We have advised on issues including health claims, composition and labelling requirements, and various marketing issues. Our lawyers know the issues the industry faces and understand how to deal with them. The team has the added benefit of being fully integrated into Allen & Overy’s broader Life Sciences team and benefits from insights and expertise from our dedicated Life Sciences regulatory group.

News and insights

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Publications: 10 June 2022

Webinar: Creating cross-border value with patent term extensions and supplementary protection certificates

The selection of a patent for Patent Term Extension (PTE) or Supplementary Protection Certification (SPC) exclusivities is a critical decision for new drug products.

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Publications: 09 June 2022

Webinar: "Reverse Payments" from Actavis to California AB 824: The Current State of Litigation Settlements in the Hatch-Waxman/BCPIA Space

Since the Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Actavis, brand and generic drug companies have been working within the antitrust framework laid out in that decision to craft patent litigation…

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Publications: 09 June 2022

Excessive pricing and orphan drugs: Leadiant sanctioned by the Italian Antitrust Authority

The Italian Antitrust Authority has recently decided that Leadiant infringed Article 102 TFEU through a multifaceted strategy that led to it obtaining an excessive price for its CDCA Leadiant®…

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Blog Post: 23 November 2021

The Belgian Joint Commission’s Chamber for Products for Human Use no longer considers oral nicotine pouches to qualify as medicinal products

In a new decision dated 24 September 2021, the Belgian Joint Commission's Chamber for Products for Human Use reversed its previous decision dated 27 November 2020, and now considers that oral nicotine…

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Our Life Sciences and Healthcare sector focus 2022

Our global Life Sciences and Healthcare sector comprises a multi-disciplinary team. We act for companies and their investors across the industry, including in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, animal health, consumer health, med tech, and diagnostics sectors.