WuXi AppTec’s Acquisition of OXGENE

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Taylor Wessing advised WuXi AppTec on the deal.

WuXi AppTec, a leading global provider of R&D- and manufacturing-enabling services in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, announced that it has completed its acquisition of OXGENE, a pioneering United Kingdom-based contract research and development organization that designs and develops scalable gene therapy technologies. The acquisition enables WuXi AppTec to offer its customers end-to-end support in the creation and development of cutting-edge cell and gene therapies for patients in need worldwide.

OXGENE will become a fully owned subsidiary of WuXi Advanced Therapies (WuXi ATU), WuXi AppTec’s cell and gene therapy contract testing, development, and manufacturing organization business unit. WuXi ATU’s integrated platforms transform the development, testing, manufacturing, and commercialization of cell and gene therapy products and accelerate their time to market. OXGENE, which will retain its name, will be WuXi ATU’s first facility in Europe and will further enhance these industry-leading capabilities.

The Wilson Sonsini team included Barry Taylor (Picture) , Kathy H. Ku, Nikkisha Smith, Rui Ke, Stacy Kim, Amanda Pollard, Jose Campos, Wanda Woo, Draco Ng, Karen Wong, Richard Wang, Adrian Barker, Quinn Yu, Claudia Geldres, Seth Lee, Ryan Lin, Brandon Tavshanjian, Alex Key, Nguyen Pham, Miruna Predescu, Subha Patibanda, Kexi Wang, Matthias Gallas, Stephen Heifetz and Nimit Dhir.

The Taylor Wessing’s team was led by Corporate Technology Partner Mark Barron, Senior Associate Sarah Cole, and Associate Nicola Caton. Further support was provided by Employment Partner Paul Callaghan and Associate Nadine Simpson-Ataha, Commercial Technology and Data Partner Sian Skelton, and Associates Rachel Jones and Tamara Mackay-Temesey, Tax Partners Graham Samuel-Gibbon, Ann Casey and Anna Humphrey, Associates Madison Lawler and Marianna Vlas, and Senior Counsel James Stewart, Patents Partner Colin McCall and Associate Katie Lockwood, Pensions Senior Associates Hadassah Shulman and Georgina Wardrop, Competition Partner Paolo Palmigiano, Real Estate Partner Lauren Fendick.

Involved fees earner: Mark Barron – Taylor Wessing; Paul Callaghan – Taylor Wessing; Ann Casey – Taylor Wessing; Nicola Caton – Taylor Wessing; Sarah Cole – Taylor Wessing; Lauren Fendick – Taylor Wessing; Anna Humphrey – Taylor Wessing; Rachel Jones – Taylor Wessing; Madison Lawler – Taylor Wessing; Katie Lockwood – Taylor Wessing; Colin McCall – Taylor Wessing; Paolo Palmigiano – Taylor Wessing; Graham Samuel-Gibbon – Taylor Wessing; Hadassah Shulman – Taylor Wessing; Nadine Simpson-Ataha – Taylor Wessing; Sian Skelton – Taylor Wessing; James Stewart – Taylor Wessing; Marianna Vlas – Taylor Wessing; Georgina Wardrop – Taylor Wessing; Adrian Barker – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Jose Campos – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Nimit Dhir – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Claudia Geldres – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Stephen Heifetz – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Rui Ke – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Alex Key – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Stacy Kim – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Katherine Ku – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Seth Lee – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Draco Ng – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Subha Patibanda – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Nguyen Pham – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Amanda Pollard – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Miruna Predescu – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Nikkisha Smith – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Brandon Tavshanjian – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Barry Taylor – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Richard Wang – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Kexi Wang – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Karen Wong – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Wanda Woo – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Quinn Yu – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati;

Law Firms: Taylor Wessing; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati;

Clients: WuXi AppTec Co. Ltd.;

Author: Martina Bellini