Sharmela Kalmer

Senior associate

Sharmela is a senior associate in the intellectual property and technology team and advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property, technology, and commercial matters.

She joined the firm from JAG Shaw Baker when they merged with Withers to create a new legal offering, Withers tech, in 2018.

Sharmela’s focus is in life sciences and she has previously worked in-house at Sanofi and on secondment to Takeda. She advises established and emerging pharmaceutical, biotech and medtech clients, including university spin-outs, research institutions, government organisations and charities, on a variety of collaboration, research and development matters. She advises and negotiates clinical trial agreements, master services agreements, data protection, manufacturing, distribution and supply agreements, material transfer agreements and compliance with EU directives, regulations and guidelines.

Her particular experience is in highly negotiated licensing agreements and partnering transactions and she provides strategic advice with respect to business development, improvement to operational activities, dispute resolution under existing collaborations and industry best practices.

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Collaboration Agreement combining the unique capabilities of our client, Elasmogen’s soloMER™ technology with those of Feldan’s Shuttle platform to develop the delivery system and binding domains for two undisclosed intracellular targets for Amgen.

Collaboration Agreement between Parkinson’s UK and Sheffield University to create new treatments for Parkinson’s disease.

Research and development agreement between Scotia Biologics and TC BioPharm for use of Scotia’s antibodies in TC BioPharm;s CAR-T treatment platform.

England and Wales, 2009

PLC - Negotiating multi-jurisdictional clinical trial agreements

PLC - Regulatory and IP due diligence checklist: Pharmaceutical and biotechnology (to be published later this year)

Speaker at the Boston Bar Association conference 2017

Speaker at BDO UK IP seminar



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