Alabama boasts two major biotech centers: Birmingham and Huntsville. The medical and engineering schools at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) attract world class engineers, physicians and researchers, who have encouraged innovation in biotechnology and life sciences for more than 50 years. Two primary examples of this innovation are Southern Research Institute (SRI) and Innovation Depot. SRI is a self-sustaining, not-for-profit research organization, which has provided advancements in drug discovery and pre-clinical drug development for decades. Maynard Cooper lawyers have served on SRI’s board of directors and regularly represent SRI in corporate and litigation matters.
Innovation Depot is a business incubation facility working in conjunction with UAB, which primarily focuses on developing biotechnology/life science, engineering and other service businesses. The National Business Incubation Association recently awarded Innovation Depot the 2011 Dinah Adkins Incubator of the Year award in the technology focus category. The firm provides legal representation to both Innovation Depot and many of its client companies.
Huntsville is home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which has played a central role in the country's space program. Huntsville is also home to Cummings Research Park, one of the world's leading science and technology business parks. While many of the companies operating facilities in Cummings are involved in some facet of aerospace or engineering, and Maynard Cooper regularly represents them, Cummings also boasts one of the newest and best funded biotechnology institutes in the country - HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.
HudsonAlpha is a not-for-profit organization that has received both public and private funding. Its 270,000 square-foot facility in Cummings Research Park houses several research labs and associated companies. Much of HudsonAlpha's research focuses on genomics, in an effort to improve human health, spark economic development, and educate the public. Maynard Cooper has and continues to work with HudsonAlpha and several of its associated companies to help support HudsonAlpha’s mission. In addition, Clearview Cancer Institute, an affiliate of Oncology Specialties, P.C., and a client of Maynard Cooper, collaborates with HudsonAlpha on ongoing cancer research.
Maynard Cooper's lawyers have assisted these and other clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in many aspects of their businesses. From initial entity formation and intellectual property protection to drug and medical device products liability litigation, companies have routinely called on Maynard Cooper to help them navigate the landscapes of these ever changing fields.