Mintz Levin and BioLabs Announce Gold Sponsorship to Support Science-Based Startups in New York City

Mintz attorney Muriel Liberto, Ph.D., to present “The A to Z’s of IP” at this evening’s BioLabs@NYULangone Life Science Startup Founder speaker series — the 10th seminar to date

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and NEW YORK CITY, April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioLabs, a national network of premium coworking facilities designed to help science-based startups go further faster on limited capital investment, and Mintz Levin, a premier Am Law 100 firm, announced the firm has signed on as a Gold sponsor of BioLabs@NYULangone. To kick off the relationship, Mintz Levin Member Dr. Muriel Liberto will be the featured speaker presenting on “The A to Zs of IP – a crash course of intellectual property,” at the 10thseminar in a seminar series held by BioLabs for the New York City area life science startup community.

“Knowing the research milestones necessary for science success and having the confidence to reach them is a given for all of our BioLabs network startups, since we only accept companies with high-impact science run by teams with promising execution,” said BioLabs cofounder and CEO Johannes Fruehauf, M.D., Ph.D. “But beyond the science, there are myriad regulatory and business pathways to be navigated when moving from proof of concept in the lab toward clinical trials and commercialization. I’m certain that many member companies will benefit from regular access to Mintz Levin’s legal talent who can offer expert advice early on — when it really matters. We’re thrilled that Mintz Levin has joined as a Gold sponsor.”

Mintz Levin plans to offer office hours at BioLabs@NYULangone’s Hudson Square facilities, where resident startups can obtain informal advice on how to approach the range of legal-related issues young companies face — from best practices related to licensing, partnerships, and joint ventures to regulatory filings, and more.

“We are huge supporters of the growing ecosystem of emerging life science companies in New York City, and we are delighted to be a sponsor of BioLabs@NYULangone. Many of the companies started here at BioLabs@NYULangone will one day make a difference to all of us,” said Daniel DeWolf, a member and chair of Mintz Levin’s Technology Practice Group and co-chair of the firm’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice Group. He is also editor of MintzEdge, an online resource for entrepreneurs that includes useful tools and information for starting and growing a company. In addition to his active legal practice, Mr. DeWolf is an adjunct professor of law at the NYU Law School. 

Dr. Muriel Liberto is a member with Mintz Levin in New York and focuses her practice on working with clients to obtain worldwide patent protection for their intellectual property. In more than 10 years of practice, she has advised clients similar to the residents at BioLabs facilities across the U.S. Her clients include innovators in the fields of molecular diagnostics, personalized medicine, and medical therapeutics, including therapeutic agents based on small molecules, nucleic acids, lipids, or peptides. Dr. Liberto’s focus is on patent procurement and portfolio management. She also assists her clients by conducting patentability, freedom to operate, and invalidity analyses.

“We’re pleased to add Mintz Levin to our growing roster of sponsors and look forward to a full house at our 10th seminar in our Startup Founders Series.” said Nicole McKnight, Ph.D., managing director of BioLabs New York. “Today is also the first meeting of the selection committee, which will be reviewing applications from startups seeking residency for our full wet-lab facilities, which are expected to be completed by early fall 2018. To apply, visit New York on the locations tab on our website:

BioLabs launched its New York City location in partnership with NYU Langone Health and Bristol-Myers Squibb and the New York City Economic Development Corporation as Founding sponsors. A coworking and event space opened in November 2017 with four startups in residence. To learn more about all our sponsors, visit the sponsor tab on our website.

About BioLabs & BioLabs NY ( twitter: @BioLabsHQ@BioLabsNY)

A membership-based network of shared laboratory facilities located in key cities with proven biotech innovation clusters, BioLabs offers beautifully designed coworking environments that pair fully equipped and supported lab, office, and event spaces with relevant programming and unparalleled access to capital and industry partners. These fertile, supportive ecosystems allow young companies to shift their focus from startup operations to experimentation and innovation so they can reach their scientific potential quickly and achieve business success. Companies can start with a single lab bench and scale up as they grow. The expanding BioLabs network now comprises sites in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts; Durham, North Carolina; San Diego and San Francisco, California; New York City (operating as BioLabs@NYULangone), and Princeton, New Jersey. 

About NYU Langone Health ( twitter: @nyulangone)

Partnering with BioLabs in BioLabs@NYULangone is NYU Langone Health “Technology Ventures and Partnerships,” which facilitates the translation of cutting-edge research into new therapeutics, diagnostics and devices.

About Mintz Levin ( twitter: @mintzlevin)

Mintz Levin serves clients of all sizes and at all stages of growth. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ industries. It’s our job to advise clients about what’s ahead, what to watch out for, and where the new opportunities are. We represent Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, emerging growth and established companies, government agencies, and nonprofits. The firm brings attorneys from complementary practices and geographies to address the rapidly changing legal and regulatory environment of many industries.


Mintz Levin logo There was a standing-room-only crowd when speakers from Millipore Sigma, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Mirimus explored the usage of CRISPR technology as tools for biotech innovation during BioLabs@NYULangone Life Science Startup Founder Seminar Series. Participants find networking time afterwards is equally valuable. April 4th’s “The A to Zs of IP – a crash course of intellectual property” marks the 10th seminar in the popular series. It will be held at BioLabs@NYULangone’s 5th floor venue, 180 Varick Street, in New York City’s vibrant Hudson Square. Other topics have included clinical trials, IPO, licensing, biologics, and VC funding.

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