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Industry Experience

Founder

The Wren Law Office

Division Counsel

Specialty Chemicals Group and Global Procurement Group

FMC Corporation

Senior Counsel

GSK Legal Department, Business Development Transactions  

GlaxoSmithKline, Inc.

Associate

Business Department

Saul Ewing LLP

Donna’s clients benefit from her strong transactional background in the pharmaceutical and technology industries. She is able to provide the unique perspectives of both an in-house and outside counsel, having represented life sciences clients in complex research, development and licensing agreements. Donna’s substantial experience also includes various matters with a global scope.

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Solo Practitioner

  • Focused on clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical and technology industries.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

In-House Counsel

  • Supported global business transactions for therapeutic, diagnostic and cell-based products, including option-based discovery, development and commercialization deals, sponsored research agreements, and early stage research collaborations and evaluation agreements
  • Assisted in the establishment of strategic partnerships that included the company’s major R&D alliances with Human Genome Sciences, Inc. and OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, and the integration of a mission-critical technology platform acquisition which greatly expanded GSK’s compound screening capabilities
  • Served as a division counsel for a large international chemical company supporting the company’s Specialty Chemicals and Global Procurement Groups
  • Handled development, license and commercialization agreements for novel technology used in the manufacture of alginate-based products for use in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications


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  • Various exclusive license agreements with academic institutions to support clients’ novel drug development efforts
  • Collaboration Agreement between Synlogic, Inc. and Ginkgo Bioworks to combine Ginkgo Bioworks’ automated foundry and expertise in high throughput organism screening and design with Synlogic’s expertise in discovery, translational and clinical development of synthetic biotic medicines to accelerate development of novel gut-based therapeutics
  • Evaluation and option agreement to evaluate novel chemical entity to use in combination with client’s existing antibiotic in an effort to offer superior therapeutic options for the treatment of certain bacterial infections
  • Exclusive license agreement between Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute and Odylia Therapeutics, Inc. for the therapeutics directed against specific linear nucleotide sequence, with application against certain diseases such as Leber's congenital amaurosis 6
  • Sponsored research agreements and advice with respect to several unique research arrangements with academic institutions for new biotech, including a strategic sponsored research agreement with the University of Pittsburgh
  • AstraZeneca’s collaboration with Human Longevity, Inc. to sequence and analyze up to 500,000 DNA samples from AstraZeneca’s clinical trials for genomic-focused research

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Donna serves as a volunteer attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, representing abused and neglected children.

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Education
  • Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Fulbright Scholar to Valencia, Spain
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., with Honors