Attorney, Member of the Firm
Chandana Rao is a seasoned corporate attorney with almost 20 years of legal and business experience representing a wide range of companies at all stages of development, including biotech, healthtech, and pharmaceutical companies. Her practical, risk-based, strategic approach in providing legal advice supports business goals and helps manage change. She has extensive background providing timely, high-quality, actionable counsel on corporate, IP, and commercial matters, while partnering with other departments and stakeholders.
Chandana has experience in structuring, negotiating, and closing a broad range of domestic and international life sciences-related agreements, including CTAs; consulting agreements, licensing and research agreements, supply/manufacturing agreements and sales agreements.
Chandana began her legal career with the national intellectual property firm of Fitzpatrick Cella (now Venable), handling a wide range of patent litigation and prosecution for global pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as post-Series A startups. Prior to her legal career, Chandana worked in manufacturing at a biotechnology startup. While in private practice, Chandana gained expertise in drafting and negotiating licensing agreements, MTAs, and sales and supply agreements for biotechnology companies. She was also seconded at a large consumer products company, where she reviewed MTAs, CDA/IP, distribution, and licensing agreements for their healthcare division.
Chandana graduated from Rutgers University School of Law and holds a Master of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology, where her thesis focused on prostate cancer, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Rutgers University. She is admitted to practice in States of New York and New Jersey, as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Chandana enjoys spending her free time with her family hiking, painting, and learning the intricacies of youth soccer.