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MoFo Life Sciences shares timely legal and business insights and in-depth analyses on trends and the complex technologies at the heart of the global pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics, medical devices, digital health, and AgTech fields.


Morrison & Foerster Partners Speak at FDLI’s Digital Health Technology and Regulation Conference

The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) hosted the virtual conference Digital Health Technology and Regulation During COVID-19 and Beyond, November 9-10, 2021. Morrison & Foerster’s Stacy Cline Amin and Bethany Hills led panel discussions during the two-day conference. Stacy Cline Amin, who …›

FDA and International Counterparts Release Best Practices for Machine Learning in Medical Device Development

This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with Health Canada and the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), identified 10 guiding principles to inform the development of Good Machine Learning Practice (GMLP) and promote safe and effective medical …›

October 28, 2021 - Intellectual Property, United States

Traversing Higher Hurdles for Functional Limitations Under Section 112

Genus claims have long been an important component of patent strategy, extending coverage around a lead compound to stop would-be competitors. Recent decisions from the Federal Circuit, however, highlight a tightening standard for written description and enablement of genus claims for biologic inventions, leading …›

Five Key Takeaways from FDA’s Transparency of AI/ML-Enabled Medical Devices Virtual Workshop

On October 14, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a virtual public workshop on transparency surrounding Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) enabled medical devices. The workshop focused on the role of transparency in enhancing the safe and effective use of AI/ML technology …›

FDA Finalizes Guidance on Interpretation of Orphan Drug “Sameness” for Gene Therapy Products

On September 30, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced final guidance titled “Interpreting Sameness of Gene Therapy Products under the Orphan Drug Regulations.” The guidance finalizes the January 2020 draft guidance and provides FDA’s current perspective on certain criteria that …›

September 22, 2021 - FDA, Healthcare, United States

CMS Proposes to Repeal MCIT Final Rule

Jianyuan (Yuan) Hua, FDA Regulatory and Compliance Associate in New York, contributed to the drafting of this post. Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to repeal the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of “Reasonable …›