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About Us

About Us

Contracts Associates’s experienced pharmaceutical attorneys are dedicated to serving the needs of the Life Sciences community. We are a valued partner to our clients and we pride ourselves on adding “big pharma” value to small-to-mid-size organizations.

What we do

Let us draft, negotiate and finalize your company’s contracts including:

  • Manufacturing and Development Agreements
  • CRO Agreements
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Clinical Trial Agreements
  • Informed Consents
  • Supply and Distribution Agreements
  • Sponsored Research Agreements
  • Laboratory Agreements
  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • Service Agreements
  • Confidential Disclosure Agreements
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What we love

We excel in the ability to hit the ground running and we add immediate value by accelerating the contract review process and while at the same time, obtaining the most advantageous and equitable terms for our clients.

Whether you are looking to lighten your own workload or wish to cut down on your law firm bills, Contracts Associates can help.If you want a team that understands your business, helps guide your long-term strategy, ensures your legal compliance, manages your risk, and helps you build your company’s relationships with your vendors and clinical sites, we provide services that will ultimately benefit you and your company and help you achieve success.

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What we believe in

We believe that relationships matter. Our team enjoys working with our counterparts at the most prestigious academic research centers in the United States. Over our many years, we have established a reputation for fairness and objectivity.

We believe in equitable contract terms. Our contract attorneys apply their extensive knowledge of the needs of US and ex-US clinical sites to our reviews, as contracts which meet the needs of both parties, play a large role in establishing a “partnership” with our clinical sites, during study start-up.
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Meet the Team

What We Do

What We Do

Contracts Associates provides timely, cost-effective customized legal solutions to accelerate our clients’ development timelines, ultimately bringing new products to market faster and more efficiently.

Contract Reviews

We can work directly with your CROs and turn around requests for sponsor guidance and reviews in an expeditious manner. Our timely reviews will prevent you, the sponsor, from becoming the reason that your own timelines are not being met.

Contract Creation

We can create a “go-to” library of industry-standard contract templates that reflect your specific risk tolerance and include your required terms: a must-have for a Life Science company of any size.

Legal Services

Contracts Associates attorneys can help you manage risk and accelerate your contracts in a variety of ways. We can fill in gaps by augmenting your existing legal team or we can serve as in-house counsel.

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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Our contract attorneys share the same pressures, responsibilities, and satisfaction experienced by all of us in the life sciences community. If you want a team that understands your business, then you want us.


Colleen Sproul, JD

Colleen Sproul is the founder and CEO of Contracts Associates. Colleen’s practice focuses on compliance and formulation of successful contracting strategies for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on legislative and FDA regulatory developments in the area of clinical contracting in the US, the EU, Asia-Pac and South America.

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Dana Shelton, JD

With more than 10 years of in-house experience, Dana Shelton handles a wide array of client agreements ranging from pharmaceutical discovery to research and development and manufacturing. She has drafted, negotiated and counseled clients with respect to confidential disclosure agreements, consulting arrangements, material transfer agreements, clinical trial contracts, informed consents and vendor agreements.

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Melissa Schmidt

Melissa Schmidt has extensive experience advising executive management and in-house clients on all legal matters in the corporate pharmaceutical and healthcare fields. She has counseled clients on matters related to strategic licensing, regulatory and pricing guidance, antitrust/competition, sales and marketing activities and commercial and clinical contracts.

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Elizabeth A. Spinney, JD

Elizabeth A. Spinney, JD

Elizabeth is a former engineer who has spent over thirteen years providing legal support for pharmaceutical companies. She brings extensive experience to her work with Contracts Associates and employs her broad knowledge and expertise to work with companies to draft and negotiate a vast range of contracts including strategic licensing agreements, material transfer agreements, research collaborations,
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Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

  • Specialized, accomplished attorneys – each with extensive pharmaceutical industry backgrounds
  • We’ll accelerate your processes and negotiate favorable contract provisions that can make all the difference to your company and your potential partners.
  • We know your vendors and your clinical sites
  • We leverage “real world” experience, gained by serving companies ranging from start-up/early stage to Fortune-500 Big Pharma

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Contact

Contact

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Phone

617.669.8080

Location

Boston, MA