Life Sciences - Cybersecurity & Data Privacy


The life sciences industry may be one of the most vulnerable to cybersecurity and data privacy attacks. Disruption caused by hackers and data breaches has the potential to spiral into legal peril that can put everything at risk.

As these risks, and oversight over any company that collects and stores consumer data increases, Blank Rome’s cybersecurity and data privacy attorneys can help life sciences clients navigate the confusing, complicated, and often conflicting landscape created by state, federal, and international privacy, security, and confidentiality laws and requirements. 

We understand that protecting data has never been more important to life sciences companies. Whether it’s security breach notice laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”), or Cybersecurity Act, we have the experience necessary to help mitigate your risks.

How Can We Help

We frequently advise clients managing sensitive, personally identifiable information regulated by data protection laws around the world. Our work touches on privacy and security concerns for our clients’ marketing, research, human resources, consumer, and adverse event teams, among others, both in the United States and around the world.

In addition, we counsel our clients on privacy and cybersecurity issues related to adherence programs, product support programs, participation in research consortia, incident response, and website and mobile applications. We have significant experience in responding to issues on human biological material storage and use and informed consent matters, including in relation to transparency trends in clinical research.

We make sure to work closely with our clients’ own privacy teams to assess existing business practices, draft policies and procedures, create and negotiate privacy language in contracts and permission documents, prepare online training modules, and respond to government inquiries.

What Sets Us Apart

  • We add value for our clients by leveraging relationships within the life sciences and financial industries, as well as the government, to facilitate key introductions that create business opportunities and solve problems. 
  • Our life sciences industry team is bolstered by a deep bench of recognized intellectual property leaders with significant experience in acquiring, defending, enforcing, and invalidating medical device and pharmaceutical patents. 
  • We have achieved numerous wins in high-profile life science disputes and have extensive trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts across the country.
  • We advise on compliance strategies with respect to global data protection laws and the processing of human biological samples, including transparency initiatives in clinical research.

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