Amy Ryan's practice focuses on technology related transactions. Ms. Ryan regularly assists clients with drafting and negotiating a broad range of contracts for the commercialization and protection of intellectual property and technology. Her experience in this capacity includes drafting and negotiating license agreements, development agreements, collaboration agreements, clinical study agreements, technology transfer agreements, and manufacturing and distribution agreements. While Ms. Ryan counsels clients in a variety of industries, she concentrates in the field of life sciences and has particular expertise in representing both commercial and non-profit entities in novel research collaborations with academic and medical research institutions.

Ms. Ryan is a 1999 cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Project Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.


  • The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research (U.S.) Ltd. in a major grant transaction with Cambridge University to establish The Mark Foundation Institute for Integrated Cancer Medicine at Cambridge, a new institute that aims to revolutionize cancer care by maximizing big data collected from patients. The virtual institute aims to exploit recent advances in big data processing and machine learning to capture and integrate clinical, genomic, and image data collated from hundreds of cancer patients in real time.
  • The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in its establishment of a $250 million cancer immunotherapy research consortium comprised of six academic and medical research institutions, including a novel, collaborative approach to centralized tech transfer and commercialization processes across participating institutions.
  • The Sean N. Parker Foundation in its $24 million gift to Stanford University for the establishment of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford.
  • The Lieber Institute for Brain Development in its formation and affiliation with Johns Hopkins University; developed intellectual property, publications, and conflicts policies for the institute; advised on material transfers, licenses, and collaborations with other researchers and private companies.
  • The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in its development and implementation of an intellectual property policy with nine (9) university and academic medical center grant recipients involved in the Artificial Pancreas Project.
  • In a transaction recognized by the Licensing Executives Society as a Deal of Distinction™, a leading global pharmaceutical company in a pioneering drug discovery and development collaboration with a major US university. The deal was cited as being an innovative and "excellent illustration of the interface between industry and academia."
  • Leading US biopharmaceutical company in its negotiations with a major medical center to develop a strategic alliance that will design and conduct clinical trials for oncology product candidates.


Life Science Transactions: Getting to a Successful Deal
Arnold & Porter Seminar, Cambridge, MA
Embracing Intangible Asset Ownership Issues and Navigating Innovation
AICPA, Private Foundation Summit, National Harbor, MD
Nonprofit Funder — Research Institution Partnership Workshop
Government - University - Industry Research Roundtable, Keck Center, Washington, DC
Managing Your Grant Support
AUTM 2018, Phoenix, AZ
Life Sciences Transactions Boot Camp
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Morristown, NJ


  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1999, cum laude
  • BA, University of Virginia, 1988
  • District of Columbia

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