Industry Experience

Founder

The Wren Law Office

Division Counsel

Specialty Chemicals Group and Global Procurement Group

FMC Corporation

Senior Counsel

GSK Legal Department, Business Development Transactions  

GlaxoSmithKline, Inc.

Associate

Business Department

Saul Ewing LLP

Donna has a strong transactional background in the pharmaceutical and technology industries. As both in-house and outside counsel, Donna has represented life sciences clients in complex research, development and licensing agreements, including matters with global scope.

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Prior to joining the firm Donna was in private practice in her own firm focusing on clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical and technology industries.

Her prior experience includes serving as in-house counsel at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). There she supported global business transactions for therapeutic, diagnostic and cell-based products, including option-based discovery, development and commercialization deals, sponsored research agreements, and early stage research collaborations and evaluation agreements.  During her time at GSK, Donna assisted in the establishment of strategic partnerships that included the company’s major R&D alliances with Human Genome Sciences, Inc. and OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, and the integration of a mission-critical technology platform acquisition which greatly expanded GSK’s compound screening capabilities.

Donna’s in-house counsel experience also includes serving as a division counsel for a large international chemical company supporting the company’s Specialty Chemicals and Global Procurement Groups.  She handled development, license and commercialization agreements for novel technology used in the manufacture of alginate-based products for use in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications.

Recent Client Work +

Recent Client WOrk –

  • AstraZeneca’s collaboration with Human Longevity, Inc. to sequence and analyze up to 500,000 DNA samples from AstraZeneca’s clinical trials for genomic-focused research
  • Evaluation and option agreements for a large pharmaceutical company to enable the company to evaluate various biotechnology companies’ platform technologies to determine whether to pursue larger strategic deals
  • Sponsored research agreement for a biotechnology company in its efforts to work with an academic institution to identify, optimize and/or develop novel therapeutics for the treatment of partial androgen insensitivity (PAIS)
  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline (as outside counsel) in negotiations with various academic institutions as part of GlaxoSmithKline’s Discovery Partnership with Academia (DPAc) program

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Community –

Donna serves as a volunteer attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, representing abused and neglected children.

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Education
  • Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Fulbright Scholar to Valencia, Spain
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., with Honors