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Amy Toro
Amy L. Toro
Partner
San Francisco +1 415 591 7086 atoro@cov.com Download V-card

Amy Toro specializes in technology transactions, with particular emphasis on life science arrangements, such as collaboration and license agreements.  Her clients include pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology clients, and non-profit organizations.  She also has experience with advising high technology clients on matters relating to the development and licensing of standardized technologies as well as their participation in standard-setting organizations in both the litigation context and on the transactional side.

  • Representing a start-up company in possible spin-out license from a large pharmaceutical company.
  • Representing Amyris, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on biofuels, in joint venture and other commercial transactions with Total and other strategic collaboration partners.
  • Represented Gilead Sciences, Inc., in negotiating multiple agreements with Tibotec Pharmaceuticals for the development and commercialization of three different combination products for the treatment of HIV.
  • Represented Sanofi U.S. in multiple license and collaboration agreements, including an out-license agreement of a nasal inhalant product for the treatment of allergies.
  • Represented AstraZeneca in negotiating an in-license agreement with Nektar Therapeutics to develop and commercialize a pegylated opioid product, including for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation.
  • Represented Lilly in negotiating certain manufacturing arrangements relating to its agreement with Evonik for the sale of its Tippecanoe facility.
  • Represented Boehringer-Ingelheim in negotiating certain manufacturing arrangements relating to its purchase of animal health assets from Pfizer, Inc..
  • Advised Novartis regarding a vaccine technology transfer agreement with a government-owned Brazilian pharmaceutical company. 
  • Represented Gilead Sciences, Inc., in negotiation of a various agreements with BMS and Merck relating to the commercialization of Atripla, a triple combination product for the treatment of HIV.

Previous Experience

  • Northwestern University School of Law, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (1998)
  • University of California, Davis, Visiting Professor (1999)
  • Chambers USA, Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (2011-2014)
  • The Daily Journal, Top Women Lawyers (2013)
  • Legal 500 US, Media, Technology and Telecoms - Technology - Transactions (2015) 
  • LMG Life Sciences, "Life Science Star" (2013)
  • IAM Patent 1000 - The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2015-2016)
  • Northern California Rising Stars, Intellectual Property (2009-2010)