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Michael S. Rabson

Michael S. Rabson

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Palo Alto, CA, USA

Dr. Michael Rabson is Senior Of Counsel in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on counseling biotechnology companies, including those in the biopharmaceutical, diagnostics, clean technology, and agricultural biology industries. Michael has more than 20 years of experience working with clients in the life sciences, both as external counsel and in-house counsel. He often serves as external general counsel to such  companies, providing advice regarding the full range of business and legal issues, including the negotiation and structuring of complex technology transactions, intellectual property counseling, and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to rejoining the firm in 2010, Michael served as senior vice president, business development and legal affairs, and general counsel at Cytokinetics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of small-molecule therapeutics. Before that he spent eight years as senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel at Maxygen, Inc., an international biotechnology company focused on the development of improved protein drugs. His in-house operational experience and deep familiarity with the business issues associated with growing and public companies allow him to be practical and pragmatic in providing advice.

Before he joined Maxygen in 1999, Michael was a member of the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati technology transactions group, where his practice focused on clients in the life sciences, including therapeutics, agriculture, medical devices, and material sciences. Earlier in his career, Michael was a patent examiner focused on biotechnology and genetic engineering at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the patent bar and an author of scientific publications in Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and other journals.

J.D., Yale Law School
Ph.D., Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Yale University
Postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
B.S., Biological Sciences, Cornell University

State Bar of California


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