Intern- Legal

Avellino Lab
July 30, 2022
Mountain View, CA
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Job Description

Salary: Market

Company Summary

Avellino Lab USA, Inc. is a pre-IPO world leader in genetic diagnostics and gene therapy research with a core specialty in ophthalmology. Avellino developed the first commercially available genetic test for corneal dystrophy, providing a fast and accurate test to help guide physicians in treating their patients to prevent or delay vision loss. Avellino continues to innovate and has developed a next-generation sequencing (NGS) test for keratoconus. In addition to the diagnosis of these progressive eye diseases, Avellino is also developing state-of-the-art siRNA and CRISPR gene editing programs for corneal dystrophies and for treatment technologies that can be applied to other diseases beyond ophthalmology. These therapies have been proven in the laboratory and in animal studies, and Avellino will proceed with human trials in the very near future. Avellino operates globally and has been recognized for its work, including being named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.  

Avellino developed a FDA EUA authorized coronavirus diagnostic test – the Avellino SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Test (AvellinoCoV2 Test) – a Laboratory Developed Test (LDT) that uses Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR for the presumptive in vitro qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Avellino has ramped up operations to help meet the worldwide need for coronavirus testing.

Position Summary

Avellino’s legal intern will be exposed to a wide variety of areas of the law and will work closely with in-house counsel and other professionals in a fast-paced, high-volume setting. The intern will also interact with a wide range of functional groups, including Business Development, Commercial, Finance, Human Resources, and Corporate Real Estate. The Legal Departments summer intern will:

  • learn how to spot legal issues and perform basic legal research on topics such as informed consent requirements, export compliance and sanctions, domestic and international clinical trials in compliance with the FDA and/or CLIA, specialty agreements, big data/data privacy, artificial intelligence/machine learning, employment laws and employee relations, contracting, real estate transactions, and privacy law issues;
  • assist with tasks pertaining to corporate governance and SEC requirements, licensing requirements, intellectual property, and commercial (sales) operations issues; and
  • attend meetings and obtain understanding of legal issues confronting Avellino and the biotech industry at large.

You may also gain exposure to the legal landscapes of Japan, China, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, where we currently or otherwise will operate in the future.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Research, draft and present memoranda, policies, and protocols for purposes of compliance with the FDA and export control related laws and regulations in the United States.
  • Other areas in which we may need help is in the areas of intellectual property, genetic data, artificial intelligence, privacy rights, and Avellino’s status as a CLIA-certified laboratory.
  • Assist in the review of agreements, such as contracts, licensing agreements, partnership/joint venture agreements, and research collaboration agreements.
  • Support privacy counsel in development and implementation of a company-wide privacy program.
  • Support corporate counsel with corporate governance duties, including but not limited to due diligence requests, reporting requirements for foreign entities, and business registration.
  • Collaborate with outside counsel to follow developments in Avellino’s intellectual property, including but not limited to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Minimum Requirements

  • A. or B.S., preferably in a science-related field
  • Attendance at an ABA accredited law school
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Proofreading and editing skills.
  • PowerPoint, Excel and legal research skills.
  • Must be available to work 40 hours a week for the summer session.
  • A great attitude, enthusiastic and willing to learn!

Preferred Experiences

  • Ability to assist with risk assessments of proposed actions based on the law and detail impact on Avellino to Legal department colleagues and internal clients, including in the areas of microbiology, molecular diagnostics, genetics, oncology, precision medicine, artificial intelligence, FDA, and/or export control.

Work Environment:  This job operates in a professional office environment.

Working Conditions: Must be able to regularly sit, speak and hear, and perform climbing, standing, stooping, twisting, lifting, and other physical movements to perform job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to protect essential functions. Avellino is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Travel: Travel is not expected for this position. Housing and transportation is responsibility of the Intern.

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