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27 October 2015

Hutchison PLLC (Raleigh), a leading provider of strategic business counsel to the life science and technology communities, announced today that it has opened an office in Gainesville, FL, to support the entrepreneurial activities so prevalent in Gainesville and Central Florida.“We have observed the growth of entrepreneurial activities in Gainesville and Central Florida for many years," said Fred Hutchison, founding partner of the firm. “The continued increase in the number of emerging companies, the ongoing recognition by venture capital firms of the high caliber of companies being started in this area, the highly rated tech transfer offices and the world class medical centers all played a part in our feeling now was the right time to open an office in Gainesville.”The office will be led by Robb Giddings, a veteran corporate and licensing attorney. Prior to joining Hutchison, Robb worked for AbbVie Inc., where he was responsible for legal issues related to AbbVie’s clinical R&D programs. Robb is licensed in North Carolina, Massachusetts and now Florida.“My experience in healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotech industries—especially early-stage initiatives—will help me to support clients in the expanding Florida life sciences industry,” said Robb. “Gainesville also has an emerging technology sector that brings an excitement and energy to this city the likes of which I’ve only experienced in Silicon Valley, Austin and Research Triangle Park, so I am extremely fortunate to be part of a team of attorneys who have extensive expertise in both the technology industry and the life sciences industry. The entire firm is committed to our clients’ growth and success in Florida, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to support the legal needs of technology and biotechnology companies in Gainesville and Central Florida.”

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