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William N. Wofford

William N. Wofford

William N. Wofford

Bill is a corporate transactional lawyer and drug development entrepreneur. Bill’s practice at Hutchison has been focused on structuring and negotiating transactions for drug development, biotechnology, medical device and healthcare services companies and financial, strategic and philanthropic investors. Bill helps growing and established companies raise capital, acquire and out-license technology, collaborate with strategic partners and engage in mergers and acquisitions. He is also an investor in and advisor to various development-stage companies and a principal with Arrivo Bioventures, a Research Triangle biopharmaceutical development company. Bill earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Eco Institute at Pickards Mountain and supports environmental, mental health and social justice causes.

Recognition, Affiliations & Memberships

  • Licensing & Corporate Partnering Lawyer of the Year in North Carolina, 2021
  • Co-author and Editor, Biotechnology and the Law (American Bar Association, 2007, 2019)
  • Board of Directors, SEBIO, 2009-2015
  • Member, Entrepreneurial Council for the Wake Forest University Translational Science Institute (TSI)
  • Best Lawyers in America, recognized annually since 2007
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society
  • Member, American Bar Association’s Business Section and Science and Technology Committee
  • Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in: Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice


  • J.D., University of Virginia, 1994
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1989


  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Aerial BioPharma’s sale to Jazz Pharmaceuticals of the drug development candidate now known as “solriamfetol”
  • Clearside Biomedical’s (NASDAQ: CLSD) out-license of rights in Russia and neighboring countries to ophthalmic steroid program and various unpublished early stage collaborations
  • PocketSonics’ acquisition by Analogic
  • Arrivo Bioventures’ in-licenses of worldwide rights to antibody fragment portfolio from Delenex/CellMedica
  • Ascletis Pharma’s in-license of Chinese rights to clinical stage anti-viral programs
  • CureDuchenne’s investments in and collaborations with Bamboo Therapeutics (sold to Pfizer), Capricor Therapeutics, Exonics Therapeutics (including Exonics’ in-license of CRISPR technology from UTSW), Myotherix, Prosensa (sold to BioMarin) and RasRx
  • Innovate Biopharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ: INNT) pre-IPO acquisition and in-license of drug candidates for celiac disease, NASH, Crohn's and ulcerative colitis
  • Midnight Pharma’s in-license of sleep drug candidate from Actelion
  • Velo Bio’s acquisition of clinical stage pre-eclampsia drug and subsequent option deal/partnership with AMAG Pharmaceuticals
  • Spyryx Biosciences’ IP license from UNC Chapel Hill, Series A financing and funding collaboration with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

I would like to express my appreciation to both Bill and Ashley for their support and insight into these very important transactions. I also appreciate their willingness to provide me their thoughts and recommendations!

John Kaiser CEO, Evecxia, Inc.

Bill and John were both really responsive. There were a lot of parties involved which complicated the transaction, but Bill and John did a great job navigating all the dialogues and getting the financing to a close in an industry precedence setting time.

Shawn Leland Founder and Chief Business Officer, Elevation Oncology

Excellent service especially whilst managing a much larger, equally complex financing. I have great confidence in both Bill and Ashley and appreciate and trust in their advice. 

John Kaiser CEO, Evecxia Therapeutics

I appreciate all the contributions and help Bill and the Hutchlaw team provided me in starting up this dream of a company.

Shawn Leland Founder and Chief Business Officer, Elevation Oncology

I have worked with Bill and Anna on multiple transactions and used Bill as corporate counsel for several startups. They are excellent to work with. I particularly appreciate that they provide legal advice so I can make a business decision and they don't get confused about which is more important.

John Taylor CEO, Aceragen, Inc.