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25 June 2009

James Hatton Appears in the Vancouver Sun

Farris Partner James Hatton’s recent, largest-ever-in-Canada, drug-licencing transaction between Merck & Co and Cardiome Pharma Corp is hailed in an article that appears in the June 25, 2009 issue of the Vancouver Sun. In it, Hatton also discusses his current work in which he merges his vocation and his avocation: a potential research deal between beekeeping mentor John Gibeau’s Honeybee Centre and Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

As Malcolm Perry writes, Hatton was there recently for this year’s fourth-biggest drug-licensing transaction worldwide, and the largest-ever in Canada. That was the $800-million US undertaking between Merck & Co., Inc. and city-based Cardiome Pharma Corp. to develop and commercialize the atrial-fibrillation drug vernakalant. The result almost doubled Canada’s previous title-holder—the $497-million US deal in 2007 that gave Eli Lilly and Co. exclusive worldwide rights to BioMS Medical Corp.‘s multiple-sclerosis compound, MBP-8298.

Hatton is also an apiarist, with beehives at the family home from which he and wife Jennifer give away jars of what they label Hatton Honey of Dundarave, West Vancouver. An 1861 patent document and model in Hatton’s office shows how inventor Elsberry L. Jinnett proposed to lure rapacious miller moths into a hive’s jail-like secondary chamber with no access to the honeycomb. Although the secondary chamber appeals to lawyers and deal-makers alike, it was the main chamber that first attracted Hatton: “I got interested in the harsh, medieval nature of bees, where drones are killed and the queen mates once and is kept in the dark for the rest of her life.”

Now, in what he calls his “vocation and avocation coming together,” Hatton represents beekeeping mentor John Gibeau’s Honeybee Centre in a potential research agreement with Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., “on the therapeutic qualities of different honeys.”

To view a photo of James Hatton, please click on the attachment. To read the complete article, please click here.

JPH - Drugs and Honey (Vancouver Sun).pdf

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