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Keo Shaw

Keo Shaw

Of Counsel

Keo Shaw advises life sciences, technology, and healthcare clients on a range of regulatory, compliance, and transactional issues. She has particularly rich experience advising on regulatory issues presented by digital health technologies. 

Keo has a neuroscience degree from the University of Cambridge and is dual-qualified as a lawyer in the US and the UK, bringing an international outlook to her practice. She is part of DLA Piper’s FDA Regulatory and AI practices, regularly advising, speaking, and publishing on legal issues arising from the application of novel medical technologies. Keo is also part of the Health AI Partnership Leadership Team along with individuals from Duke Health, the Mayo Clinic, UC Berkeley and others.

Before joining DLA, Keo was senior health products counsel at a multinational technology company. In that role Keo advised business teams and executive management on complex legal and regulatory risks in the digital health space, including human subjects research and clinical trials, regulatory authorization for medical devices, product marketing, distribution, and post-market issues.

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Representative Matters
  • Counseled a major global pharmaceutical company on development of digital therapeutics products and governance of AI within its business.
  • Advised a biotechnology company on setting up clinical trials involving digital health technologies.
  • Led FDA regulatory due diligence and transaction advice on acquisitions and investments involving AI and software solutions in the life science and health care space.
  • Advised pharmaceutical, health technology, telehealth and laboratory services clients on regulatory product classifications, risk assessments and implementation of digital health solutions, including smart wearables, clinical decision support software and AI/ML-enabled medical devices.
  • Counseled a clinical trial services company on cyberattack response.
  • Counseled a technology developer on product development strategy and post-market compliance issues related to health/medical mobile applications.
  • Led multijurisdictional surveys to determine regulatory status of digital health products ahead of global launches.
  • Advised Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) manufacturer on implementing clinical trials, including drafting and negotiating clinical trial agreements, reviewing informed consent forms and recruitment materials, addressing FDA regulatory issues with Investigational Review Boards and advising on publication issues.
  • Counseled a multinational technology company on contributions to trade association position papers on smart devices and responses to public consultations on updates to medical device regulations.
  • Advised a major US technology company on the cross-border acquisition of a health and sleep app and related devices.
  • Led FDA regulatory advice in connection with US asset sale of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products.
  • Represented a large North American consumer goods company in employee non-compliance with FDA manufacturing and laboratory standards investigation and resolution.
  • M.A., Neuroscience, Cambridge University 2007
  • L.L.B., Nottingham Trent University 2010
  • P.G.D., University of Oxford 2014



  • Speaker, UCSF Coordinating Center for Diagnostic Excellence (CoDEx) AI and Diagnosis Webinar Series, "Exploring the AI Implementation Life Cycle within Healthcare Organizations", virtual event (June 25, 2024)
  • Speaker, Health Excellence Through Technology (HETT) North 2024, "Driving Innovation for Digital Maturity in a Global Context," Manchester, UK (February 28, 2024)
  • Speaker, Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) Current Developments in Digital Health Technology and Regulation Conference, "Navigating Laws and Regulations Globally in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Era," virtual event (January 31, 2024)
  • Speaker, Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) Healthcare Horizon Conference, "Data Ethics and Legal Frontiers: Navigating the Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Al in Healthcare," Singapore (October 14, 2023)
  • Speaker, International Women’s Forum 2023 World Leadership Conference, "You're All I Need to Get By: The Artificial Intelligence Revolution," Detroit, MI (October 5, 2023)
  • Speaker, Health Excellence Through Technology (HETT) Show 2023, "Considering Global Insights on Evidence for AI in Healthcare," London, UK (September 26, 2023)
  • Speaker, Crosstown Showcase: AI in Healthcare, "Innovation in Healthcare," Chicago, IL (September 14, 2023)
  • Speaker, American Health Law Association (AHLA) webinar, "Data Privacy and Security Enforcement for Health and Wellness Apps," (June 13, 2023)
  • Speaker, eMerge Americas Conference, "Unlocking Innovation and Collaboration Through Digital Health and Technology," Miami, FL (April 21, 2023)
  • Speaker, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2022 Software Course, "FDA: Digital Therapeutics & Regulation," Baltimore, MD (September 19, 2022)

Media Mentions

  • Mentioned, "A research team airs the messy truth about AI in medicine — and gives hospitals a guide to fix it," Stat News, April 27, 2023

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Health AI Partnership (HAIP) – Leadership team
  • Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) - Member
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) - Member



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