Xin Tao

Xin Tao

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Email xin.tao@​

Phone +1 202 637 6986

Fax +1 202 637 5910


Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

With a strong understanding of life sciences, Xin Tao works closely with clients in the food and drug industries to navigate the evolving regulatory environments and develop innovative strategies to commercialize products made with emerging technologies both in the United States and China.

Xin's previous work experience as a research biochemist informs his science-based food and drug law practices. His unique ability in understanding and interpreting the complex scientific issues as they relate to the governing legal and regulatory requirements helps clients with all phases of product development, manufacturing, and marketing. His practice focuses on novel food and drug applications that require U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review and FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) compliance for foods, dietary supplements, and pharmaceuticals.

Born and raised in China, Xin is well-equipped to assist global companies to adapt to China's National Medical Products Administration's (NMPA), formerly known as China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), ever-changing regulatory regime. Xin is increasingly expanding his knowledge of California's Proposition 65 (Prop 65) as it pertains to his clients.

Xin is actively involved in a number of organizations that serve Chinese legal and life sciences professionals in Washington, D.C., including the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association and the Washington, D.C. Chinese Legal Association. He is a frequent speaker and contributor to industry publications in both the United States and China.

During law school, Xin worked as a regulatory scientist at an international law firm and served as an executive editor of the Georgetown Environmental Law Review.

Awards and recognitions


Excellent Service Award
Sino-American Pharmaceutical Association

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2012

M.S., Texas A&M University, 2009

B.S., Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2006

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Virginia (inactive)

Representative experience

Obtained FDA and FSIS authorization for a novel food contact substance used for collecting and removing gases and liquid impurities during the meat aging process.

Helped companies respond effectively and on time to Form FDA 483 observations and Warning Letters challenging the manufacturing and labeling practices.

Developed legal strategies in helping companies establishing compliance with Proposition 65 warning for BPA.

Developed legal and scientific support for the advertising of novel food and dietary supplement products under FTC's claim substantiation standards.

Experience advising on FDA due diligence investigations for companies subject to takeover or merger activity.

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