Avalere Policy 360®
Avalere Policy 360® serves as the singular source for interpreting how federal policy developments impact the healthcare industry and commercial strategies.
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Gillian Woollett, Senior Vice President, leads our FDA Practice. She provides the "prequel" of scientific and regulatory strategic policy expertise that supports medicinal products gaining approval at the FDA in a manner that allows them to be successful in the public and private reimbursement world. She is building a bridge for Avalere clients from the FDA space into the traditionally separate Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and healthcare policy/business world.
Prior to joining Avalere, Gillian was Chief Scientist at Engel & Novitt, LLP, and was Vice President, Science and Regulatory Affairs at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). She joined BIO after being Associate Vice President at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. She has been an appointee on federal advisory committees to the CDC and the Department of Commerce. Trained as a molecular biologist/immunologist, Gillian publishes in peer-reviewed literature on biotechnology topics, and is a frequent speaker on emerging biosciences and their ability to support better and more focused therapies.
Gillian has a BA, MA in the Natural Sciences Tripos (Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge, and a DPhil in Immunology from the University of Oxford.
Jay Jackson, Manager, supports clients on methods to optimize regulatory strategy. He applies his background in molecular biology and legislative affairs to track policy updates, strategize stakeholder engagement and analyze the regulatory environment. Jay also has experience in database analytics.
Prior to joining Avalere, Jay was a Legislative Policy Analyst in the office of Colorado Sen. Jeanne Nicholson performing research and analysis on a wide range of social and public health issues. Prior to that, he was a Professional Research Assistant at the University of Colorado, managing animal model behavioral testing and human genetic copy number assays.
Jay holds a BS in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida and an MPH in Health Systems Management and Policy from the University of Colorado School of Public Health.
Brenda Huneycutt, PhD, JD, MPH, Vice President in Avalere’s FDA Strategy and Regulatory Policy practice, advises clients on regulatory strategy and policy spanning drugs, biologics and diagnostics, and conducts due diligence assessments for clients looking to acquire or in-license products. Using her molecular biology research background, combined with her legal and public health policy training, Brenda helps clients translate technical information into clear descriptions for various audiences, and offers special expertise in regulatory strategy for FDA approval strategies involving accelerated and new pathways, including breakthrough therapy and orphan designations, and biosimilars and interchangeable biologics.
Prior to joining Avalere, Brenda conducted research at the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University and was an Patent Attorney for Finnegan, LLP.
Brenda has a BA in Biology from the University of Delaware; a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder; a JD from the George Washington University School of Law; and a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.