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Industry Experience

Agreement Associate, Partners Clinical Research Office

Partners Healthcare

Heather is highly experienced in the management of various clinical and research agreements within complex organizational settings and supporting diverse groups of researchers. She is an accomplished negotiator, who skillfully drafts master services, consulting, clinical study and related support agreements. Heather also brings practical, yet unique, perspective to her work evolving from years of experience in a major health care and research institution.

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Partners HealthCare

Agreement Associate, Partners Clinical Research Office

  • Supported academic research across the Partners hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, McLean, Newton Wellesley Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Center
  • Drafted and negotiated clinical research agreements for a variety of studies

Undergraduate degree in biochemistry

Engaged in clinical research and performed basic research in organic chemistry, as well as molecular and cancer biology

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  • Phase 3 clinical trial sponsored by Puma Biotechnology, Inc. involving approximately 600 subjects across 360 sites in North America, South America, Europe and Asia
  • Multiple Phase 2 clinical trials sponsored by Puma Biotechnology, Inc. involving over 600 subjects across multiple sites in North America, Europe and Asia
  • Phase 3 clinical trial sponsored by Deciphera Pharmaceuticals LLC involving approximately 120 subjects across 35 sites worldwide
  • Phase 1 clinical trial sponsored by Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, LLC involving approximately 200 subjects across 30 sites worldwide

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Joe is or has been involved in a wide range of philanthropic and community organizations, including:

  • The Center for Discovery. Pro bono counsel for R&D initiatives at a leading provider of medical and clinical care and education services for people with complex developmental disabilities.
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Partners in Health. Pro bono counsel for an international health services joint venture.
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Board of DirectorsTrustees.
  • Partners Healthcare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, Genetics Advisory Council, past member.
  • Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medical Science and Technology Council, past member.
  • CAVU Foundation, Board of Directors, past member. CAVU  supported community programs that enhance the health care of underserved children in Massachusetts.
  • Venturing Out, Board of Directors, past member. Venturing Out was an innovative not-for-profit organization that taught entrepreneurship to incarcerated and court-involved adults and high-risk youth.
  • The Possible Project, Co-Founder of a not-for-profit that helps young people imagine, create and run their own business.
  • Slow Money, Maine and New York chapters. Joe worked with leadership to create pathways for individuals and families to provide financial assistance to farmers and agriculture businesses promoting sustainable local food systems. He also developed novel “patient loan” structures that have been used to raise critical financing for businesses that are re-building agricultural and fisheries food infrastructures.

Joe has spoken on business law and ethics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Program of Health Sciences and Technology), Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (Net Impact Conference), and Boston College Law School.

Joe was a member of the National Finance Council and actively involved in the voter protection team for the Stacey Abrams for Governor campaign.

  • ‍Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
  • ‍Providence College, B.S., Biochemistry, cum laude