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Industry Experience

Associate General Counsel, Discovery and Development Group

Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited)

Counsel to Parke-Davis pharmaceutical division

Warner-Lambert Company (now Pfizer)

Sumy’s background in the life sciences make her particularly adept at guiding clients through complex transactions that drive value in all phases of drug development from R&D to commercial product licensing. As lead transactional counsel she helps clients navigate and negotiate strategic product research, development and commercialization transactions, technology and product licensing, academic research collaborations and licensing and commercial product manufacturing and supply chain transactions. Sumy also supervises Faber’s contract support team for large international clinical trials.

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Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited)

Associate General Counsel, Discovery and Development Group

  • Manager of the Discovery and Development Group within the legal department
  • Member of the committee responsible for managing Millennium’s product pipeline
  • Business team member for the company’s marketed products
  • Lead in-house attorney for the development and commercialization alliance for Millennium’s first oncology drug

Counsel to Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Division in North America and South Africa

Sidley Austin LLP

Business Transactions Group

  • Focused on secured financing, M&A transactions, and initial public offerings

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  • Alnylam’s research and development collaboration with Vir to develop RNAi therapeutics for COVID-19 and other coronaviruses
  • Alnylam’s disease education and promotion agreement with Ironwood for Alnylam’s givosiran
  • Alnylam’s research and development collaboration with Regeneron for new treatments of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other liver diseases
  • Alnylam’s research and development collaboration with Vir Biotechnology to develop RNAi therapeutics for chronic hepatitis B virus and other infectious diseases
  • ImmunoGen’s sale and license to Debiopharm of its Phase 2 anti-CD37 non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) product program
  • AB Biosciences’ exclusive license to Shire of its recombinant immunoglobulin product
  • EpimAb’s research and development collaboration with Kymab for bispecific therapeutic antibodies
  • Biogen’s research collaboration with Arsia Therapeutics to develop subcutaneous formulations of Biogen’s hemophilia products
  • Alnylam’s expansion of its strategic alliance and broad crosslicensing arrangement with Isis Pharmaceuticals (now Ionis Pharmaceuticals)
  • Biogen’s drug discovery collaboration with Array BioPharma for kinase inhibitors for inflammatory disease
  • Atara Biotherapeutics’ exclusive license of clinical-stage T-cell therapy technology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Biogen’s in-license and transfer of an antibody discovery technology platform from Adimab
  • Alnylam’s license and collaboration agreement with The Medicines Company for siRNA molecules targeting PCSK9
  • Biogen’s drug discovery collaboration with Amicus in Parkinson’s
  • Alnylam’s exclusive global alliance with the The Medicines Company for the development and commercialization of Alnylam’s ALN-PCS RNAi therapeutic program for hypercholesterolemia
  • Alnylam’s strategic collaboration with Ascletis to develop an RNAi therapeutic for liver cancer in China
  • Phenex’s research collaboration and license agreement with Janssen for autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disorders
  • Alnylam’s strategic alliance with Monsanto in the field of agriculture
  • Arsanis’ discovery collaboration agreement with Adimab
  • Alnylam’s exclusive alliance with Kyowa Hakko Kogyo to develop and commercialize ALN-RSV01, a clinical stage RNAi therapeutic for the treatment of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, in Japan and other major markets in Asia
  • Alnylam’s strategic delivery technology collaborations with Inex, Protiva and Tekmira (now collectively, Arbutus)

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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.

Bar Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • ‍Yale Law School, J.D.
  • ‍Yale University, B.A., summa cum laude