Washington, D.C. (September 16, 2011) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today that Joseph Damond is joining the organization as Senior Vice President, International Affairs. Damond brings extensive experience in international affairs, trade and economics, most recently serving as Vice President, International Government Relations at Pfizer, Inc. Previously, Damond served as Deputy Vice President, International Affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and as the Deputy Assistant for the Asia-Pacific region in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Joe Damond to our team,” said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO. “As we continue to grow our global advocacy and industry growth efforts, Joe’s considerable expertise will help us and our member companies maintain strong relations with our international counterparts, advocate for public policies conducive to the global growth of our industry and help secure opportunities for investment, partnerships and the development of new markets.”
Damond will spearhead BIO’s international trade policy and help lead the organization’s advocacy efforts for global market access, intellectual property and regulatory issues. Over the past few years, BIO has significantly expanded its international portfolio, launching partnering meetings in China and India and increasing its advocacy efforts on global policy issues critical to the industry.
“I am eager to join BIO to help drive the global growth of biotechnology,” said Damond. “Biotechnology provides the most promising opportunities to create high-wage jobs, and fuel innovation in health care, renewable energy, and green technologies. I look forward to working with our members and international colleagues to harness this power to cure disease, feed the hungry, and clean our environment.”
For more information regarding BIO’s international efforts, as well as a full list of international events please visit www.bio.org.