Bio Innovation Conference | Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D.
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Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D.

Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice President, External Innovation, Global Leader for Regulatory Science, and Executive Director of Scientific Partnerships, JLABS @ Washington, DC

Michelle McMurry-Heath is a physician and a scientist focused on bridging the gap between science and policy between medical solutions and patients. After studying biochemistry at Harvard University, Dr. McMurry-Heath became the first African-American to receive both M.D. and PhD degrees from Duke University. As a clinician trained in pediatrics and the daughter of two California Bay Area public health advocates, Dr. McMurry-Heath was inspired to commit her life’s work to increasing the availability and accessibility of innovations in health.

After nearly 5 years leading the large global Medical Device Regulatory Affairs Team, including the last 2 years in which she also led global preclinical, clinical, medical affairs, and strategic operations teams, this laser focus on innovation brought Dr. McMurry-Heath to the cross- pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer sector Global External Innovation team of Johnson & Johnson as Vice President, External Innovation, Global Leader for Regulatory Science, and Executive Director of Scientific Partnerships for JLABS @ Washington, DC.

Prior to joining J&J Dr. McMurry-Heath held many positions in the health and policy sectors, most recently she was the Associate Director for Science of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where she led the FDA team tasked with defining a new role for patients in the regulation of medical devices and diagnostics. Throughout her career, Dr. McMurry-Heath has held a strong belief that through creating strong bonds between public and private sector organizations, we can work together to achieve what in the best interest in public health. Having been “the first” in several of her roles, Dr. McMurry-Heath looks to affirm other’s beliefs that they too can not only improve access to health care for themselves and their communities, but also achieve their personal goals broader than the sphere of health.