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IPPC Secretariat

Meet the Secretariat

Debbie ArmstrongDebbie Armstrong is a project coordinator in Drinker Biddle’s Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group (Life Sciences Consortia team) and Privacy & Data Security practice groups. Debbie has been with the firm for over 15 years and assists in the management of several life sciences consortia. She is an experienced meeting and event planner. Debbie handles the scheduling of meetings and calls of several of the IPPC working groups.

Peter BlenkinsopPeter Blenkinsop is a partner in Drinker Biddle’s Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group (Life Sciences Consortia team) and Privacy & Data Security practice groups. His practice focuses on data privacy and security. Peter advises companies on compliance issues raised by US federal and state privacy laws, such as HIPAA, the HITECH Act, COPPA, the CAN-SPAM Act, the TCPA, and the Junk Fax Prevention Act. In this role, he assists clients in identifying privacy risks and developing information management strategies. He also advises companies on international data transfer issues under the EU Data Protection Directive and other foreign privacy laws. Peter represents clients in the life sciences, nutrition, and technology sectors, among others, and he helps manage the International Pharmaceutical Privacy Consortium and Medical Device Privacy Consortium. Peter received his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A., cum laude, from Yale University.

Mary CapizziMary Capizzi is a partner in Drinker Biddle’s Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group (Life Sciences Consortia team) and Privacy & Data Security practice groups. Mary counsels a broad range of domestic and international clients on corporate compliance, with an emphasis on regulatory, legislative and policy issues affecting the life sciences industry. She has served as a managing partner of the firm and was the firm's first chair of its Professional Development Committee. Mary's practice includes serving as secretariat and legal counsel for several industry consortia addressing a range of matters affecting the life sciences industry in the U.S., the EU, and other countries around the world. She consults with clients on issues impacting research, manufacturing, and commercial operations, including scientific, legal, regulatory and policy issues relating to product development, quality control and assurance, supply chain security, and data privacy and security challenges. Mary particularly enjoys facilitating industry-wide initiatives focused on addressing and resolving complex regulatory issues. Mary is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and the University of Dallas Constantin College of Liberal Arts and Graduate School of Management.

Dede GodstreyDede Godstrey is a project coordinator in Drinker Biddle’s Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group (Life Sciences Consortia team) and Privacy & Data Security practice groups. Dede is responsible for scheduling of meetings and calls of several IPPC groups. Her skills range from event planning to conducting research, to developing newletters and other communications. Dede has been with the firm for over 10 years.

Maureen HardwickMaureen Hardwick is a partner in Drinker Biddle’s Government and Regulatory Affairs (Life Sciences Consortia team) and Privacy & Data Security practice groups. Maureen concentrates on the formation and management of focused industry consortia that address common scientific, regulatory and policy goals of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. Maureen’s practice includes serving as secretariat and legal counsel for several pharmaceutical consortia addressing a range of compliance matters affecting the pharmaceutical and health care industry in the U.S., the EU and other countries around the world. Maureen is a 1994 graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where she served as managing editor of theWashington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont.

Drinker Biddle & Reath's multidisciplinary consortia management team has over 25 years of experience in the formation of focused industry consortia that address common scientific, regulatory, legislative or policy goals of clients. Given the highly regulated nature of U.S., European and international pharmaceutical markets, it is often critical for companies to respond jointly to governmental proposals or emergent regulatory regimes that affect the core interests of the industry. Through the management of industry consortia, Drinker Biddle facilitates a consensus-building process and assists companies in efficiently devising and executing their common initiatives in the United States, the European Union and elsewhere.

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