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Valerie Bonham Appointed to National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Life Sciences

Practices: Life Sciences, Health Care, Digital Health, FDA Regulatory, Litigation

The National Academy of Sciences has appointed Valerie Bonham to its prestigious Board on Life Sciences. Valerie, counsel in our health care and life sciences practice, will be the only attorney on the board, which is comprised of leaders from corporations, institutions, government agencies, foundations and universities.

Valerie is a leader in legal and bioethics issues affecting research organizations, universities and others seeking to advance discovery and cures. She joined Ropes & Gray in 2019 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health and as a senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the HHS.

Clients have come to depend on Valerie’s deep understanding of legal, ethical, social and public policy questions that touch a broad range of research and medical issues.

“The prominent nature of this board position speaks to the unique and deep knowledge Valerie brings to our clients and the broader scientific community,” said health care partner Mark Barnes. “Her intellectual curiosity and exceptional understanding of the legal, ethical and practical issues our clients face makes her an asset to the broad range of scientific institutions, companies and investors she serves.”

“Participation in the board enables me to engage with great minds on some of the most important and complex issues we face as a society and as advocates for progress in science and research,” Valerie said. “I am honored and humbled to participate.”

The Board on Life Sciences serves as the National Academy of Sciences’ focal point for a wide range of technical and policy topics in the life sciences, including bioterrorism, genomics, biodiversity conservation, and key topics in basic biomedical research. It provides advice to government and the scientific community and often has major impact on science and policy. The Board also oversees important studies on the improvement of biology education, particularly at the undergraduate level, and the maintenance of a robust life sciences workforce.

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