Donna L. LaVoie

President & CEO

 

Summary

Donna is a proven strategic communications executive in biotechnology, healthcare, medical device and pharmaceutical fields. She is a trusted advisor on strategic communications issues.  Started in 2001, LaVoieHealthScience is a strategic public relations agency providing corporate communications, public relations and investor relations to some of the world’s innovative companies in the sector.  For the last fifteen years, Donna’s efforts combine building LaVoieHealthScience’s pharmaceutical and life science practices, strategic direction and core competencies. LaVoieHealthScience is an acknowledged leader in health science strategic communications and recognized as a top 30 independent healthcare agencies in the US. The agency has received 28 awards in the past 7 years for its client work.

Donna’s focus is in helping clients build their companies and brands during transformational times. Her approach centers on bringing a credible voice to key audiences while providing strategic counsel that builds value and stakeholder engagement.

Client representation consists of growth businesses in health and science in the US, Europe and Asia covering complex communications issues.  She also serves as a connector of clients to industry, banking, investor and media contacts.

Previous Experience
Novell Inc. (Cambridge Technology Partners)
Vice President of Investor Relations

Senior communications and investor relations roles at several life sciences companies including Ergo Science Corporation, Alkermes, Inc. and Genzyme Corporation

Sample Client Representation (past and present)
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Chelsea Therapeutics, Inc. (now Lundbeck)
Cydan Development Corporation
DARA Biosciences, Inc.
Hydra Biosciences, Inc.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc.
NewLink Genetics Corporation
Newron Pharmaceuticals SpA
Novadaq Technologies, Inc.
Oticon Inc.
Pfizer
SIRION Biotech GmBH
Strongbridge Biopharma (formerly Cortendo AB)

Skills
Agency direction, leadership and team development
Best practice development
Senior counsel on programming and issues management

Education
Bachelor of Science in Business Management
Lesley College
Special Award for thesis: Communications Across Various Disciplines in the Life Sciences Industry
Strategic Marketing Program
The Wharton School

Interests
Yoga, running, decorating, shopping and spending time with friends and family

Organizations
Senior Roundtable at the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)

Former Co-Chair of MassBio’s communication and marketing committee

AdvaMed Planning Committee

Phone: 617-374-8800 x107