Donna L. LaVoie

Donna LaVoie

President & CEO

 

Summary

Donna is a proven strategic communications leader in biotechnology, healthcare, medical device and pharmaceutical fields. She is a trusted advisor on strategic communications issues.  Started in 2001, LaVoieHealthScience (LHS) 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 almost 20 years, Donna’s efforts combine building LaVoieHealthScience’s life science practices, strategic direction, core competencies, and team development. 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 more than 35 awards for its client work. In 2018,, LHS was inducted into the INC.5000 Hall of Fame – Fastest Growing Private Companies.

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 (Sanofi)

Sample Client Representation (past and present)
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals
Alphatec Spine
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Chelsea Therapeutics (Lundbeck)
Cydan Development Corporation
Emmaus Life Sciences
Haemonetics Corp.
Hydra Biosciences
Invida Holdings
Iota Biosciences
LEO Science & Tech Hub
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Nanobiotix
NewLink Genetics
Newron Pharmaceuticals SpA
Novadaq Technologies
Oticon, Inc.
Pfizer
Radius Health
SIRION Biotech GmBH
Torreya Partners
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
XenoTherapeutics
Xontogeny, LLC

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

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

Board of Advisors, Life Science Cares

BIO 2018 Host Committee, Communications

Senior Roundtable at the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)

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

PR Agency Council

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business 2018

Phone: 617-374-8800 x107