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Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs, Americas
Joe Devaney currently serves as Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for Astellas Pharma, a U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. In that role Devaney leads the Government Affairs and Policy team including state and federal lobbyists, government communications and regional international affairs, and policy management and development. He is responsible for developing, communicating and implementing Astellas’ federal and state government strategies, engagement activities and policy development across all functional areas.
Devaney joined Astellas after 20 years at Sanofi and its predecessor companies, where he held roles of increasing responsibility in public policy and market access, including the role of vice president of federal and state relations. Prior to Sanofi, he was director, state government affairs for Sandoz, which merged with Ciba to form Novartis in 1996. Joe also supported the New Jersey State Legislature for eight years, including as research director and chief of staff in the New Jersey General Assembly.
He has deep experience in public policy that furthers Astellas’ engagement and policy development activities to increase federal and state policymakers’ awareness of Astellas’ work, and positions the organization as a premier voice on healthcare policy to elected officials, regulators and related stakeholders.
He received his bachelor of science degree in history and politics from Drexel University in Philadelphia and holds a master’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.