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Name and Educational Degree(s) Johnson, Louise, MS
Business Name Biologics Consulting Group

M.S. Applied Statistics, Villanova University, emphasis in biostatistics and experimental design

B.A. Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, emphasis in physiological psychology, neurology, and pharmacology

Business Address 301 S. Grant St.
San Mateo, CA 94401
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  • Creation, implementation, and review of regulatory strategies to support business goals.    
  • Smooth negotiation of regulatory approvals and effective interpretation of regulatory agency requests.                                                                                                                                
  • Broad experience in regulatory filings including original INDs, IND maintenance, original NDA, and MAA filings, marketed product support (advertising and promotion, labeling, supplements, pharmacovigilance), regulatory agency meetings (Pre-IND, End of Phase 2, negotiation of marketing approval, responses to agency questions), and presentations to an FDA Advisory Committee.                                                                                                       
  • Establishment and implementation of Regulatory Affairs’ goals, procedures, and policies.
  • Assurance of compliance with regulatory requirements for submissions.                         

Twenty-one years experience in pharmaceuticals and biotech regulatory affairs includes extensive liaison with FDA, regulatory submissions and negotiations, regulatory strategies, promotional material review, product lifecycle management, quality assurance, due diligence, liaison with regulatory attorneys and corporate partners.

  • Senior Consultant, Biologics Consulting Group  2007 - present

As a Regulatory Affairs consultant, provide expert assistance in product development and marketing for small molecules and biologics.  Consulting work includes biologic INDs, a drug NDA, and clinical trials in India.

  • Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Renovis, Inc.    2004 – 2007

Provided regulatory and development assessment to business development and executive management to evaluate opportunities for in-licensing, acquisition, and merger.  Led and conducted regulatory and development review in due diligence.  Assessed regulatory strategy of each opportunity, assessed likelihood of success, and identified alternate approaches.  Identified development and approval risks for investigational products.  Defined and evaluated competitive landscape for business development opportunities and internal research programs.  Directed Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance staff of three to support four investigational products.  Primary regulatory contact to CDER for all projects.  Responsible for defining regulatory strategy for all products in development.  Represented Regulatory Affairs on development teams and presented to corporate management and board of directors.  Established and maintained regulatory and QA policies.  Responsible for project management of one investigational product.  Ensured corporate goals and timelines were met for all regulatory submissions.

  • Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs    Pain Therapeutics      2002 – 2004      

Directed Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance staff of four to support seven INDs.  Primary regulatory contact to CDER and international regulatory agencies (UK MHRA, Israeli MOH) as well as corporate partners.  Responsible for defining regulatory strategy for all products in international development.  Represented Regulatory Affairs on development teams and to corporate management.  Established and maintained regulatory and QA policies to support Phase 3 development.  Accomplishments included successful pre-IND and End of Phase 2 meetings, initiation of three Phase 3 studies, rapid identification of an Israeli contact person to identify process for clinical study approval, successful export of Schedule II clinical supplies by obtaining a DEA export permit within one week, organization of controlled document files, initiation of the company’s first QA clinical audits, and restructuring of SOPs to support a broader range of company activities.

  • Director, Regulatory Affairs, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly Athena Neurosciences, Inc.)  1995 –  2002

Responsible for defining regulatory strategy for biologic and drug products in international development and commercialization.  Represented Regulatory Affairs on development and commercialization teams.  Primary regulatory contact to FDA (CBER, CDER, and DDMAC) and TPD as well as international corporate partners (in Canada, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, UK, and US).  Supervised staff of six to support five marketed products, five US INDs for drug products, one US IND for a therapeutic vaccine, and five Canadian INDs.  Represented Regulatory Affairs on the clearance committee to review and approve promotional materials.  Established regulatory standards for promotional material, communicated them to marketing colleagues, and ensured compliance.  Provided regulatory intelligence to colleagues and trained regulatory staff on regulatory intelligence activities.  Participated in due diligence of two products that were successfully in-licensed (Mysoline and Frova).  Collaborated with European colleagues on international product development, regulatory strategy, and regulatory submissions.  Accomplishments included filing INDs in the US and Canada for a therapeutic monoclonal antibody (Tysabri) and a US IND for a therapeutic vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease (AN-1792).  Negotiated approval of an NDA and an NDS for an orphan drug product (Diastat) and negotiated NDA approval of an anti-epilepsy drug (Zonegran).

  • Manager, Regulatory Affairs    Cygnus, Inc.   1994 – 1995

Responsible for all regulatory activity for five investigational transdermal products.  Coordinated all planning for an NDA.  Supported an on-site manufacturing facility by providing detailed review and approval of SOPs, analytical specifications, stability protocols, and master records.  Supervised a staff of two.  Collaborated with Analytical colleagues to define and implement a comprehensive format for stability reports.  Monitored Federal Register and FDA guidances, evaluated their impact on the company, and communicated assessment to colleagues.  Represented Regulatory Affairs in re-engineering the drug development process.

  • Manager, Regulatory Affairs, The Du Pont Merck Pharmaceutical Co.  1991 - 1994              

Responsible for all US regulatory activity for two experimental anti-cancer drugs, including all FDA negotiations.  Coordinated all planning for the preparation and submission of marketing applications in Europe, Canada, and the US.  Monitored Federal Register and FDA guidances, evaluated their impact on the company, and communicated assessment to colleagues.  Worked at Merck Research Labs to help file a worldwide marketing application for a new antihypertensive (Cozaar/Hyzaar).  Actively participated in standardizing documents, streamlining document creation, and developing new electronic submission processes.  Filed numerous INDs, IND amendments, and NDA supplements.  Reviewed CMC submissions, annual reports (IND and NDA), periodic and expedited adverse experience reports, clinical study protocols and documentation, labeling, and advertising.  Coordinated labeling changes.  Monitored Federal Register and communicated relevant notices to colleagues.

  • Pharmacologist, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc.   1978 -1989

Performed discovery research in the Pharmaceuticals Division, specializing in CNS diseases including epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.  Responsibilities grew from performing experiments to independently running a lab with eight technicians, including direct supervision and staff development.

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