Clinical Research Pathways Leadership
Executive Director Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D.
Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D., is a global leader in human research protections. Most recently, she was founding president and CEO of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), retiring in 2013. Dr. Speers views the opportunity to lead this public charity—and continue to advance high-quality, ethical research—as the natural progression in an exemplary career of public service. Before establishing AAHRPP in 2001, she served as acting executive director of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she oversaw research protections for all domestic and international research. Dr. Speers is a graduate of Dickinson College, where she serves on the Board of Trustees and established a scholarship that has benefited numerous international students. She also holds doctoral degrees in psychology and epidemiology from Yale University.
Board of Directors
Keith J. Barnett, J.D.
Keith J. Barnett, J.D., is a partner in the national law firm of Troutman Sanders, where he specializes in litigation, internal and regulatory investigations, and enforcement. He has more than 15 years of experience representing clients in the financial services and professional liability industries in their dealings with federal, state, and industry regulators.
Although his practice is focused primarily on matters involving enforcement actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Mr. Barnett also represents clients before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the non-governmental Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In addition, Mr. Barnett represents private litigants in federal and state courts and before arbitration and administrative law panels in the financial services industry. He also defends clients against alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
An expert on the CFPB, Mr. Barnett co-authored A Practice Guide to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Regulation. He is a frequent presenter and panelist on the latest CFPB developments and has written and lectured on the TCPA.
Mr. Barnett is a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s Project Success program and the class of 2018 of Leadership Atlanta. He also is a past fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, he earned a Juris Doctor from Duke University.
Anne B. Cropp, Pharm.D., BCAP
Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Early Access Care
Dr. Anne B. Cropp is founder and chief scientific officer of Early Access Care, a healthcare firm that helps biopharmaceutical companies develop and implement programs for expanded access/compassionate use of investigational drugs. A globally recognized expert in early access/expanded access/compassionate use, Dr. Cropp collaborates with biopharmaceutical companies, global health authorities, and academic thought leaders on issues pertaining to adult and pediatric expanded access programs. She has presented at and chaired several international scientific symposia on early access and managed access.
Dr. Cropp has 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical drug development, in a career distinguished by global leadership and achievements in innovation. Prior to founding Early Access Care, she was vice president in the Global Product Development Group of Pfizer, Inc., where she also served as chair of the Pfizer Pediatric Council.
She has been responsible for the strategic planning, development, and execution of investigational drugs across a broad spectrum of diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, heart failure, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Dr. Cropp also has extensive expertise in drug development for pediatric and adult patients.
A pharmacist and board-certified clinical pharmacologist, Dr. Cropp earned a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University. For her work on naloxone as a treatment for ischemic stroke, Dr. Cropp received the Roche Young Investigator Award. She completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacology at the Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, New York, and was an adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, Dr. Cropp was a National Institutes of Health Fogarty Fellow at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Her decision to found Early Access Care is rooted in her experience as a longstanding member of the scientific research community and her desire to help patients and advance their care.
David Farber, J.D.
Partner, FDA/Life Science Practice
King & Spalding
David Farber, J.D., brings together the best of King & Spalding’s knowledge, combining his experience in both litigation and public policy to solve client needs. Having been trained as a litigator, Mr. Farber maintains a strong, complex multiparty litigation practice, including serving as first chair in healthcare litigation, False Claims Act cases, and other commercial disputes. Mr. Farber also maintains a strong government advocacy practice before both the Congress and federal agencies, and has drafted and had passed legislation, as well as influenced and changed agency policies, principally in the healthcare and insurance fields.
In his litigation practice, Mr. Farber began his career working on environmental and health and safety cases, including complex insurance coverage and trade secret matters. He has tried over 20 cases, ranging from expedited administrative law judge trials to a recent five-day broker malpractice case. He has also litigated False Claims Act and Trade Secret litigations. Mr. Farber has recently been involved in several international disputes, including international arbitrations and related litigation.
On the advocacy side, Mr. Farber’s work focuses on the healthcare and insurance industries. Clients often turn to him as the primary strategist and policy architect for a broad range of matters. Working with the Congress, the Executive (with particular focus on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Food and Drug Administration) and academia, he has successfully guided clients through the legislative enactment and the regulatory promulgation processes. He drafted, and had enacted, the SMART Act of 2012, which was the first major reform of the Medicare Secondary Payer system in over 30 years. Mr. Farber excels at combining innovative legislative advocacy, regulatory change, and litigation to help clients achieve solutions. His clients often comment on the unexpected and quick manner in which Mr. Farber is able to resolve disputes and obtain outcomes, using a combination of skills usually found across multiple specialists.
Finally, Mr. Farber has worked on a broad range of other client needs, ranging from representation of an international agricultural biotech foundation that has received the largest Gates grant given to an African entity, to his service as personal counsel to Secretary Jack Kemp from 1992 through his passing in 2009.
Rev. Dr. Jason E. Owen, S.T.D., Chair
Founder, Chief Apostle, and International Presiding Bishop
Biblical Deliverance Ministries, Inc.
Rev. Dr. Jason E. Owen has championed health equity and diversity throughout his career. A community activist and spiritual leader, he has worked tirelessly to improve access to healthcare and quality of life for Georgia’s underserved.
Currently, Rev. Dr. Owen is chief apostle and international presiding bishop of Biblical Deliverance Ministries, which he founded in Snellville, Georgia, in 1998. He is the spiritual care and bereavement care coordinator of Dynamic Hospice in Decatur, Georgia; a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta; and on the health committee of the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta.
In addition, Rev. Dr. Owen serves as dean of the Gathering of the Eagles College of Apostles and Bishops Congress International and co-presider of Broken Vessel Alliance International Fellowship of Ministries and Churches, both in Powder Springs, Georgia.
Previously, Rev. Dr. Owen served as a co-facilitator for the Atlanta chapter of the “Healthy Brain Initiative State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia,” a joint effort of the Alzheimer’s Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also was a community liaison for the VITAS Access Initiative of VITAS Healthcare in Atlanta and chair of the executive board of Caregivers’ Hope, also in Atlanta.
A native of Guyana, Rev. Dr. Owen holds master’s degrees in religious education and theology, and a Sacred Theological Doctorate, all from United Christian College in Queens, New York.
Joanne Waldstreicher, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Johnson & Johnson
Dr. Joanne Waldstreicher is chief medical officer, Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Dr. Waldstreicher has oversight across pharmaceuticals, devices, and consumer products for safety, epidemiology, clinical and regulatory operations, internal and external partnerships and collaborations supporting development of the ethical science, technology, and R&D policies, including those related to clinical trial transparency and compassionate access.
Dr. Waldstreicher also chairs the Pharmaceuticals (Janssen) R&D Development Committee and supports the Device and Consumer Development Committees, which review late-stage development programs in the pipeline. Dr. Waldstreicher also holds an appointment as a faculty affiliate of the Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine. Among her prior roles in Janssen, the pharmaceutical sector of Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Waldstreicher was responsible for late-stage development spanning the areas of neuroscience, cardiovascular, and metabolism including Invokana®, Xarelto®, Invega Sustenna®, and Invega Trinza®.
Before joining Johnson & Johnson in 2002, Dr. Waldstreicher was head of the endocrinology and metabolism clinical research group at Merck Research Laboratories, and responsible for overseeing clinical development of Mevacor®, Zocor®, Proscar®, and Propecia®, and for clinical development programs in atherosclerosis, obesity, diabetes, urology, and dermatology. During that time, she received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Merck Research Laboratory Key Innovator Award.
Dr. Waldstreicher received both the Jonas Salk and Belle Zeller scholarships from the City University of New York and graduated summa cum laude from Brooklyn College. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1987, and completed her internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital and her endocrinology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has won numerous awards and scholarships, and has authored numerous papers and abstracts.
Derek West, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor of Radiology
Dr. Derek West is an associate professor of radiology and practicing interventional radiologist at Emory University in Atlanta. In addition, he serves as site director for the Interventional Radiology Section of Grady Memorial Hospital, a member of the Emory Healthcare Network.
Dr. West specializes in the treatment of pancreatic adenocarcinoma and colorectal, kidney, lung, and liver cancers. His research focuses on using nanoparticles to deliver cancer treatments and electroporation to treat pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Dr. West also conducts research on medical diversity and inclusion. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and made numerous presentations on his research interests.
A native of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Dr. West earned a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a medical degree from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. He completed a residency in diagnostic radiology in 2003 and a fellowship in interventional radiology in 2004, both at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago.
In 2011 Dr. West returned to Northwestern to complete a second fellowship, in cancer nanotechnology. While there, he earned a master’s degree in clinical investigation.
A co-founder of the Association of Minority Interventional Radiologists, Dr. West is involved locally, regionally, and nationally in the Society of Interventional Radiology, American College of Radiology, and National Medical Association. He has mentored more than 20 medical students and residents.