SVP Corporate Affairs & Patient Advocacy
Jodie Gillon is currently the SVP of Corporate Affairs & Patient Advocacy, responsible for relationships with external stakeholders and communications. Jodie has built and leads platform functions such as Patient Advocacy, Stakeholder Engagement, Medical Education, Grants & Sponsorships, Medical, External & Internal Communications, Congress & Event Management, Compassionate Use and Medical Information. Most recently Jodie served as the Chief Patient Officer and Head of Corporate and Medical Affairs at Abeona Therapeutics, a cell and gene therapy company.
Jodie started her career in advocacy, hospitals and government and transitioned to industry over two decades ago holding various roles across Development, Medical & Corporate Affairs. Prior to joining Abeona, Jodie cumulatively spent over a decade with Pfizer as the Global Medical Lead, Patient Engagement, for the Rare Diseases Business Unit and the Director, Medical Communications, within the Chief Medical Office. She served as a core member on all Medical, Commercial, Launch, Global and Regional Leadership Teams ensuring the patient voice drove strategy and facilitated collaborations with Patient Groups.
Prior to Pfizer, Jodie was the Head of Patient Advocacy and Professional Affairs with Achillion Pharmaceuticals where she led Policy, Alliances, Patient Engagement, Contributions/Grants, Compassionate Use, Medical Information, Medical Communications, Field Medical, and External Affairs. Previously she served as the Head of the Chief Medical Office (CMO) of AstraZeneca where she managed patient engagement, compassionate use, trial and payment transparency, meetings and events, an HCP engagement center, companywide policy, external contributions, alliances, and crisis management.
Jodie held additional roles as the Global Communications lead at Novartis, Director of Medical Education for Oridion Medical and as a Health Economist with the Israeli Center for Disease Control and Ministry of Health. She holds a Master’s of Public Health with a dual degree in Health Economics and Epidemiology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a BSFS from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She serves on several industrywide Boards & Committees, has published and spoken externally across a wide variety of topics and mentors students and female professionals across our industry.