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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Meet Izzie, Biocom California’s New Regulatory Policy Associate

  • 2021-01-11T17:02:00.000+0000
  • Author: Isabel Omer

We are excited to announce the newest member of Biocom California’s Public Policy team, Isabel Omer. Isabel is our new Regulatory Policy Associate, based in our Washington, DC office. In her role, she will support all our regulatory activities at the federal level, including responding to rule-making documents, furthering our relationships with regulatory agencies, and keeping our members informed of new regulatory policies. Isabel joins Biocom California after several years working for Medtronic and the USA Healthcare Alliance. Her experience with regulatory affairs and trade association work will be great assets for Biocom California.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m originally from Boston, but I moved to DC for college and loved it so much that I stayed. I started studying international relations and then became interested in public health, which landed me in a medical device company during and after college. When I graduated, I started in regulatory affairs and I love how tangible and result-oriented the work is. In my free time I love hiking and trying new workout classes. I also love to read and I’m always looking for recommendations!

2. How did you become interested in Biocom?
I did some work with trade associations in the past and they’re definitely my favorite type of organization to work for because of the variety of people you meet and work you do. I wanted to explore more of the life science space and I liked that Biocom’s member companies are so diverse.

3. What is your biggest achievement to date?
I wrote and supported the signing of a strategic partnership between an organization I worked for and the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA). It was an exciting opportunity to collaborate with a government entity and further the organization’s reach.

4. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
Definitely Sara Blakely. She’s the CEO of Spanx and she started the business from scratch in her apartment. It’s a really inspiring story. She’s also supportive of female-owned businesses and a great person to follow on LinkedIn!

5. What challenge are you most looking forward to tackling in your new position?
I’ve worked mostly on medical devices in the past, so I’m looking forward to working with a broader scope of organizations, including biotech companies, research institutes, and academic organizations.