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Alexander J. Varond
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J.D., George Washington University Law School
B.S., Biomedical Engineering and Management Science (double major), University of California, San Diego

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District of Columbia

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Alexander J. Varond works on medical device and drug development, advertising and promotion, and enforcement issues. He counsels clients on development matters such as clinical trial design, REMS, orphan drug designation, formal dispute resolution, and patent and exclusivity issues. Mr. Varond also supports ongoing litigation efforts and performs due diligence for corporate transactions.

Mr. Varond's professional experience includes roles as project engineer, operations manager, and deputy management representative to FDA in the medical device industry. He also served as a law clerk at the U.S. International Trade Commission's Office of Unfair Import Investigations, and as an Intellectual Property Law Clerk at NuVasive, Inc.

In law school, Mr. Varond was the national runner-up, placing second in the nation, in the 2010-2011 National Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition. He was also named Best Overall Competitor and won the award for Best Brief for his efforts in The George Washington Law School's intellectual property moot court competition in 2011. Mr. Varond co-taught legal writing and research as a Dean's Fellow and Writing Fellow, and was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board.

Related Experience
Prescription Drugs and Biologics
• Advises on matters involving product development, regulatory compliance, and submission strategies.
• Drafts and aids in requests for formal dispute resolution with FDA.
• Counsels clients on Hatch-Waxman patent and exclusivity matters.
• Assists companies with development of REMS, including shared REMS.
• Drafts citizen petitions requesting specific FDA actions.
• Counsels on compliance with cGMP and other manufacturing requirements.

Medical Devices
• Provides guidance on compliance, including labeling, advertising and promotion, QSR, MDR, establishment registration, product listing, and device modifications.
• Drafts and reviews 510(k)s, PMAs, de novo petitions, and related submissions.

Due Diligence
• Conducts due diligence for SEC filings and corporate transactions.

• Provides regulatory assistance related to investigations of criminal, civil and administrative charges, such as charges under the False Claims Act.
• Assists pharmaceutical and device companies with regulatory compliance, FDA inspections, and warning letters.

Articles / Publications   
•  Commercialisation of Healthcare Global Guide,  January 19, 2016

•  Bringing Your Pharmaceutical Drug to Market,  April 1, 2015

•  Thomson Reuters Book: Commercialisation of Health Care,  November 4, 2013

•  Trends in Personalized Medicine,  October 2013

Speaking Engagements    -    see more speaking engagements
•  DIA 2017 Conference, Optimizing Early Clinical Strategies to Support Breakthrough Therapy Designation, June 18-22, 2017
•  DIA 2017 Conference, Minding the Gaps: Using Totality of Evidence to Support Regulatory Approval, June 18-22, 2017
•  FDAnews Webinar, Decoding FDA’s Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) Program and Revised Guidance, October 26, 2016
•  DIA Rare Disease Webinar Series, Evidentiary Standards for Rare Disease: How Much Data is Enough, July 14, 2016
•  DIA 2016 Annual Meeting, Life After Amarin and Pacira: Understanding Off-Label Promotion, June 28, 2016

Blog Posts    -    see more blog entries
•  Meet the Regenerative Advanced Therapy Designation,  January 29, 2017
•  Pediatric Priority Review Vouchers Saved in the Eleventh Hour,  October 4, 2016
•  Senate Votes to Extend Pediatric Voucher Program and Expand Eligibility,  September 26, 2016
•  The Pediatric Voucher Program and Its Impending Renewal Deadline,  September 22, 2016
•  FDA Revises Guidance on Special Protocol Assessments, Attempts to Reduce Uncertainty,  May 9, 2016