June 08, 2011

Baker & Daniels' Suzanne O'Shea Selected to Who's Who in Life Sciences

Suzanne O'Shea of Baker & Daniels entered a law practice in health care and life sciences initiatives by chance more than 25 years ago, but today, she is among the Who's Who in Life Sciences by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

As newlyweds, O'Shea and her husband moved to Washington, D.C., where "I threw in my application at the old Civil Service department, asking to be assigned anywhere. I ended up at the FDA, and it stuck," she said in her recent profile by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Even though her background is in English literature, O'Shea is fascinated by life sciences and all the things being discovered in the field, the story reported.

In a monthly feature this year, the Indianapolis Business Journal is identifying influential players — whether they are in the public eye or wield their influence behind the scenes — in eight different business sectors. Formidable brainpower sums up the individuals included in the list of Who's Who in Life Sciences, the IBJ reported.

While other lists have been confined to the Greater Indianapolis area, the life sciences list stretches well beyond, recognizing the regional nature of the field. In the predominately peer-nominated and peer-reviewed process, the publication opened the field to doctors, researchers, attorneys, entrepreneurs and more.

Now a partner at Baker & Daniels, O'Shea spent 21 years as regulatory counsel for the Food and Drug Administration and was most recently product classification officer in the Office of Combination Products, where she was responsible for classifying each product as a drug, device, biologic, human tissue or combination product, a designation for those products whose classification was unclear or in dispute.

When her first child was born, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported, O'Shea jumped off the career track for seven years, then returned to the FDA. The FDA conferred a number of awards upon O'Shea, including Commendable Service in 1996, Award of Merit in 2002, Outstanding Service Award in 2005 and O'Shea's most treasured Equal Opportunity Achievement Award in 2007 for facilitating an undergraduate seminar on race at the University of Maryland.

In 2007, O'Shea moved to Indianapolis, telling the Indianapolis Business Journal that, "I was delighted to learn about the thriving life sciences community in Indianapolis." At Baker & Daniels, O'Shea practices with the FDA group, providing experience in developing regulatory strategies that can enable innovative, cutting-edge technologies to navigate their way through the FDA.

Raised in Connecticut, O'Shea earned her undergraduate and law degrees at Indiana University and her LLM, an advanced law degree, in administrative law from the National Law Center at George Washington University, according to her profile in the Indianapolis Business Journal.


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