Former CHPA, FDA, HHS Executive to Join 3D Communications

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Virginia Cox to Broaden 3D’s Healthcare and FDA Regulatory Communications Expertise

3D Communications today announced that Virginia Cox will join its expanding team of communication, healthcare and FDA experts effective February 1, 2010. She will be based in Washington, D.C.

Cox has a long history working in both the private and public sectors. She served as a senior aide to Commissioner Jane Henney at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as director of outreach and strategic initiatives, and as special assistant to Secretary Donna Shalala at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She also worked in the White House as an aide to Vice President Al Gore.

Cox previously served as senior vice president for communications and strategic initiatives at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the trade group representing over-the-counter medicine (OTC) manufacturers. Cox served as the chief strategist for the association’s external communications efforts surrounding FDA regulatory and legislative issues impacting the pharmaceutical industry.

During her career, Cox worked with the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on numerous educational initiatives, developed and presented integrated risk mitigation plans on over-the-counter medicines at FDA public meetings, and was a key team member for numerous FDA advisory committee meetings, including those on acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and oral OTC pediatric cough and cold medicines. Cox also has created national advocacy programs and award-winning media and grassroots campaigns to reduce medicine abuse and improve the appropriate use of medicine.

“We are thrilled to add Virginia to our team. She not only has vast experience and knowledge of the regulatory, public affairs, advocacy, and education landscape, she also brings tremendous insight and intelligence from both her government and pharmaceutical experience,” said 3D Communications Co-Founder and Partner Cindy DiBiasi. “Her perspective will be a valuable asset to our clients.”

Cox has worked on both major statewide and national presidential campaigns and served on the Clinton/Gore Transition Team. Outside of public service, Cox was a senior partner in a San Francisco-based management consulting firm with responsibilities for marketing, business development, and public and government relations.

She recently authored a chapter titled “Food and Drug Administration: Protecting Public Health through Science” in the book Change for America for President Obama’s transition.

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