Kelly Childress Lange, Partner
Kelly Childress Lange represents pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients on legislative issues before the U.S. Congress and on regulatory matters before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies. She focuses her practice on biodefense and pandemic issues and provides regulatory counsel to clients from early product development to FDA approval and through the Federal government procurement process.
Prior to founding the East End Group, Kelly served as Health Policy Specialist at Foley Hoag, LLP, where she founded the firm’s Biodefense and Pandemic Preparedness practice, and worked in the firm’s Life Sciences Government Strategies group. Her work included strategic regulatory counseling, legislative advocacy, and counseling on administrative and legislative processes.
Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Kelly worked as the Healthcare Policy Advisor to Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan where she directed his healthcare policy initiatives relating to his position on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. She worked directly on legislation to reform Project BioShield to better promote and fund the development of biomedical countermeasures. In addition, she played a substantial role in the drafting and passage of the Pandemic and All Hazard Preparedness Act (PAHPA), which included legislation creating the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA). She also assisted in the passage of the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), which provides import liability protections to biomedical countermeasure manufactures. In addition to biodefense issues, Kelly played an active role in negotiations between House Leadership, Committees of jurisdiction and the Administration on several key pieces of legislation, including the Deficit Reduction Act, implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act, children’s healthcare (SCHIP) reform and reauthorization of the Prescription Drug and Medical Device User Fee programs.
Kelly served in a similar capacity for Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois, also a Member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and assisted in the development of Medicare and Medicaid reform legislation, medical liability reform, health insurance reform and public health measures. She also served as the American Heart Association's government relations manager, where she directed national heart and stroke policy efforts on Capitol Hill.
BA, University of Virginia
JD, Catholic University