Newswise — PHILADELPHIA—(April 7, 2016)—The Wistar Institute, an international biomedical research leader in cancer, immunology and infectious diseases, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Evans Stacey, Esq., as vice president, general counsel, secretary and government relations.

Stacey joins Wistar with more than 20 years of broad experience as a senior legal executive who managed public and private, small to mid-size companies primarily within the life sciences industry. Most recently, she served as senior vice president, general counsel, human resources and secretary at Antares Pharma, Inc., based in Ewing, N.J. Previously, Stacey served as executive vice president, general counsel, human resources, and secretary at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in Malvern, Pa., and as senior vice president, corporate communications, general counsel and secretary at Aventis Behring, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aventis, predecessor to Sanofi S.A. She began her legal career at King & Spalding in Washington, DC.

“We are so pleased to welcome Jennifer into The Wistar Institute fold,” said Dario C. Altieri, M.D., Wistar president and chief executive officer, director of Wistar’s Cancer Center and the Robert and Penny Fox Distinguished Professor. “Her rich experience and understanding of the multifaceted life sciences arena makes her an outstanding complement to our leadership team, particularly during a time of unprecedented scientific growth and commercial development at the Institute, as well as in the Philadelphia region. We are fortunate to have her on board.”

In her role at Wistar, Stacey is charged primarily with overseeing contracts, employee affairs, technology transfer and the intellectual property licensing process; assisting with regulatory affairs and compliance; managing litigation matters; and providing legal counsel to Wistar. She also will lead government relations and the corporate secretary function and manage governance issues related to the Board of Trustees.

“I am excited to continue my career at Wistar because of its global reputation for remarkable, transformative science in a collaborative environment and its unique position as a single mission research organization,” said Stacey. “I couldn’t imagine a more exciting place to be.”

Stacey graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. from Princeton University and earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute since 1972. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible.