Provention Bio names King-Jones to chief legal officer

Provention Bio Inc., a Oldwick-based biopharmaceutical firm, announced on Monday it has named Heidy Abreu King-Jones to the newly-created role of chief legal officer.

King-Jones, who has about 12 years of experience in corporate counsel and law in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical space, most recently served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Axcella Health.

“As Provention prepares to transition to a commercial business, we are committed to upholding the best practices of compliance, corporate governance, and enterprise risk management across all areas of our organization,” Ashleigh Palmer, CEO of Provention Bio, said. “Heidy’s experience in developing compliance programs for rare disease launches and working with companies’ patient advocacy and commercial teams will be invaluable. … We welcome Heidy to the team and look forward to her contributions.”

Prior to Axcella, King-Jones held roles in the legal department at Sarepta Therapeutics, most recently as senior director, corporate law. She began her career at Ropes & Gray LLP.