Nutley pharma company adds to leadership team with new head of office, government affairs and policy

Nutley-based Eisai Inc. on Monday announced it has expanded its leadership team to include Tricia Brooks as vice president and head of office, government affairs and policy.

Brooks will be responsible for developing and leading the government affairs and public policy function, guiding, representing and growing the Nutley-based pharmaceutical company’s work to create a network of bipartisan relationships with key influencers and decision-makers that enables the company to build on the Eisai human health care mission.

Brooks also will lead the development of federal and state government strategies, aligned to the achievement of corporate, disease and brand objectives.

“We are excited to welcome Tricia to Eisai’s leadership team,” said Alex Scott, executive vice president, integrity, Eisai Inc. “Tricia brings impressive and varied experience in government affairs and policy. … Her strong knowledge and a deep understanding of legislative, reimbursement and regulatory processes will be crucial to our policy-focused efforts as we look to innovate together for the benefit of the patients we serve and their families.”

With more than 25 years’ experience in advocacy, lobbying and policy development, Brooks has a proven track record in cultivating alliances, advancing federal and state advocacy agendas, and developing, leading and motivating high-performing teams.

Brooks joins Eisai from Ardelyx Inc., where, as vice president, government affairs & policy, she led the development, implementation and execution of government affairs and policy strategies for this emerging company as it worked to bring its first marketed product to the U.S. Brooks has also held senior positions across the health care ecosystem, including the Alliance of Community Health Plans, Novo Nordisk, Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.