Joy Liu

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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Joy Liu joined Vertex in 2016 and is Senior Vice President and General Counsel. She serves on the company’s Executive Committee and oversees all aspects of the Legal and Office of Business Integrity and Ethics functions. Prior to assuming her current role in 2021, Ms. Liu held multiple leadership positions within the Legal team, most recently as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. She has deep experience providing legal, regulatory, privacy and business contracting counsel to a broad range of global functions across the company.

Ms. Liu joined Vertex from Ropes and Gray LLP, where she practiced FDA regulatory law for 14 years, including five as partner. While at the firm, she worked on a number of high-profile cases, defending her clients and successfully challenging decades-old FDA policies and guidance. Ms. Liu has advised on a broad range of matters, including regulatory approval strategies, advertising and promotion, Hatch-Waxman and orphan exclusivity issues, government investigations, and regulatory inspections and enforcement activities. She has been recognized as a leading life sciences lawyer by Chambers USA and earned accolades as a Law360 Rising Star and a Washington D.C. “40 under 40” lawyer.

Ms. Liu received her bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and her law degree from Columbia University.