Medical device manufacturer Cook Group Inc. brought on experienced legislative affairs director Elizabeth A. Sharp as its vice president of federal and international affairs. Sharp previously served as legislative assistant and later director for then Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin, the first openly gay woman elected to U.S. Congress, was re-elected earlier this year as one of Wisconsin’s senators, beating out Republican nominee Leah Vukmir in the highly contentious 2018 midterms. Elizabeth Sharp meanwhile most recently held a federal government affairs post in the Washington office of the Advanced Medical Technology Association.
Sharp will work on educating policymakers on the legislation impacting Cook Group’s patients both in the U.S. and around the world. Cook Group, which sold its pharmaceutical business to Catalent Inc. late last year, is now focused solely on its medical devices business.
Asked about what healthcare legislative trends to look out for in 2019, Elizabeth said: “we saw a lot of passion around the issue of healthcare in the 2018 election.” She added that “it’s exciting to see so much interest in this topic and we’re interested to be part of that dialogue.”
Sharp joins Allison Giles in Cook Group’s Washington office. Giles herself received her promotion in January year to vice president of government affairs and head of Cook Group’s Washington office activities. She took over from longtime employee Tom Connaughton, who remains as an advisor to the company. He is slated to retire in early 2019.