Jessica Foley, PhD, has joined the Focused Ultrasound Foundation as Scientific Director. She is returning to the focused ultrasound community after completing a one-year American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. Prior to that, she spent three years working for InSightec as Neuro Projects Manager and Clinical Marketing Manager.
Foley’s career in focused ultrasound began at the University of Washington where she completed her doctorate in bioengineering and wrote her dissertation on the biological effects of focused ultrasound on peripheral nerves. Her 11-year career in the field has spanned the academic, industrial and government worlds. Such breadth of experience gives a unique perspective and insight that will be critical to the Foundation, particularly in the areas of regulatory affairs and reimbursement.
As the Foundation’s Scientific Director, Foley will cultivate relationships and strategic partnerships with governmental policy-makers and regulatory agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, and with disease-specific foundations whose interests are similar to those of the Foundation. She will represent and advocate for the Foundation and the focused ultrasound community among a wide variety of stakeholders.