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John M. Clerici

John M. Clerici

Founding Principal
Tiber Creek Partners
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
USA

Biography

John Clerici is a founding Principal of Tiber Creek Partners, LLC and a Partner in the government contracts practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. For over 13 years, John has been at the forefront in the creation of the public health preparedness sector, including helping large pharmaceutical and emerging biotechnology companies develop creative approaches to access non-dilutive capital to fund the development of biotechnology for emerging disease and engineered threats. Since 1999, John has assisted over three dozen companies in obtaining nearly $4 billion in funding for research, development and procurement of public health countermeasures to the Federal government, including the majority of the awards made under Project Bioshield, the U.S. Government’s initiative for preparing the Nation against a bioterrorist attack. In 2005, John played a substantial role in the drafting and passage of the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), landmark legislation that provides substantial liability protections for makers and distributors of pandemic, epidemic, and bioterrorism countermeasures. John testified as an expert in support of this legislation on four occasions before the United States Senate Appropriations Committee, HELP Committee, and Judiciary Committee. In 2006, John was instrumental in the passage of legislation creating the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which builds upon and improves Project BioShield. John’s expertise in the area of public health preparedness has been recognized by leading news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, and The Hill. He has also appeared live on the Fox News Channel as a bioterrorism expert. Prior to joining the firm, John was a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force where, among other assignments, he advised the Air Force Research Laboratory on the procurement of technology from research institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. John has appeared as a military law analyst for the Fox News Channel and MSNBC before national audiences. John earned his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did his undergraduate work at the Catholic University of America, graduating summa cum laude.

Research Interest

Public health Pharmaceutical and emerging biotechnology