Chair, Georgia Bio
VP, US Corporate Affairs, UCB, Inc.
Patty Fritz is vice president, U.S. Corporate Affairs for UCB, Inc, overseeing policy, government affairs, advocacy, patient engagement, communications and UCBCares®. Patty leads efforts to create value for patients and their families through strategic engagement and positively influencing the healthcare environment and policy landscape.
At UCB, everything we do starts with one simple question: “how will this create value for people living with severe diseases?” In her Corporate Affairs role, Patty finds opportunities to better understand the unique needs of patients, so we can continue delivering value. She is a champion of innovative projects to spotlight the importance of access and care for people living with severe diseases. Recent efforts Patty has led include collaborations with the VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence, PatientsLikeMe®, Emory University, Georgia Tech and IBM.
Having been with UCB for more than 20 years, Patty has made a significant impact in different leadership roles including Regulatory Affairs, Operational Excellence, Government Affairs and Policy. She managed teams and inspired colleagues as UCB transformed from a primary care company to a specialty biopharma pharmaceutical leader focused on severe diseases. Patty led the regulatory efforts for UCB’s first product filing - Keppra® (levetiracetam) - and oversaw the FDA approval process for many of UCB’s other products including Lortab™ (hydrocodone), Xyzal® (levocetirizine), Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol) and Vimpat® (lacosamide). She also championed and was a driving force behind the establishment of UCB’s Women in Leadership initiative.
Outside of UCB, Patty serves as chair of the board of directors for Georgia Bio and as a member of The Carter Center Board of Councilors.
Patty holds a master’s degree in health care policy and administration from Mercer University (Atlanta, Ga.) and a Bachelor of Science degree in management and technology from the University of Maryland (Laurel, Md.). Patty is also a graduate of Summers County School of Nursing (Hinton, W.Va.).