Scott LaGanga

VP, Public Affairs & Alliance Development, PhRMA

Scott A. LaGanga serves as vice president of public affairs and alliance development at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies. In this role, he leads a team responsible for third-party stakeholder relations and coalition development, which includes frequent outreach to patient groups, health care providers, business leaders, organized labor, venture capitalists and academic institutions. Additionally, Scott is a member of PhRMA’s executive team and helps manage global public policy issues on behalf of the organization.

In addition to PhRMA, Scott serves as executive director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM), a public private-partnership of more than 75 organizations dedicated to combating counterfeit and unsafe medicines around the globe. In this capacity, Scott has led the development of the annual PSM Interchange forum, which brings together public and private-sector leaders, including frequent participation by Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. In late 2010, he successfully launched PSM’s first international partnership, PSM India, as well as PSM China in late 2012. 

Prior to joining PhRMA, Scott was executive director and co-founder of the Property Rights Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of physical and intellectual property rights, both domestically and worldwide.

Scott completed a master’s of business administration at George Washington University in 2009, with concentrations in international business and management. As a Henry J. Raimondo Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Scott received a master’s degree in public affairs and politics from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park.