Claudia Haywood serves as the Director of Intellectual Property and Strategic Agreements. In this role, she is responsible for managing the intellectual property portfolio at Leidos Biomedical Research and providing management oversight for intellectual property, research administration, and research compliance issues that occur as a part of operations and the ongoing research. In addition, Haywood is responsible for drafting, reviewing, and negotiating strategic agreements, e.g. confidentiality agreements, material transfers, licenses, collaborative agreements, etc. In this role, she works closely with the research staff and the Partnership Development Office to ensure compliance with the contractual requirements and the adequacy of the legal terms and conditions.
Haywood brings more than 20 years of experience in research administration, technology transfer, and legal services to this position. She has worked in various areas including research integrity and misconduct, research compliance, including human subjects compliance, animal care and use, and institutional biosafety, contract compliance, and HIPAA Privacy and Security. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a Master's of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law and a Doctor of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. Prior to joining Leidos Biomedical Research, she served as Assistant General Counsel at the J. Craig Venter Institute for six years and Regional Research Administrator and In-house Counsel at the Providence Health System-Oregon in Portland, Oregon for six years. Prior to that, Haywood served as Assistant Vice President at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.