Attorney, Member of the Firm
Jodie Vasily-Cioffi brings over 20 years of legal and business experience to her clients at Outside GC, including 10 years as a senior in-house lawyer at a global leader in the life sciences industry. A Member of the Firm since 2014, Jodie has a demonstrated ability to provide practical legal advice, designed to drive forward strategic business objectives while protecting key interests.
Jodie represents public and private life science and e-business clients, from emerging companies to established industry leaders, focusing on strategic transactions, commercial contracts, and board and corporate governance matters. Jodie’s experience enables her to assist clients with skill and efficiency.
Jodie’s clients at Outside GC include PureTech Health PLC, Akouos Inc., X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sensei Biotherapeutics, Inc., SMOC Therapeutics, Inc., Pri-Med, and Axcella Health. She regularly handles a wide range of commercial transactions, including the drafting and negotiation of manufacturing agreements (CMO), quality agreements, patent and software licensing agreements, contract research agreements (CRA), sponsored research agreements (SRA), clinical trial agreements (CTA), design & development agreements, consulting agreements, service agreements, engagement letters, temporary staffing agreements, material transfer agreements (MTA) and confidential disclosure agreements (CDA). She also handles corporate law issues such as board of director agreements, advisory board agreements, charter and bylaw issues, and board and shareholder votes and minutes.
Before joining Outside GC, Jodie served as Senior Corporate Counsel, Securities & Corporate Operations, and Assistant Secretary at Genzyme Corporation, a global $20B Fortune 500 life sciences company with a diversified portfolio of products and services. While at Genzyme, Jodie oversaw the corporation’s securities law and corporate governance compliance, managed capital raising transactions, and handled diverse contract negotiations, including joint venture agreements, merger and acquisition agreements, technology license agreements, service agreements, consulting agreements, and supply agreements. Jodie also supported the on-going legal needs of multiple internal client groups, including finance, investor relations, shareholder relations, and the neurology business unit. In her role as Assistant Secretary, Jodie regularly drafted Board of Director and Committee minutes, as well as corporate-wide compliance policies.
After serving as a judicial clerk, Jodie began her career at Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston, now known as Locke Lord LLP, where her practice focused on capital raising transactions for private and public companies in the life science and high-tech sectors, as well as securities compliance, and merger and acquisition transactions.
Jodie holds a J.D. from Northeastern University, a M.P.A. (Phi Alpha Alpha) from Suffolk University, and a B.S. in Management (With Distinction) from Babson College.
Jodie is Co-Founder of a literacy-based not-for-profit, Decoding Dyslexia-MA, which helps feed her personal passion for helping children with dyslexia achieve success and working on behalf of children with special needs.
Jodie was born and bred in the Boston area, where she and her husband are now raising their two daughters.