Nadine Peters Joins the COTA Team as Chief Legal Officer

December 3, 2020
COTA Team

COTA has a new Chief Legal Officer: healthcare and data privacy attorney Nadine Peters. With a background focused in the life science sector and experience advising on complex regulatory matters, Nadine is excited to combine her past work and interests in her new role at COTA.

Nadine came to COTA following her role as Partner in the Healthcare and Life Sciences Group at Verrill Dana LLP. She also previously served as Deputy General Counsel at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington, D.C., where she provided legal guidance on issues critical to the organization’s funding of comparative effectiveness research, patient and stakeholder engagement, and the dissemination of research findings.

Nadine earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Health & Society from Brown University, as well as a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law and a Master in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health.

Nadine is excited to establish legal structures to help support COTA’s business growth, work alongside a committed and passionate team, and ultimately, help amplify COTA’s mission that inspired her to take the job. Learn more about Nadine below… 

What excites you about joining COTA & what was the biggest driving factor in accepting this position?

The mission of COTA – bringing clarity to cancer care – is the most exciting aspect of the company. When I first heard about the opportunity, what COTA is trying to accomplish, and the overall impact on the oncology landscape, I was immediately interested. Not only was I impressed by the mission, but also the vision that CEO Mike Doyle and the entire C-suite has for the company. 

The biggest driving force in accepting the position was the COTA team. The collaborative nature in which they work together to drive outcomes and goals is inspiring. I previously worked as outside counsel and advised on niche issues – this position offered me a unique opportunity to be a part of a team with a broader goal.

What are you most looking forward to in this new position?

I am most looking forward to seeing where COTA can grow – it’s no wonder the company was named on the Boston Business Journal’s Fast 50 List, which recognizes the fastest growing private companies in Boston. Specifically, I am looking forward to putting in place legal structures to help support the company’s vision and expansion of the business.

As 2020 comes to a close, what are you most excited for in 2021 as it relates to COTA and your new position?

To be honest, with 2020 presenting the major challenges it has, I am so looking forward to it being a new year where we can hopefully start to move beyond the pandemic.

I joined COTA at the end of this year as we were announcing incredibly exciting news, including the expanded research collaboration agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration, a $20M investment and collaboration agreement with Varian Medical Systems, and news of the company tripling their data access to over one million patient oncology records.

In 2021, I look forward to working closely with the talented COTA team, maybe even in person at some point, as we continue to make a difference in how real-world data is used to advance cancer therapies, and ultimately, improve patient outcomes.

What is your past professional experience and what brought you to this new role in the oncology industry?

Throughout my career, I have advised healthcare organizations and life sciences companies as a regulatory lawyer on a broad range of issues.  Over time, due to my particular interests and the emergence of digital health, I developed specialized expertise in health information privacy, clinical research, and large data networks. When COTA came along, it combined both my interests and experience as it is poised to be a leader in curation of high-quality real-world data for oncology research and clinical care.

Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing for fun, do you have any unique passions or hobbies?

Outside of work, my life is mostly consumed by my two daughters – a four and eight year old. I spend my time doing whatever they are interested in. With COVID-19, we are spending less time with sports and other organized activities and now spend our time hiking and finding places to explore outdoors as well as baking.

Another one of my hobbies and passions includes interior design. I love watching HGTV and shopping at HomeGoods – even if I come out with a shopping cart filled with things I don’t need!