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McKenna Long & Aldridge’s biodefense practice is looking to cash in on lucrative government spending as Congress appropriates billions of dollars to find a vaccine for the avian flu. And the firm is hoping to do it by bringing a different kind of expertise to their team. McKenna is adding talent not through the lawyer or lobbyist pool but by hiring scientists as senior advisers to represent clients such as Human Genome Science, Sanofi Pasteur, and GlaxoSmithKline. “We expect a dramatic growth curve in light of the recent avian flu debate,” says Frank Rapoport, head of the practice. Anna Johnson-Winegar recently joined the firm after a two-year stint as a consultant. Prior to that, she was deputy assistant to the secretary of defense, focusing on chemical and biological programs. This month, Dana Perkins will also join the group. The expansion is also part of McKenna’s plans to connect drug makers to foreign entities like China, the EU, and Israel.
Anna Palmer can be contacted at [email protected].

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