Joel Smith, JD, MBA

General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, EVP Corporate Development

Joel Smith serves as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development at Epic Sciences.

A veteran legal professional with more than 20 years of experience in the life sciences and biopharmaceutical industries, Mr. Smith brings a breadth of knowledge in strategic corporate development, complex commercial transactions, licensing, securities law, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Smith has served as a senior executive and general counsel for a number of biotechnology and life sciences companies, including BioQ, Triad Therapeutics, and Sientra, Inc. At Sientra, Smith was responsible for all of its legal affairs including corporate compliance, commercialization policies, and intellectual property. He was a primary contributor to its premarket application for FDA approval of its implants and in the preparation of the prospectus used in its initial public offering on Nasdaq.

Most recently, Smith was the managing counsel of Qualcomm Life, the medical device subsidiary of Qualcomm where he and his team supported global sales and business development teams.

Smith earned his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, and a Master of Business Administration, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Economics. He is a member of the State Bar of California.