Joel Edwards has over 20 years of broad leadership experience in corporate operations, business transactions and partner management, merger and integration, corporate communications, and investor relations.

Mr. Edwards currently serves as Ionis Pharmaceuticals Vice President of Corporate Operations and is responsible for leading strategic corporate development initiatives.  His primary focus at Ionis is transitioning the company from an R&D organization to a fully integrated commercial company. Mr. Edwards has extensive knowledge of R&D operations, co-research and development partnerships, product approvals, and product launches. He previously managed three collaborations resulting in new drug approvals (Potiga, Kynamro, and Spinraza) and also played key leadership role in the commercial launch of Tegsedi. Prior to Ionis, Mr. Edwards held alliance and project management roles at Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Edwards earned a BS in psychology from Ball State University, a MS in psychology from New Mexico Highlands University, and a MBA from Colorado State University.