NDA Partners LLC: A Development Partner to Biopharmaceutical Investors and Companies

John W. Sheets, Jr., PhD

Practice Area Focus

  • Devices
  • Biologics
  • Combination Products
  • Development Strategy
  • Regulatory Strategy
  • Ophthalmology
  • Surgical Products and Implants


Dr. John W. Sheets, Jr. joined NDA Partners as an Expert Consultant in 2017. Dr. Sheets was formerly Director, Office of Device Evaluation at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at FDA and is a recognized leader in the medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Prior to his FDA experience, Dr. Sheets served in senior technical leadership roles in a series of companies. He was Chief Technology Officer at Anika Therapeutics, developing biotech/regenerative medicine products. As Senior Vice President, Corporate Research at Boston Scientific, he revitalized product innovation by introducing a new biodesign process and identifying new growth markets, and as Chief Technology Officer at Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson), he created their biosurgicals platform and restructured the company’s development pipeline.

Dr. Sheets is recognized for his technical leadership in the field of ophthalmology. He was Corporate Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer at Bausch and Lomb for the surgical, pharmaceutical and vision care businesses. At Alcon Laboratories, as Vice President, Surgical/IOL and Therapeutics R&D, he was responsible for surgical implants, instruments and therapeutic (drug) products used in ophthalmic surgery.