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FasterCures Names K. Kimberly McCleary as Director of Strategic Initiatives


WASHINGTON, DC – FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, today announced that K. Kimberly McCleary joined the team as director of strategic initiatives. McCleary will be leading the charge on key programmatic areas including FDA and how it evaluates risk and benefit for patients, and medical innovation and how we determine value and reimbursement. 

Previously, she was president & CEO of the CFIDS Association of America for 22 years. At the CFIDS Association, she led efforts in research, policy, and awareness for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). She has worked with leaders throughout the executive and legislative branches to develop, implement, and oversee policy initiatives and has earned a stellar reputation as an effective patient advocate and keen policy strategist.

“We are delighted to have Kim as part of the FasterCures team to help us develop and implement impactful programs,” said Margaret Anderson, executive director of FasterCures. “She brings a deep understanding of what it takes to mobilize patient communities, shape policies, and implement transformative initiatives.”

McCleary helped found the Chronic Pain Research Alliance and joined with other leaders and Pfizer to establish the Campaign to End Women’s Pain in 2010. She led the Partnering to End Pain project, selected by Sanofi U.S. as a finalist in the 2012 Collaborate | Activate Innovation Challenge.

“There’s tremendous opportunity to improve the medical research system to better meet patients’ needs,” said McCleary. “I am thrilled to be joining the FasterCures teamin creating patient-focused programs that will make a difference.”

Most recently, McCleary has participated in every opportunity organized by the FDA to shape its Patient-Focused Drug Development Initiative (PFDDI), including a range of consultations leading up to the first of the 20 PFDDI workshops focused on CFS held in April 2013. With leaders in the narcolepsy community, she helped design and launch the Unite Narcolepsy initiative to educate, engage, and empower narcolepsy patients and their advocates to participate effectively in the PFDDI meeting held in September 2013.

She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About FasterCures

FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, is an action tank, determined to remove barriers to medical progress. We have only one goal: to save lives as rapidly as possible. We work to improve the medical research system—so that we can speed up the time it takes to get important new medicines from discovery to patients. (

About the Milken Institute

A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute believes in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges. Its mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital, and enhance health. (