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Darin Gardner spent five years as part of his family’s business, which operates several franchise restaurants in Arkansas and Oklahoma. In 2000, Mr. Gardner moved to the Washington, D.C. area to work for Senator Tim Hutchinson, first on his personal staff, and later as a member of his committee staff on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. From 2002-2005, Darin worked for Congresswoman Kay Granger on issues ranging from health care, taxes, labor, education and appropriations issues as her Legislative Director.
In 2005, Mr. Gardner was hired by Roche (known now as “Genentech, a Member of the Roche Group” in the United States) as an Assistant Director for Federal Government Affairs and was later promoted to Director. Darin was responsible for managing issue related to the procurement of antiviral medications by the Centers for Disease Control’s Strategic National Stockpile, (CDC SNS) accessibility of Hepatitis C treatments for patients utilizing State ADAP programs, immunosuppressive drug coverage, as well as general issues such as re-importation of pharmaceuticals, reimbursement and patent-related issues.
Following the Roche-Genentech integration in 2009, Mr. Gardner was promoted to Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs for Genentech responsible for leading the federal lobbying team. From 2010-2014, Darin worked on several company-specific and industry-wide issues including the metastatic breast cancer indication issue for Avastin, 340B drug discounting program, continued collaboration with the CDC’s SNS on pandemic preparedness, and corporate tax issues.
In 2015, Mr. Gardner took a brief leave from the firm return to Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Granger, but returned to the firm in October 2015.
Darin Gardner was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He graduated from Fort Smith Christian High School in 1990 and attended university at Ouachita Baptist University until 1992. After studying abroad at Yantai University in China, Darin graduated from Henderson State University in 1995.