Most people recognize Leah Brown as the Co-Founder of the Nationally acclaimed Diversity Alliance for Science, Inc, a 501(c) non-profit created to provide a platform to identify, attract, and develop small and/or diverse businesses to drive inclusive procurement practices in corporate, academic, and governmental entities within the life science and healthcare industries. After selling her clinical research business, A10 Clinical Solutions in 2018, Leah was appointed as CEO and Managing Partner of Community-Centric Opioid Data and Research Services, Inc. (CORDS) based in Washington, DC. Now, Leah is co-Founder and CEO of Acnos Pharma CTS.
A licensed attorney, Leah has held several Corporate Executive and Board positions. She served on the Executive Board for Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC), National Council Healthcare Committee Chair for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce just to name a few. She served 7 years on NC State University National Advisory Board for the Institute for Emerging Issues and currently is a Board member of Duke Raleigh Hospital and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.
The US Department of Commerce and Small Business Administration (SBA) presented her with the 2011 North Carolina Minority Business Person of the Year award and she represented the state of North Carolina in meetings with President Obama on life sciences job creation. Leah won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® Award Carolinas 2010 and has served as a national and regional EOY® judge. Leah has also been ranked by Fortune magazine, which named her in Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs and her leadership garnered recognition and accolades from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, American Express OPEN, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, and others.
Leah holds a B.S. in Information Technology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky. Certified in Healthcare Compliance she also attended Executive Management Programs at Dartmouth and Northwestern. Leah is an awareness writer and sought-after national speaker on Women Leadership, Entrepreneurism, and Healthcare Disparity issues.