Jenny Jackson, associate director of reimbursement for Humacyte, an award-winning biotechnology company located in The Research Triangle of North Carolina. She applies her technical expertise in government and third-party repayment strategy to ensure successful reimbursement for the company.

To create the economic case for Humacyte’s innovative products and how they translate to significant cost savings, Jackson develops strong relationships with key public and private constituents, including commercial/private insurance, MCOs, ACOs, and Medicare and other government providers, as well as payer and payer stakeholders. Her extensive experience collaborating with and working alongside Washington legislative and regulatory networks elevates the company’s biotech leadership role, especially for Medicare and private-payer reimbursement policies that can help reduce Medicare spending and enhance the company’s reimbursement opportunities.

Jackson has published several research and education articles on coding and payments to aid physician practices in the implementation of health information technology, electronic medical records and reimbursement policies in their practices. In 2012, she co-authored an educational primer for surgeons on employment and coding specifications titled “Surgeons as institutional employees: A strategic look at the dimensions of surgeons as employees of hospitals.”

Diversity, says Jackson, enables each person to bring everything that makes that person unique into the workplace. And out of that uniqueness come new ideas and perspectives. “Diversity in the workplace is essential, not only because our country thrives on it, but also because it enriches the workplace,” she explains. “Diversity allows people with different backgrounds and perspectives to bring ideas, thoughts and approaches to problem-solving, making the workplace stronger and more resilient to shifts in the marketplace.”

As a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, Jackson mentors an emerging woman leader each year, providing her with opportunities to develop the core values, attitudes and competencies that are the foundation of quality leadership. She offers women the following words of wisdom: “Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. Do not be afraid to do something different. Just because something has always been done a certain way does not mean it cannot be done better.”