Dr. Valerie Thomas is a board-certified veterinary pathologist at Merck, with over 19 years’ experience in nonclinical pharmaceutical safety including in the area of medical device combination product safety/biocompatibility. As a Sr. Investigative Scientist in Nonclinical Drug Safety, she works on numerous small molecule and biologic projects across a wide spectrum of therapeutic areas. Certified in biocompatibility of medical devices, she also provides subject matter expertise in preclinical combination product and medical device development at Merck, reviewing and monitoring ISO compliant studies and as author of over 50 worldwide regulatory submissions for a diverse assortment of products, including for respiratory medical device combination products. Valerie received her B.S. and D.V.M. from Texas A&M University. She completed her Ph.D and residency at Washington State University and is a boarded veterinary pathologist.