Kimberly Agnew-Heard

Kimberly Agnew-Heard

Principal Scientist II
Regulatory Sciences

Kimberly Agnew-Heard, Ph.D., is a Principal Scientist II in the Premarket Tobacco Applications, Regulatory Affairs for Altria Client Services in Richmond, VA.  In this role she leads the chemistry regulatory strategies, scientific oversight, program management, and submissions of reduced-risk tobacco products. 

Dr. Agnew-Heard joined Altria in 2017 as a Public Health Strategist leading chemical analysis studies to support product development.  In that role, she oversaw the chemical characterization and stability studies for e-vapor products to support premarket tobacco applications.  She also served as a scientific lead and liaison for nonclinical, clinical, and behavioral studies and as a aprogram manager for a novel non-combustible tobacco product.

Prior to joining Altria, Dr. Agnew-Heard, an analytical chemist, held numerous roles at the Food and Drug Administration an focused on tobacco products, medical devices, and small and large molecular drugs.  She served as a Senior Chemistry Reviewer at the Center of Tobacco Products and a Lead Reviewer at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.  In these roles, Dr. Agnew-Heard provided her chemistry expertise to cross-functional regulatory teams and performed scientific reviews of tobacco products and interventional cardiology devices.  Prior to working at FDA, she was a Senior Scientist at Boston Scientific where she led an analytical chemistry team focused on research and development of drug-eluting coronary stents.  

Dr. Agnew-Heard has published numerous scientific articles and has been an active member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1995.  She was elected to several executive committee roles within the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry, including as Councilor (2011 – 2017), Chair-Elect (2018), Program Chair (2019), Chair (2020), and Immediate Past Chair (2021). Dr. Agnew-Heard is passionate about diversity and inclusion, specifically with at-risk and underserved high school and college students.  She is an ACS Project SEED committee member and has developed mentoring programs to promote chemistry.

Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 2002

M.S., Analytical Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 2000

B.S., Chemistry, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 1992