Sandy Costa’s professional experience includes over 40 years in executive and senior operating management positions and board advisory roles within the pharmaceutical, health care and life sciences industries. In addition to his legal practice, Sandy's experience includes President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of Quintiles Transnational Corp. where during his tenure he had responsibility for all operating divisions and worldwide business development. Other executive level experience includes Senior Vice President-Administration, General Counsel and Director, Glaxo Inc.; and U.S. Area Counsel for Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.

Sandy is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership, as well as legal and policy issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry. He is the author of Humanity at Work: Encouraging Spirit, Achievement and Truth to Flourish in the Workplace

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  • Recipient, St. John’s University Alumni Outstanding Achievement Medal


St. John's University, J.D., 1971

St. John’s University, B.S., Pharmacy, 1968

Bar & Court Admissions


  • Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • Member, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Aquestive Therapeutics
  • Member, Board of Directors, Cytokinetics, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Metabolon Inc.
  • Member, The Duke Brain Tumor Advisory Committee
  • Member, The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program Board
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Ravenscroft School



Publications & Alerts

  • Author, "Getting Back on the Ethical High Road," Association News (January 2014)
  • Author, "Humanity at Work," Chapel Hill Press (2nd printing, 2010) 

Events & Programming

  • Panelist, "Unique Issues for Boards in Healthcare Organizations (for-Profit & non-Profit)," The Citadel Directors' Institute, Charleston, S.C.
  • "How to Evaluate Whether Transition into a Public Company Structure Meets Your Company's Requirements, Panelist," The Citadel Directors' Institute, Charleston, S.C.
  • "The Four Strategies to Being a Trusted Leader," speaking to staff of N.C. Attorney General
  • "The Four Strategies to Being a Trusted Leader," 2015 Southeast BME Regional Conference
  • The Luther Hodges Ethics Luncheon, The Rotary Club of the Research Triangle Park
  • "Board Decision Making," National Association of Corporate Directors, Research Triangle Chapter, Directors' College
  • "The Attributes of Great Leaders," Raleigh-Wake Human Resource Management Association's (RWHRMA) 2nd Annual Strategic HR Summit
  • "Four Critical Stages for Building Trust (In a World Where It’s Fast Disappearing)," Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Career Development Event
  • "Strategies on Becoming a Trusted Leader in the Workplace," the Canadian Business Association of North Carolina
  • "Humanity at Work and the Attributes of Great Leaders," Business and Professional Women (BPW) Organization of Raleigh, N.C., Young Careerist Competition
  • "Four Critical Stages for Building Trust (In a World Where It’s Fast Disappearing)," Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel
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