Independent research company Chambers & Partners has now released the 2021 Global Practice Guide for Life Sciences. This is the fifth consecutive year the Firm has provided its expertise and insight to the annual guide, which offers commentary on a wide range of legal and business issues in major healthcare and life sciences markets such as Australia, China, India, Japan, Mexico, UK, Switzerland and the US.

The publication covers key legal areas affecting the pharmaceuticals and medical devices sectors and is the most comprehensive and publicly available legal guide in the market. The content includes an overview of the local regulatory framework and issues related to clinical trials; and delves into the issues of marketing authorizations; manufacturing, distribution, importation and exportation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices; pricing and reimbursement; digital healthcare; licensing; patents and other IP; as well as the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the life sciences landscape.

As part of our global editing role, the Firm had the privilege of drafting the questionnaire that all other contributors then responded to for the national chapters. Vanina Caniza, Chair of the Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Group, Christian Lopez-Silva, Mexico Head of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Group, Alexey Trusov, Chair of the EMEA Healthcare & Life Sciences Group and Elisabeth White, Asia Pacific Head of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Group also co-authored the global introduction to the guide. The introduction discusses some key trends shaping these regulated health sectors and the recent developments impacting the life sciences landscape in the world's major markets.

This year, the Firm's lawyers authored national chapters in five jurisdictions: Argentina (co-authored by Partners Vanina Caniza and Roberto Grane), Australia (co-authored by Partners Elisabeth White, and Helen Macpherson and Senior Associates Monique Nicolle and Chantal Savage) Brazil (authored by Trench Rossi Watanabe Partner Henrique Frizzo), Germany (co-authored by Partner Dr. Thilo Rapple and Associates Dr. Martin Altschwager and Christina Rinkel), and Mexico (co-authored by Partners Christian Lopez-Silva, Marina Hurtado, Carlos Vela and Jose Hoyos).

Vanina shares, “It is fantastic to continue working with Chambers and Partners on the Global Practice Guide for Life Sciences. While this sector has always been in a state of change, the unprecedented events of the previous year have strongly demanded our utmost attention to new regulations, measures and the legal implication of innovation in the life sciences space."

Christian adds, "We are delighted for the consecutive invitation and hope that this year’s guide can inform in-house legal teams on a wide range of issues, and help them navigate this ever-changing sector.”

A link to the practice guide can be found here.

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