Mr Bernasconi has more than 30 years experience in the world of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, working in companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Schering Plough in US and Europe, and more recently Medtronic.
In his capacity as President & International Regional Vice President of Medtronic France, he was elected President of APIDIM (The French Association for the Promotion of Innovation in Medical Devices), and Vice President and Treasurer of SNITEM (French Medical Technology Industry Association).
Regulations & Industrial Policy
Director Regulations & Industrial Policy
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Oliver Bisazza joined MedTech Europe in August 2017. He comes to us from Medtronic, where he served since 2014 as Director of Regulatory Policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In this role, he was also highly active within MedTech Europe, leading and participating in numerous committees and stakeholder alliances.
Prior to joining Medtronic, Oliver was Technical and Regulatory Affairs Manager at COCIR, the European association for the radiological, electromedical and healthcare IT industries. His career in Brussels started with 4 years of progressively responsible regulatory roles within EDANA, the industry association for the nonwovens and related industries.
A dual national of Australia and Malta, Oliver has a Masters degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Wales, where his research focused on European legislative systems and their preparedness for emerging public health threats.
Petra has several years’ experience working with major US and international companies both for a trade association and in-house. She gained most of her experience at the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU), where she headed up the policy team working on both legislative and regulatory issues. Her healthcare policy experience comes both from the AmCham EU and the government affairs team of Genzyme. As an American-German raised in Denmark, Petra is a native English speaker with good Danish and German and intermediate French.
Dario Pirovano been a consultant for regulatory affairs with Eucomed since 2002. He worked in the European Commission for 4 years, where he contributed to the drafting and negotiating of the 90/385 /EEC and 93/42/EEC directives.
Dario has over 30 years experience in medical technology as designer and regulatory affairs expert. In 1995 he founded Pirovano Management SPRL, a consulting firm advising manufacturers, Notified Bodies and authorities in regulatory matters relating to medical technology.
Dario can be considered the historical memory of the development of medical devices regulation in Europe. He holds a Doctorate in Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. An Italian national, Dario is fluent in French and English.
Katalin Máté supports the Regulatory Affairs Department in its daily work and acts as a regular contact point for members. In addition to being a Hungarian national, she has a high command of English and an understanding of German.
Merlin Rietschel is currently the leading coordinator of activities related to Notified Bodies at MedTech Europe. He previously held the position of Senior Manager in MedTech Europe’s Regulations and Industrial Policy department. He joined Eucomed (now MedTech Europe) in January 2011 and worked for the Regulations and Industrial Policy department. He also held various positions within international pharmaceutical companies (Bristol-Myers Squibb and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals) and at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London, UK. Overall he has over 11 years of experience in the field of European regulatory affairs, and in the pharma sector dealt successfully with an extensive number of regulatory submissions in life-cycle management and with marketing authorisation applications.
Merlin was raised in Germany where he received a French/German multicultural education. He also lived in the United States and has lived in Belgium since 1995. He has a Masters degree in pharmaceutical science from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, as well as a post-graduate degree in pharmaceutical industry. A German and French national, he is also fluent in English.
Diana Kanecka assists the Regulations and Industrial Policy Department where she is responsible for the following topics: UDI, Eudamed, Animal By-Products and internal market issues. She holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary European Studies/European Single Market from the College of Europe and a Bachelor's degree from the University of the West of England. She has a strong interest in the regulatory topics and trade policy.
She is a Polish national and has a high command of English and an intermediate level in French and Dutch.
Kira has joined MedTech Europe in August 2016 as part of the Regulations & Industrial Policy team. She holds a PhD degree in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical sciences from Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and has 6+ years of experience in cancer and diabetes research. For more than 3 years she was the Assistant Editor and later Co-Editor in academic publishing house De Gruyter.
A German national, she speaks fluent English and Russian and has a good understanding of French and Dutch.
Nathalie Buijs joined MedTech Europe in September 2017. She started her career working for SPECTARIS, one of MedTech’s German member associations. She gained further experience in EU policy-making and environmental affairs at the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) and as a consultant on Product Stewardship at ARCADIS.
Nathalie holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Antwerp and a Master’s in European Studies from the University of Hamburg. At MedTech Europe, she focuses on environmental and chemicals regulations. Nathalie is Belgian and speaks Dutch, French, English and German.
Kacper holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary European Studies from the College of Europe and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Warsaw. After graduation, he gained an experience in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a Brussels-based consultancy, as well as in the Legal Service of the European Commission. He is a Polish national and has a high command of English and an intermediate level of French.
Following a period of Clinical Engineering, Director clinical outcomes and research at Intermedics and Medtronic working in the field of Cardiac Rhythm Management and Heart Failure Management, Yves used to work for Alcon as Assistant Director Health Economics responsible for eye care Pharmaceutical as well as medical devices products. During these 20 years first in human testing was performed and clinical and health economic proof was developed to demonstrate the value of multiple health technologies.
Yves holds a Master in Electro-Mechanical Engineer from the Catholic University of Leuven, a post-graduate in Business Administration and multiple patents and publications.
A Belgian national with Dutch mother tongue, Yves is fluent in English and French, with a working knowledge of German.
Zuzana Pisano (Fikarova) joined Eucomed (now MedTech Europe) in March 2010 as an assistant. In February 2011, she became Economic Affairs Officer and in February 2014 Manager Market Access and Economic Policies, a role in which she is responsible for leading, planning, coordinating, and executing projects and monitoring, reporting market access environment across Europe. With her projects she focuses on topics of HTA, funding, reimbursement, procurement, community/home care and other relevant market access topics.
After studying Economics at Mendel University, Czech Republic, she obtained her Masters in International Management at ICHEC Business School, Brussels. A Czech national, Zuzana is fluent in English and French.
Sophie joined Eucomed in April 2009, following several years as Coordinator for Regulatory and Trade Affairs for another European Trade Association, the European Cocoa Association.
She worked for a year as Executive Assistant to the Eucomed Chief Executive and the Human Resources and Administration Manager and for four years as Project Coordinator for the European Health Technology Institute for Socio-Economic Research (EHTI - an independent research institute aimed at developing data and evidence on the social and economic value of medical technology and its impact on the economy and welfare of European countries).
In September 2014, she became Manager Market Access and Economic Policies, a role in which she is responsible for leading, planning, coordinating, and executing projects and monitoring, reporting market access environment across Europe. With her projects she focuses on topics of (public) procurement and other relevant market access topics.
Sophie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Brussels and an MBA from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana. A Belgian national and native French speaker, Sophie is also fluent in English.
Manager Market Access and Economic Policies
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Jessica Imbert joined MedTech Europe in June 2017 as Manager Market Access and Economic Policies. Jessica has been working in EU affairs since 2008 and was free-lance consultant before joining the MedTech team.
Jessica holds a Master in European and International Law from the Law School of Grenoble and a Bachelor in Public Law from the Law School of Lyon in France. French native speaker, Jessica is also fluent in English.
Cristian Manoiu joined Eucomed in 2003. Following a number of administrative and project-related duties, he now, having joined MedTech Europe in 2013, works as a Senior Manager Market Data.
He is responsible for gathering, analysing and publishing economic data about the medical technology industry in Europe, as well as managing and coordinating the work of the data department related to the market surveys.
Cristian holds an engineering degree from the Politehnica University of Bucharest, and a Masters in Environmental Sciences from the Free University of Brussels. A native Romanian, he is fluent in English and French.
Teodora joined MedTech Europe in September 2015 as Data Officer. She has 3 years of experience in market research in the field of medical technology and treatment options. Prior to that she worked in the Finance Risk Management Department in CSMS Ltd. – an IT and Marketing Services company. During her studies, Teodora did internship programs at New Bulgarian University and UNDP Bulgaria, where she had both administrative and research tasks.
She has Bachelor/Master degree in Political Sciences and International Relations and she followed an Advanced Master’s programme in Governance and Development at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Teodora is native Bulgarian, she is fluent in English and has good knowledge of French and Dutch.
Elena Merkourieva joined Eucomed in October 2010 as a Data Analyst. At that time her current responsibilities consisted of data collection project management, support to finance department, team trainings organization. 2 years after joining the association Elena got promoted to Officer position and her tasks expanded to business development.
Within the last 7 years, she successfully managed existing data collections and aggregation, and reviewed the confidentiality policies within the organization following proposal and implementation of improvements.
During her University time Elena studied International Management and Engineering Economics. She holds two complementary Master degrees: International Master of Science in Management from Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany) and Master of Engineering of Social Sciences in Management Science from Riga Technical University (Latvia).
A Latvian/Russian bilingual from Latvia, Elena is fluent in English and French, both in general and business levels. She also has a good command of Dutch and basic knowledge of German.
Andras joined MedTech Europe in April 2016 as Market Data Officer.
During his experience of 8 years he worked in a multi-cultural environment, including being part of a team establishing a life insurance company in Hungary, managing and supervising its Romanian subsidiary and being a consultant at Mercer Belgium. Prior to joining MedTech he worked as a Data Consultant for the European Association of Pharmaceutical Full-Line Wholesalers.
He holds a Master’s degree of Actuarial Sciences at Corvinus University of Budapest.
A Hungarian national, he speaks fluent English and has a good understanding of German and Dutch, and a basic understanding of French.
Aline Lautenberg is MedTech Europe's Legal Counsel. She joined Eucomed in February 2004, as Economic and Legal Affairs manager, after having worked as a consultant for over two years for a consultancy specialised in reimbursement of medical technologies. Since May 2013, she is also responsible for EMDA and MedTech Europe's legal and compliance matters.
Aline is responsible for advising on the three organisations' contractual, regulatory and statutory obligations and assisting the Eucomed, EDMA and MedTech Europe Chief Executive and the respective Boards of Directors in management decision processes with robust risk assessments within the framework of the Eucomed, EDMA and MedTech Europe strategies. Moreover, Aline supports Eucomed and EDMA members on all legal, ethics and healthcare compliance issues. This includes the overall planning and management of legal and compliance groups and activities of the three organisations.
Aline has a Master's Degree in Law from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, and has been a member of the Belgian "Institut des juristes d'entreprise" (IJE) since 2009. A Swiss and German national, she speaks fluent English, German and French, and has a good understanding of Italian.
Ceren Aral Desnos will be acting as MedTech Europe's Interim Director of Legal and Compliance in 2018 providing assistance to the organization on legal, ethics and healthcare compliance issues, taking on Aline Lautenberg’s role during her maternity leave.
Ceren is a life sciences lawyer with over 8 years of experience in advising medtech and pharma multinationals on a wide range of topics including contracts, transactions, pricing and reimbursement, distribution channels, competition law and IP protection. She is an expert on regulatory compliance and anti-corruption practices emphasizing on interactions with healthcare professionals, relations with third party providers, tender procedures, advertising/promotion activities and product liability. Representing trade associations at both national and EU level, she has been involved in policy discussions with MedTech Europe and EFPIA over the past years.
Ceren has a Master's Degree in Law from the University of London in the UK and is admitted as attorney at law to Istanbul and Paris Bars. She is a regional representative of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Anti-Corruption Committee and a member of International Society of Healthcare Ethics and Compliance Professionals (ETHICS). Ceren speaks fluent Turkish, English and French.
Pablo holds a BA degree in Law and an LLM degree in International Economic Law. After finishing his LLM he did an internship in a Spanish Law firm, after which he moved to Brussels to do another traineeship in the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union. A Spanish national, he is fluent in English, and has a good basic knowledge of French.
Clarisse Aillet has been working in Brussels for 12 years both in private and public sectors, gathering an extensive experience in EU public affairs, corporate communications, crisis management, social media and stakeholder management. As an external consultant, she is supporting MedTech Europe by leading the outreach to medical societies and steering the joint discussions on the future of medical education in the context of the new Code of Ethics. She is also in charge of the Ethical Charter initiative designed to raise awareness of industry’s ethical standards and provides support in various Training areas as well.
Shannon joined MedTech Europe in August 2017. She holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from American University and an LLM degree in European Union Law from the VUB. Before moving to Brussels, she spent nearly two years working in the legal and compliance department of a financial institution in Washington, D.C. After obtaining her LLM she worked as an associate in a Belgian law firm focusing on international trade and regulatory issues.
Shannon is a member of the New York bar. A U.S. national, she is also fluent in Spanish.
Caterina joined MedTech Europe in February 2018. She holds a Magister Iuris from the University of Innsbruck. She did different Internships in the Public Administration, among other she spends some months in Rome working at a Foreign Office were she participated at the hearings of the Italian Parliament and monitored the legislative proposals. She moved to Brussels for a traineeship at a Representation Office.
An Italian native, Caterina is fluent in German and English.
Tanja joined Eucomed in September 2008 as Manager Public Affairs. She has more than 10 years experience in governmental affairs in Brussels, working at and with the EU institutions and trade association bodies.
Previously, Tanja had worked for four years for a non-profit organisation, expanding its footprint in Brussels by increasing its network and developing consistent policies. Following this, she joined the European Parliament as the head of office of the Vice-President of the Parliament’s biggest political group. Here she had responsibility for preparing and implementing the Vice-President’s work as Chief Whip as well as drafting and negotiating various legislations on his behalf. These roles helped her understand the essential elements for having your voice heard in Brussels.
Tanja holds an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Cologne in Germany. A German national, she is fluent in English and French.
Valentina Laurenzia Ancona
Senior Manager Government Affairs and Public Policy
Valentina Laurenzia Ancona has been a Policy Analyst in the Brussels office of Covington & Burling LLP. She worked on regulatory matters for pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics, and food companies. She covered Italian and European food and drug law, including: medical devices, clinical trials, labeling and promotion, pharmaceuticals, marketing and manufacturing authorizations of medicinal products.
She received her University Degree on International and Diplomatic Sciences, cum laude in 2007 from Università di Trieste and her Master Degree from the College of Europe in 2008.
An Italian native, Valentina is fluent in English and French.
Jerick Parrone is a Senior Manager at MedTech Europe where he drives the digital advocacy, internal communications, reputation management and media relations of the association. He also leads the communication projects of the association on its various policy priorities.
Jerick has over 10 years of communications experience and has joined MedTech Europe in 2015. Before joining MedTech Europe, he worked as an account manager for ZN Consulting, an award winning digital consultancy for global organizations. He lead digital campaigns for global and European clients including Microsoft, Huawei, CEFIC, EPP and the EPP Group. In addition, he also worked for the communications team of the Microsoft EU Affairs office in Brussels, Belgium and the consulting firm Fleishman-Hillard in the Philippines.
Jerick graduated cum laude with a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He speaks fluent English and Filipino.
Tímea joined MedTech Europe in November 2015, as a part of the Government Affairs & Public Policy Team.Tímea previously worked at Johnson & Johnson’s Government Affairs & Policy team for over 2 years. Prior to that, she worked on healthcare-related issues in a Brussels-based consultancy, where she followed different files, including patient safety and e-health-related matters.
Tímea holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Maastricht, in the field of Health Policy, Innovation and Management. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Public Health from the same University. A Hungarian national, Tímea speaks fluent English and has a good knowledge of French.
Marie-Hélène Lattes joined MedTech Europe in August 2015 as Communications Manager where she is responsible for leading the communications towards members, as well as supporting PA and Regulatory Affairs.
She has more than 10 years of experience working with professional associations in major industries: healthcare, pharmaceutical, engineering.
Her previous professional experience includes leading the World Diabetes Day campaign for the International Diabetes Federation managing the strategy, the digital aspects of the campaign as well as stakeholders’ relations and working as Communications & Consultant Manager for professional associations for the MCI Group.
Marie-Hélène has a Master of Arts in International Politics from the ULB (Free University of Brussels, Belgium), a graduate degree in International Management from the ESSEC Business School (Cergy-Pontoise, France) and a Diploma in Latin American studies from the Sorbonne University (Paris, France).
A French national, Marie-Hélène speaks English fluently and has a good command of Spanish.
Kalina Bozhkova joined MedTech Europe in August 2017. Before that, she has spent 5 years with Microsoft, starting at the Corporate Social Responsibility team and later joining the Microsoft EU Government Affairs team. There she was focusing on digital policy issues around artificial intelligence and robotics, data protection, eHealth and ethical use of medical data, and was managing the relations of Microsoft with European academia. Genuinely enthusiastic about the MedTech sector and the progress of digital healthcare, she is a firm believer in the positive impact of technology on social and economic development.
Kalina holds a bachelor degree in International Economic Relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and has gone through an academic immersion in International Relations at the University of Arkansas, USA.
A Bulgarian native, Kalina is fluent in English and has a good level of French.
Giulia Meneghin joined MedTech Europe in September 2015.
In her past, she coordinated marketing projects and worked in events organization and sales.
Her responsibilities include development and coordination of digital campaigns, newsletters, content creation and events communications.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from University of Bologna and a Bachelor’s degree in Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication from University of Milan.
An Italian national, she speaks fluent English and Spanish, has a good knowledge of Chinese and German, and a basic understanding of French.
Gianluca joined MedTech Europe in September 2017. He previously worked for an Italian regional authority in Brussels, implementing policy and communication projects and assisting the regional Presidency.
His responsibilities at MedTech Europe include developing the organization’s digital efforts, managing the website and social media pages, and providing ad-hoc communication support to the organization’s departments.
Gianluca holds a Master’s degree in Languages for International cooperation and communication from the Catholic University of Milan and a Bachelor’s degree in Interpreting and communication from IULM Milan.
An Italian national, he speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.
Sonja Kropidlowska joined Eucomed in March 2011 as an assistant, a role in which she is responsible for executing all-round related tasks for various Eucomed activities. She joined MedTech Europe in May 2013.
After studying International Hotel Management, Brussels/Belgium, she put her all round management knowledge into action as an executive assistant for the SVP of Supply Chain at Levi Strauss & Co., allowing her to develop experience in administration and event organization. A German national, Sonja is fluent in Polish, English, Spanish and French & has a notion of Dutch.
Before joining MedTech Europe in September 2016, Claudia worked at the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, where she managed Chamber’s Business in Belgium events. Prior to that, she was part of the European Public Affairs team at Novartis in Brussels. On a constant quest to discover other cultures, Claudia lived in the United States, France and Czech Republic.
A Romanian native, Claudia speaks English and French, and is currently working on her Italian and German language skills.
Gulwish Ahmed joined MedTech Europe in June 2017. She has recently graduated in Political Science from the Kinnaird College for Women, one of Pakistan’s top ranking universities.
Gulwish has experience in research, marketing, communications and social media from her previous internships in development and corporate sector. She has worked in diverse organizations including Nestlé Pakistan. Additionally, she possesses leadership skills from her three years with AIESEC Pakistan and has recently completed a successful term as the Regional Head of the Global Talent Department.
A Pakistani national, Gulwish is fluent in English with some basic knowledge of German.
Nicolas Van Mele joined Eucomed in October 2012 as Financial Controller, after 10 years in Finance working for Belgian and multinational companies in Brussels and Italy. He joined MedTech Europe in May 2013.
Nicolas holds a Master in Finance and a Master in Marketing from Solvay Business School (ULB, Belgium).
A Belgian national with French mother tongue, Nicolas is fluent in English, Dutch and Italian.
Patricia De Buyl first joined EDMA in 1993 and was the Office Manager of the Association since 1996. She was responsible for the organisation and coordination of office operations, procedures and resources in order to ensure organisational effectiveness and efficiency while supervising the office staff.
Since November 2014 Patricia is the responsible person for all HR issues at MedTech Europe.
Patricia is a Belgian national and has a Master in Journalism and Communication. She is fluent in French, English and Dutch.
Membership Services and Events
Director MD Member Relations & MedTech Europe Events
Christopher Breyel joined Eucomed in January 2011. Over the last 10 years, he had a number of positions in international business fields. He has also held management positions in business development within multinational companies, trade associations and EU bodies/associations. He joined MedTech Europe in May 2013.
Christopher holds a Masters degree from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, Belgium. A German national, Christopher speaks fluent English, French, Dutch and has good basic knowledge of Italian.
Jean-Noël Bouillon joined MedTech Europe in October 2017 as Director IVD Members Relations. He has more than 25 years of experience in the IVD industry and in the Healthcare sector.
Jean-Noël spent five years as Deputy Managing Director at the IVD French association (SIDIV) where he gained a large multidisciplinary expertise of IVDs and excellent knowledge of the IVDR files.
His professional history includes also positions such as Training, Development and Communication Manager in a leading IVD company (Siemens) and as Expert Support Group and Training Centre Manager at Dade Behring.
Jean-Noël holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree (PharmD.), at Poitiers University (France), and a Post-graduate Diploma (DEA) in Physiology and Pharmacology, at Bordeaux University (France).
He has a French citizenship and he is fluent in English and has good basic knowledge in Spanish.“
Laurence Couturier is Events Manager at MedTech Europe since May 2013. Her main role is to manage all aspects of MedTech Europe flagship events: The MedTech Forum and the CEO Summit.
She joined Eucomed in October 2005 as an assistant, moving to the Economic Affairs team in December 2006. In that role, she coordinated the Economic Affairs (HTA, Reimbursement, Procurement) and Community Care groups. In March 2011, Laurence moved to the Communications team and started to focus on events.
Laurence holds a degree in Translation from the ILMH (Institut Libre Marie-Haps). She is a Belgian national and native French speaker and is fluent in English.
Caroline Raets joined the Association in April 2005. She manages and coordinates the day-to-day work of the administrative department MedTech Europe, also serving the membership on general issues and acting as a hub for information on the Association and the Secretariat activities.
Caroline Raets has a double nationality Belgian/Italian with French mother tongue. She speaks Italian, English, German and Dutch.
Rie Santos joined Eucomed in June 2008 as a general assistant, becoming Administrative Assistant in March 2010. Rie’s responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Secretariat by performing overall technical, accounting and administrative functions, facilitating communication and coordination within the team, and liaising with and supporting the Eucomed membership. She is also the Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive.
Rie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from St. Paul University in Manila. A Belgian national, she is fluent in English, and has a good knowledge of Dutch and Japanese.
Aurélie Godet joined MedTech Europe in June 2017. As an all-round assistant, she helps with the day-to-day management of the office, providing administrative support as well as welcoming members and visitors.
Aurélie studied tourism, economy and English. She has worked in administration, first as an administrative assistant, then as a secretary/personal assistant, for more than 15 years in several banks/assurance, a commercial company and non-profit organisations in Belgium. Moreover, she has a 2-year experience in a managerial position in a school. She has also been very active as a coordinator in an international volunteering environment with people from several cultural backgrounds.
Through her different experiences, she had the opportunity to work with people from India, USA, Quebec, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and France.
Aurélie speaks fluently French and English, has very basic knowledge of Spanish, Hindi and Dutch.