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).
John joined Eucomed in August 2008 as Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs, after spending five years at the European Commission working in the Unit responsible for the European medical devices legislation. During his time at the Commission he also had particular experience in international regulatory cooperation (GHTF). John has over 20 years experience both on the regulatory and the industrial sides of the healthcare industry.
Prior to coming to Brussels John worked in, and managed, the Irish Notified Body, NSAI (10 years) gaining extensive European and international experience in the design approval of high-risk devices and quality management systems. He sat on the working group which developed the international quality management systems standard for medical devices, ISO 13485. He began his career in the industry with five years experience spanning the in vitro diagnostic, pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
John is a science graduate from Dublin, Ireland, with added post-graduate studies in quality control and environmental engineering.
Thecla joined Eucomed in March 2003 as office assistant. In 2005, she became the Regulatory & Technical Affairs Assistant providing support to various regulatory working groups such as the Post Market Surveillance task force and the Human Tissue Products working group. Thecla is now Project Coordinator Regulatory Affairs, and is responsible for planning, coordinating, monitoring, sharing decisions and executing project-related tasks for various regulatory working groups, including two patient safety-related task forces.
Thecla is a Communication Studies graduate from Vesalius College, part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. A native Belgian with English mother tongue, she is fluent in French and Dutch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 joined Eucomed 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 planning, coordinating, monitoring, sharing decisions and executing project-related tasks for various Eucomed activities (HTA, Funding & Reimbursement, Procurement, Community Care). She joined MedTech Europe in May 2013.
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 Assistant to the Regulatory Affairs Manager 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.
Since April 2010, she has been the 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.
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.
Victoria is a medical specialist in Family & Preventive Medicine. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Effectiveness and has Postgraduate Diplomas in HTA and Economic Evaluation in Health.
Over the past seven years, Victoria has built experience in HTA management in the public sector of Argentina, including assessments of in vitro diagnostics and medical devices and hospital-based HTA. Victoria also coordinated the local UCEETS government HTA Network and represented Argentina in Int’l HTA Networks including INAHTA.
She has experience in Clinical Trial Design & Management and data monitoring. Quality Assurance and Patient Safety have been a key focus of her work for the public sector.
She has a Polish and Argentine citizenship. She speaks English and Spanish and is proficient in French and Portuguese.
Laura Galve Delgado joined MedTech Europe in September 2016 as administrative and events assistant. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Multilingual Communication from Université catholique de Louvain.
In the past, she organized events for Belgium student associations and worked as a teacher. She supports the Market Access and Economic Policies team in administrative and organizational tasks.
Laura’s mother tongue is Spanish. She also speaks fluently French and English and has a basic knowledge of Dutch and Italian.
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.
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 5 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.
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.
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.
Clarisse Aillet has been working in Brussels for 10 years both in private and public sectors, gathering an extensive experience in EU public affairs, corporate communications, social media and stakeholder management. As a consultant, she is supporting MedTech Europe’s code of ethics revision by leading the outreach to medical societies and steering the joint discussions on the future of medical education.
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.
Merlin Rietschel joined Eucomed in January 2011 and is a senior manager in MedTech Europe’s international affairs department. Prior to this, he worked in Eucomed’s Regulations and Industrial Policy department for 4 years. 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.
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 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.
Neha joined MedTech Europe in May 2015. She comes with European healthcare public affairs experience having completed a traineeship in the European Commission’s DG for Health and Food Safety and working for the NHS European Office. Her consulting background includes advising clients such as patient groups, medical device companies, the pharmaceutical sector, healthcare professionals’ regulators and trade associations. She has also volunteered for the Red Cross EU Office and Cancer Research UK. She has covered a range of issues including research and innovation, rare diseases, chronic conditions, communicable diseases, cross-border healthcare and ageing. Neha holds a Masters in European Public Policy from University College London.
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.
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.
Claudia joined MedTech Europe in September 2016. She has previously worked at the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, where she was in charge with organising and managing business events. Prior to that, she worked at Novartis, where she assisted the European Public Affairs team in Brussels. On a constant quest to discover other cultures, Claudia previously lived in the United States, France and Czech Republic.
A Romanian native, Claudia speaks English and French, and has a conversational level of Italian and German.
For the last 15+ years, Lisa has worked with international strategic communication, external positioning and public affairs, based in Brussels. Lisa comes from Microsoft, where she as Senior Director of Communications led the digital positioning of the company throughout the European Region, and before that the company’s European Citizenship Communications Strategy towards European decision makers. Prior to Microsoft Lisa held a range of senior roles with ExxonMobil in Marketing, Communications, Media Relations and Public Affairs during her 10-year career there. Lisa’s experience in Brussels also includes the European Commission Directorate-General Enterprise, working with Industrial Policy and Competitiveness.
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.
Jerick joined MedTech Europe as Communications Manager in August 2015. At MedTech Europe, he is responsible in driving the different communication activities across its online and social platforms. He comes with a professional background on digital communications and advocacy having worked as an Account Manager at ZN, a digital consulting agency in Brussels. He was responsible in developing communication strategies and campaign planning for ZN’s public affairs and ICT clients. He also worked as publications coordinator for Microsoft and as a copywriter for Fleishman-Hillard. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He speaks fluent English and Filipino and has limited proficiency in French.
Gaël Bassetto is responsible for driving our This is Medtech blog, as well as supporting Market Access and Legal & Compliance. He comes from the European office of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF Europe), where he was responsible for all-round communications support for the organisation’s campaigns and advocacy work. Prior to this Gaël worked as a PR coordinator at RICS Europe, a Brussels-based real estate trade association. He has a Master in Multilingual Communications and International Relations from the University of Brussels (ULB).
Giulia Meneghin joined MedTech Europe in September 2015 as events trainee. 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. During her studies she developed work experiences in event organization and sales.An Italian national, she is fluent in English and Spanish and has knowledge of Chinese and German.
Ioana joined MedTech Europe in June 2016. Ioana studied Economics and International Business at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and the University of Porto.
In her past, Ioana coordinated communications projects in an international non-governmental organization; was a contributor for Forbes Romania and worked for Amazon. Her responsibilities include marketing analytics, management of digital platforms and content creation.
A Romanian national, Ioana is fluent in English and has a high command of French and Spanish.
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.
Laurence Couturier 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 became a member of the Communication team with a focus on events. Her main role is to manage key MedTech Europe events such as the European MedTech Forum and the European CEO Roundtable.
Laurence holds a degree in Translation ILMH (Institut Libre Marie-Haps). She is a Belgian national and native French speaker and is fluent in English.
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.
Caroline Raets joined EDMA in April 2005. She manages and coordinates the day-to-day work of the administrative department for EDMA, Eucomed and MedTech Europe, also serving the membership on general issues and acting as 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.
Marie-Céline Falisse joined MedTech Europe in June 2015. As a all-round assistant, she helps with the day-to-day management of the office, providing administrative support as well as welcoming members and visitors.
Marie-Céline studied Germanic Languages and Multilingual Communication at UCLouvain, spending also one semester in Germany as an exchange student. She occupied different positions in national and international NGOs as a volunteer, with focus on administration, network development and representation.
Marie-Céline speaks fluently French and English, has a good knowledge of Dutch and German and a basic knowledge of Spanish and Italian.