Welcome to our blog dedicated to Life Sciences. We report on EU and national regulatory, compliance, intellectual property and transactional developments in the sector. We focus on (bio)pharmaceuticals and medical technologies, and also cover food and beverages, cosmetics and other healthcare products.

Federal Circuit upholds finding that Broad Institute CRISPR patents in plant and animal cells do not overlap with UC Berkeley patents

Jacqueline Bore

CRISPR-Cas9 is a remarkable gene editing technology which has the potential to revolutionise the development of medicines, particularly those for genetic diseases and cancer. Pharmaceutical companies have been quick to partner with innovators who have begun to find ways to commercialize CRISPR-Cas9, both as a research tool and as a route to the development of Read More

Dutch antitrust watchdog to conduct extensive investigation into proposed merger of independent treatment centres

Iradj Nazaryar

On 17 August 2018, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) published its decision that two independent treatment centres for certain specialist medical care, NL Healthcare Clinics and Bergman Clinics, must apply for a merger licence. A merger licence must be applied for where a proposed merger is not cleared by the ACM after an Read More

UK Department for Health and Social Care publishes an initial code of conduct for use of digital technology

Emma Keeling

As big data continues to be big news and data protection law continues to evolve, it is timely that the Department for Health and Social Care (the Department) has published a code of conduct relating to the use of data-driven health and care technology (the Code). Published in its initial form on Wednesday, the code Read More

Processing of health data: first implementing decree on French Personal Data Protection Act

Laurie-Anne Ancenys

Decree 2018-687 implementing Act 2018-493 of 20 June 2018 on the Protection of Personal Data was recently published in the French Official Journal. The decree amends Decree 2005-1309, which implemented the 1978 French Data Protection Act. In particular, it amends the provisions concerning the processing of personal health data by including operating provisions on the processing of Read More

New directive on GMP transposed into Belgian law

Tine Carmeliet

On 20 July 2018, the Royal Decree of 27 June 2018, which implements Commission Directive 2017/1572 as regards the principles and guidelines of good manufacturing practice for medicinal products for human use (GMP Directive), was published. The decree should have been implemented on 31 March 2018, when the GMP Directive entered into force. While the Read More