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Perpetual Preparedness

In April, the European Council granted the UK an extension of the Article 50 deadline to October 31. This averted a no-deal exit whereby the UK would become a “third country” overnight – at least for the time being. Since then, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May resigned, prompting a leadership contest. At the time of writing, we still have little idea how the first stage of the Brexit process will conclude, with deal, no deal, and perhaps even no Brexit, all still on the cards. This means pharmaceutical companies must continue to prepare for the worst case scenario – that the EU Treaties will cease to apply to the UK on October 31.
 
We speak with Frithjof Holtz, an expert in Advocacy & Surveillance in Regulatory Management at Merck Life Science, and head of Merck Life Science’s Brexit mitigation project to find out which issues have troubled Merck the most and what they have been doing – and continue to do – to mitigate the risks.
 

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  1. Merck KGaA, “BREXIT FAQ” (2019). Available at: https://bit.ly/2XnV120. Last accessed, July 4, 2019.

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James Strachan

Over the course of my Biomedical Sciences degree it dawned on me that my goal of becoming a scientist didn’t quite mesh with my lack of affinity for lab work. Thinking on my decision to pursue biology rather than English at age 15 – despite an aptitude for the latter – I realized that science writing was a way to combine what I loved with what I was good at.

From there I set out to gather as much freelancing experience as I could, spending 2 years developing scientific content for International Innovation, before completing an MSc in Science Communication. After gaining invaluable experience in supporting the communications efforts of CERN and IN-PART, I joined Texere – where I am focused on producing consistently engaging, cutting-edge and innovative content for our specialist audiences around the world.

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