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Mr Richard Bergstrom – EFPIA – Executive Leadership Series

Authored by Karl Simpson

At the beginning of 2013 Liftstream profiled 13 life science leaders we believed were going to make an impact over the course of the year. Below we outline how Mr Richard Bergstrom performed for EFPIA in 2013.

2013 Liftstream Analysis: Mr Bergstorm was appointed Director General in early 2012 with the task of leading EFIPA into 2013 and beyond.  2013 promises to be yet another challenging year for the European industry and strong confident leadership from EFPIA will be crucial. A consistent challenge of any EFPIA Director General including Mr Bergstom will be to ensure the interests of all stakeholders are met. Mr Bergstrom will need to begin a modernisation of EFPIA and set a new agenda for coming period, Liftstream understands this work is very much underway.

• Bring leadership to the major issues driving the European pharma agenda

• Continue to work with all stakeholders to improve access to innovative medicines

2014 Liftstream Verdict: Simply put, 2013 was the year when clinical data sharing and transparency hit the mainstream news. Ben Goldacre, doctor and author, drove a campaign in the UK called ALLtrials to try to get Pharma companies to sign up to the idea of making their clinical trials data accessible for all. EFPIA as the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations was a key player under Richard Bergstrom’s leadership in driving this debate at the European level. One of the great schemes over recent years has been the Innovative Medicines Initiative which is a collaborative programme bringing together a range of stakeholders to address major healthcare issues affecting societies. This past year saw the launch of IMI2, with 2bn euros pledges, 1bn from the European Union and 1bn from industry, through EFPIA.

To see how the other leaders profiled in Liftstream’s 13 for 2013 performed please click here. Liftstream would very much like to hear your thoughts on how you believe these life science leaders performed in 2013. Please leave your comments below, email or tweet @liftstream #LSL13for13

Liftstream is an executive search and interim management recruitment company working exclusively within the global life sciences sector. 

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