Former Swissmedic Head of Legal Affairs Andreas Balsiger Betts to Join Sidley in Switzerland

Sidley Austin LLP

2018/12/6 17:08

Former Swissmedic Head of Legal Affairs Andreas Balsiger Betts to Join Sidley in Switzerland


GENEVA, Dec. 6/PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --

       Andreas Balsiger Betts joins along with Olivier Goarnisson to expand the
firm's capabilities and establish the first global life sciences practice
serving all language areas of Switzerland

    Sidley Austin LLP [ ] is pleased to announce
that Andreas Balsiger Betts, the former Head of Legal Affairs at Swissmedic,
will join the firm as a senior advisor in Switzerland, and that Olivier
Goarnisson, the former Director of Medical Affairs Operations and a lawyer at a
global pharmaceutical company, has joined the life sciences practice in
Switzerland as counsel. Their arrival signals the expansion of Sidley's life
sciences capabilities to serve all language areas of Switzerland, strengthening
the firm's position as a foremost provider of life sciences legal services in
Europe and globally.  

    Andreas Balsiger Betts previously served as the Head of Legal Affairs and
Member of the Management Board of Swissmedic, the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic
Products. In this capacity, he had a leading role in drafting the complete
revision of the Swiss Federal Act on Therapeutic Products and its ordinances,
which will come into force in 2019. He represented Swissmedic in all the Swiss
parliamentary committee meetings in this context as well as in all meetings
with EU member state agency counterparts. At Sidley, he will
advise on regulatory matters in the life sciences industry.

    Olivier Goarnisson combines an in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical
legal framework in both Switzerland and the EU with direct insight into the
challenges facing in-house lawyers. He possesses dual qualification as a lawyer
and medical doctor, and will focus his practice on matters related to clinical
trials, non-interventional studies, pharmacovigilance, marketing
authorizations, market access, data protection, and compliance and enforcement.

    "Andreas's arrival initiates our effort to provide the first comprehensive
global life sciences legal practice in Switzerland, offering a deep,
three-continent perspective to established global companies, to the emerging
biotechnology sector, and to the many global life sciences companies that call
Switzerland home," said Scott Bass, leader of Sidley's global Life Sciences
practice. "Andreas is highly recognized in the Swiss life sciences
industry for his in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment. His insights
into Swiss institutions will significantly bolster our ability to offer global
solutions to local challenges for clients in the life sciences sector. We are
very happy that Olivier also joins our firm, bringing his experience in a wide
range of matters related to life sciences regulatory law, specifically in the
pharmaceutical industry."

    In his role as Head of Legal Affairs and Member of the Management Board of
Swissmedic, Andreas Balsiger Betts acquired a comprehensive and in-depth
understanding of the current legal framework, as well as extensive knowledge of
the Swiss legislative processes on the parliamentary and executive levels. He
was in charge of establishing and maintaining legal guidance for Swissmedic's
policies, procedures and practice, both on the strategic and the
day-to-day level. With his division of specialized prosecutors, Andreas was
also responsible for law enforcement initiatives within the remit of
Swissmedic. Under his guidance, his team represented Swissmedic in all court
cases regarding administrative and penal decisions taken by the agency, against
claims of liability and in freedom of information inquiries.

    Olivier Goarnisson oversaw his company's execution of post-authorization
studies and related interactions with regulatory authorities. He also oversaw
programs through which the company provided support for academic research in
Europe. In this role, he ensured compliance of the company's academic support
programs with anti-corruption and pharmacovigilance requirements. He also
helped the company manage intellectual property and product liability risks
that may arise from involvement in academic research. Before
moving in-house, Olivier worked for six years as a lawyer in Sidley's Brussels
office, where he honed his skills in advising on regulatory law, clinical
trials, pharmacovigilance and data protection issues affecting clients in the
life sciences industry.

    Andreas Balsiger Betts and Olivier Goarnisson are the latest additions to
the firm's multidisciplinary and integrated global network of lawyers focused
on serving clients in the life sciences sector.

    With 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the globe, Sidley is a premier
legal adviser for clients across the spectrum of industries. Follow Sidley on
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    Kellie Mullins
    Director, Public Relations

    Source: Sidley Austin LLP