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Accelerating Biosimilars

“This is not the time for small changes and temporary solutions. This is the moment for bold leadership and action, and for following through on commitments. Future generations are depending on us.” – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General (1).

It’s Time For Change

Access to healthcare is a significant global challenge – not one restricted to developing or economically poorer countries. In Europe, while most of the population is covered by a public health system, funding into this system varies (from 3% of GDP in Cyprus up to 9.4% GDP in Germany) and significant proportions of the population – ranging from the self-employed to those who are undocumented – are not automatically covered (2). In addition to funding and access issues, healthcare budgets are stretched, and with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are experiencing shortages of healthcare professionals, medicines, and medical equipment, limiting access to primary care and putting patient care at risk (2-3).

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, patients struggled to receive state-of-the-art treatments, largely due to rising costs of treatment, a health workforce under pressure, and long waiting times (4). Those with chronic diseases are particularly susceptible to pricing issues, with treatment for some illnesses remaining prohibitively expensive. That, alongside indirect costs, such as lost wages, lost productivity, the need for an additional home, or childcare, all add up to a bigger problem.

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Georg Feger has 25 years’ of experience in the pharma and biotech industry in senior leadership positions. Currently serving as Executive Vice President, Business Unit, Biosimilars at Fresenius Kabi SwissBioSim, Georg’s experience includes previous senior positions in R&D, manufacturing and supply of biosimilars, NBE technologies, new products discovery, chemistry, manufacturing, and control development for Fresenius Kabi, Merck, Serono, and GSK.

Throughout his career Georg has led the discovery and development of NCEs, NBEs, and biosimilars in oncology, neurology, and autoimmune diseases resulting in two marketed products and several programmes in late stage development and submission. He successfully led international organisations in biotech and pharma including a research site for Merck/ Serono with more than 300 scientists.
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