Ashley Yeo is attached to the medtech titles within Informa’s Pharma intelligence division.
As Health Care editor on In Vivo (monthly hardcopy and online daily services), he writes and commissions news and feature material to meet the strategic business and market access information needs of senior players and device makers as they move innovations into the global medtech market place.
As part of the Principal Analyst team, he also contributes news delivery and insight needs across the group’s other medtech titles in the field of market access (global regulatory, reimbursement, policy changes). Key areas of focus are Germany, the UK and global themes, and EU and other outside global regulatory insight.
A linguist by training, he joined what was later to become Informa in mid-1988 as a French and German news reporter (with some other European languages also in the mix), and has been editor of three of the group’s titles (including Clinica) over a 14-year-period.
These duties are combined with supporting the growing Ask The Analyst service. He says: “This helps us as a group keep a close relationship with long-term and potential subscribers in a sector where insight and knowledge are key to our clients’ commercial success.”
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Risk management was the thread running through the ABHI’s annual regulatory conference. But the irrepressible theme of the MDR was the main draw for the 200 attendees, even though the MHRA and industry are still unaware of the shape of the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
The consensus among the UK MHRA, the national medtech industry and notified bodies remains that convergence of regulatory systems is the preferred route for the UK once it has left the EU. Meanwhile, the regulator is planning for all eventualities, as a recent parliamentary forum on the post-Brexit regulatory landscape heard.
The EU MDR represents the biggest collective change in many years for medtech companies in terms of how they prepare their approach to market. With time running short for companies’ preparations ahead of the regulation’s implementation date of 26 May next year, the UK ABHI’s final pre-MDR regulatory conference in late October will be both a checklist for companies en route to compliance and a debate about the wider role of risk in regulatory compliance.