Human Medicines Research and Development Support

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The European Medicines Agency's Human Medicines Research and Development Support Division is in charge of providing scientific advice on all products and issues related to medicine development and proposing measures specifically aiming at fostering development of new medicines in orphan diseases and paediatric populations.

It is responsible for provision of regulatory intelligence to Agency staff, scientific bodies and interested parties throughout the medicinal-product lifecycle and coordinating the development of best evidence to support regulatory decision-making, manage research projects and scientific procurement, and liaising with research funding bodies.

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Head of Human Medicines Research and Development Support

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Head of Human Medicines Research and Development Support

Zaide FriasZaïde Frias*

Nationality: Belgian / Portuguese

Career to date:

  • Head of Human Medicines Research and Development Support, European Medicines Agency (2015-present)
  • Head of Human Medicines Research and Development Support (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2013-2015)
  • Head of Regulatory Affairs and Best Evidence, European Medicines Agency (2013-present)
  • Head of Regulatory Affairs, European Medicines Agency (2009-2013)
  • Regulatory Affairs Adviser, European Medicines Agency (1999 -2009)
  • Regulatory Safety Officer, Pfizer SA, Brussels, Belgium (1996-1999)
  • Quality Control Supervisor, Pfizer SA, Brussels, Belgium (1995 -1996) 
  • Trainee, European Commission Directorate-General for Environment and Public Safety, Brussels, Belgium (1994-1995)
  • Community Pharmacist, Pharmacies Populaires de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium (1993)

Education:

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* Jordi Llinares Garcia is acting as ad interim Head of Division during Zaide Frias’s maternity leave from 1 March 2015.

Product Development Scientific Support

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Head of Product Development Scientific Support

Jordi LlinaresJordi Llinares Garcia

Nationality: Spanish

Career to date:

Education:

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Deputy Head of Product Development Scientific Support

Spiridon Vamvakas

Nationality: German / Greek

Career to date:

  • Deputy Head of Product Development Scientific Support, European Medicines Agency (2015-present)
  • Head of Scientific Advice, European Medicines Agency (2009-present)
  • Deputy Head of Scientific Advice and Orphan Drugs (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2004-2009)
  • Principal Scientific Administrator, European Medicines Agency (1999-2004)
  • Associate Professor, University of Würzburg, Germany (1999-present)
  • Privat Dozent, University of Würzburg, Germany (1993-1999)
  • Lecturer, University of Würzburg, Germany (1990-1993)
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Rochester Medical Center, United States (1988-1990)
  • Assistant, University of Würzburg, Germany (1984-1988)

Education:

  • Board-certified physician for pharmacology and toxicology, Bavarian Chamber of Physicians, Munich, Germany (1994)
  • Habilitation for pharmacology and toxicology, University of Würzburg, Germany (1993)
  • Medical degree, University of Würzburg, Germany (1984)

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Head of Scientific Advice

Spiridon Vamvakas

Nationality: German / Greek

Career to date:

  • Head of Scientific Advice, European Medicines Agency (2009-present)
  • Deputy Head of Product Development Scientific Support, European Medicines Agency (2015-present)
  • Deputy Head of Scientific Advice and Orphan Drugs (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2004-2009)
  • Principal Scientific Administrator, European Medicines Agency (1999-2004)
  • Associate Professor, University of Würzburg, Germany (1999-present)
  • Privat Dozent, University of Würzburg, Germany (1993-1999)
  • Lecturer, University of Würzburg, Germany (1990-1993)
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Rochester Medical Center, United States (1988-1990)
  • Assistant, University of Würzburg, Germany (1984-1988)

Education:

  • Board-certified physician for pharmacology and toxicology, Bavarian Chamber of Physicians, Munich, Germany (1994)
  • Habilitation for pharmacology and toxicology, University of Würzburg, Germany (1993)
  • Medical degree, University of Würzburg, Germany (1984)

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Head of Paediatric Medicines

Paolo TomasiPaolo Tomasi

Nationality: Italian

Career to date:

Education:

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Head of Orphan Medicines

Kristina LarssonKristina Larsson

Nationality: Swedish

Career to date:

  • Head of Orphan Medicines, European Medicines Agency (2014 – present)
  • Scientific Advice Administrator, European Medicines Agency (2006 – 2014)
  • Study Delivery Operations Specialist, AstraZeneca R&D Mölndal, Gothenburg, Sweden (2003-2006)
  • Trainee, Scientific Advice and Orphan Drugs, European Medicines Agency (2003)
  • Medical writer, Cell Therapeutics Scandinavia AB, Gothenburg, Sweden (2002 - 2003)

Education:

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Regulatory, Science and Innovation Support

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Head of Regulatory, Science and Innovation Support

To be appointed.

Head of Regulatory Affairs

Sónia Ribeiro

Nationality: Portuguese

Career to date:

  • Head of Regulatory Affairs, European Medicines Agency (2014-present)
  • Regulatory Affairs Adviser, European Medicines Agency (2009-2014)
  • Scientific Administrator, European Medicines Agency (2005-2009)
  • National expert on Secondment, Scientific Administrator, European Medicines Agency (2004-2005)
  • Scientific Administrator, Infarmed, Lisbon, Portugal (2000-2004)

Education:

  • Post-graduation degree in Economic Evaluation of Medicines, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão e Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal (2002)
  • Degree in Pharmaceutical sciences, Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal (2000)

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Head of Science and Innovation Support (ad interim)

Corinne de VriesCorinne de Vries

Nationality: Dutch

Career to date:

  • Head of Science and Innovation Support (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2015-present)
  • Head of Risk Management review (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2013-2014)
  • Scientific Administrator, European Medicines Agency (2013)
  • Professor of Pharmacoepidemiology, University of Bath, United Kingdom (2008-2013)
  • Senior Lecturer and Reader, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom (1999-2007)
  • Research Fellow, University of Dundee, United Kingdom (1998-1999)
  • Research Fellow, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (1993-1997)

Education:

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