10 November 2017Americas

LSIPR 50 2017: Jane Philpott

Name: Jane Philpott

Organisation: Canadian government

Position: Minister of health/head of Health Canada

Health Canada has certainly played a prominent role in numerous matters touching the life sciences industry, including the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, which link Health Canada’s approval of generic products to patents listed on the patent register,” says Gunars Gaikis of Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh.

Jane Philpott, head of federal agency Health Canada, has been nominated for her involvement in the development of the regulations.

Gaikis adds: “Regardless of what IP counsel may think about various Health Canada initiatives, the reality is that it plays a vitally important role in the intersection of life sciences and IP in Canada.”

Philpott was elected as MP for Markham-Stouffville in October 2015 and appointed minister of health in November the same year. Before her political career, Philpott focused on family medicine, public health, medicinal education and global advocacy for HIV/AIDS.

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