10 November 2017Americas

LSIPR 50 2017: Judy Jarecki Black

Name: Judy Jarecki Black

Organisation: Merial

Position: Global head of IP

With more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Judy Jarecki Black has been nominated again this year because of her high level of knowledge in the life sciences legal arena.

Jarecki Black has worked at Merial since 2002 and is global head of IP at the company. She is responsible for the enforcement of Merial’s global patent portfolio, which involves obtaining patent protection, generating freedom-to-operate opinions, and undertaking due diligence for licensing opportunities.

So far, Merial has had 165 product approvals in 107 countries, and according to its website, it has ranked number one or two among the top animal health companies for the most published patent applications globally.

“Research and development is so much more than just breakthroughs. It’s a long, complex process for evolving discoveries into safe, effective solutions to the world’s animal health challenges,” says the company on its website.

Merial claims that it takes an open innovation approach: “We believe sharing knowledge throughout the company and with outside partners is the best way to reach our end goal: creating value for customers.”

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