Georgette Lalis, Director for Consumer Goods, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission, outlined the European Union’s policy on the authorization of bio-similars and expressed her wish to continue and improve transatlantic dialogue on the subject. Dr. Murray Lumpkin, Deputy Commissioner for International and Special Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration presented the U.S. perspective was. The discussion was centered on the topic of regulatory frameworks for authorizing the marketing of follow-on biologics, referred to in Europe as bio-similars. The meeting was moderated by Charles Ludolph, Senior Vice President of Stonebridge International, LLC.

The European Institute convened the third in the continuing series of discussions about the transatlantic search for common standards in new technologies, internet governance and cyber security. Jacques Bus, Head of Unit ICT for Trust and Security of the European Commission stressed the importance of bringing researchers together from both sides of the Atlantic to improve cooperation. Offering a U.S. perspective, John Kropf, Director of International Privacy Programs, Privacy Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security suggested strategic development on the international level and filling in the gaps between the E.U. and U.S. The meeting was chaired by Donald Abelson of Sudbury International, LLC.

As technological advances have created increased bandwidth, next-generation systems and higher levels of user control and participation, the rapid development of communications systems and markets cannot be ignored. In this context, The European Institute convened a special discussion with Ed Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries and David Hendon, Director of Business Relations in the Enterprise and Business Group at the British Department of Trade and Industry. The meeting was chaired by Michael Kennedy, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Government Relations at Motorola, Inc.

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