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Ian Schofield

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Edinburgh, UK
Ian specialises in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, mainly in the EU and the UK but also in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and certain African markets. His key areas of focus are clinical trials, market access, intellectual property issues, global regulatory alignment and pandemic preparedness. A modern languages graduate, he worked in the European travel industry before joining Scrip in 1985 as a reporter covering the French and Italian markets. He subsequently held posts including Deputy Editor of Scrip and Principal Analyst at Informa, before taking up his current position at the Pink Sheet. As well as writing news, features and analysis, Ian is part of the Ask the Analyst team that produces on-demand tailored reports for subscribers. His non-work interests include cycling, travel, paddleboarding and playing traditional Scottish music.

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