Erik is a lawyer specialised in EU legal issues relating to medical devices. He has wide experience in life sciences legislation and regulatory, at EU and Dutch level. Erik was trained as intellectual property and competition lawyer. He has gained experience in contentious matters, commercial contracts, and transactional work at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. He also worked for three large international law firms.
Erik worked and lived in Brussels for several years, and is fluent in Dutch, English, French, German, and Swedish. Erik is acknowledged by Chambers Europe for his work in the field of intellectual property and life sciences.
Erik’s software and engineering family background urged him to specialise in regulatory intellectual property and legal work in the medical technology industry. His clients range from the largest listed to the smallest startup companies.
Erik is a prolific writer and publishes in life sciences legal and regulatory journals on a wide variety of subjects. He is an editor of the Dutch life sciences law and regulatory journals Jurisprudentie Geneesmiddelenrecht and JGR Plus, as well as and author of a Dutch handbook on misleading and comparative advertising law Oneerlijke handelspraktijken, misleidende reclame en vergelijkende reclame. Additionally, he has a weblog on legal and regulatory aspects of medical technology, Medicaldeviceslegal. Erik is further authoring several medical technology chapters of RAPS' EU Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs. He often lectures at (inter)national conferences and is a guest lecturer on pharmaceutical law, medical technology law and advertising law at the universities of Groningen and Twente.
As additional external activity Erik is president of the NEN (Dutch Standardisation Institute) Platform on Software and Medical Devices.
His memberships include the Netherlands Biotech Industry Association (NIABA), the Dutch Association Pharmacy and Law (VFenR), the Dutch Association for Healthcare Law (Vereniging voor Gezondheidsrecht), the Dutch Association for Advertising Law (VvRr), and Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS)
Erik is also a cyclist, long distance runner, scuba diver, and Apple user.
Karin became involved in the life sciences field in 2008, when working in technology transfer for an academic hospital, for a period of three years. Before that, for over ten years, she worked as an intellectual property lawyer at the biggest law firm in The Netherlands and at an international firm with a dedicated IP practice. Since then, Karin has evolved into an IP licensing expert, combining her solid IP background with expanding knowledge of and appetite for the life sciences sector.
As an in-house counsel of an academic hospital, Karin gained specific knowledge of private-public partnerships. As an attorney, she, nowadays, assists both knowledge institutes and spin-outs in shaping their relationships around research and intellectual property. Furthermore, Karin works with diagnostics and therapeutics companies as well as with public service national foundations as far as advice and litigation at the crossroads of R&D and IP are concerned. In view of the ongoing convergence of the medical sciences and the food and nutrition sciences, Karin is counselling innovative entities in the food sector in regulatory issues regarding market access.
Karin’s professional memberships include Licensing Executives Society (LES Benelux), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI), the Dutch Copyright Association, and the Benelux Association for Trademark and Design.
In addition to her law degree, Karin took a master of arts degree in French. Karin also has a broad cultural and culinary interest.
Marjon has worked for several of the top Dutch law firms as a secretary, know-how and education associate, and paralegal associate. Organising all kinds of practicalities for a niche firm suits her well.
In an earlier life, Marjon studied commercial economics and political sciences (international relations). For six years, she worked and lived in different developing countries in West-Africa and South East Asia. November 2012 she graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Master International and European Law.
Marjon enjoys cooking and regularly takes Bikram yoga classes.