Our Team – Secretariat & Board

Our team in Brussels provides expert insights into legal, public policy, and government affairs. Together with our members, the EUCOPE Secretariat analyses, monitors, and engages on multiple topics and issues in the world of pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies and medical technologies. Meet our Secretariat and Board Members below.

EUCOPE’s Team

Alexander Natz

Alexander Natz

Secretary-General

Alexander Natz is the Secretary General of the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE) in Brussels and advises innovative pharmaceutical and biotech companies, including start-ups, in regulatory and pricing & reimbursement matters from the EU law and German law perspective.

From 2008 to 2013, he was Head of the Brussels Office of Bundesverband der Pharmazeutischen Industrie e.V. (BPI). Before, he worked as a lawyer at Sträter Law Firm in Germany with a special focus on managed entry agreements and licensing of pharmaceuticals. Dr. Natz has also worked in the field of competition law with the European Commission and in the pharmaceutical industry. As a research assistant at Duke University (USA) he has dealt with international pharmaceutical law. His doctorate was supervised by the former judge at the European Court of Justice, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Everling.

Oliver Sude

Oliver Sude

Deputy Secretary-General and Legal Counsel

Dr Oliver Sude is the Deputy Secretary General and General Counsel of the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE). He provides strategic legal advice on all legislative and policy dossiers relevant to the EUCOPE membership.

Oliver is a German-qualified lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of life sciences. Before joining EUCOPE, he worked with international law firms focusing on EU regulatory affairs, intellectual property, and market access issues.

Maren von Fritschen

Maren von Fritschen

Senior Regulatory Affairs Advisor

Dr. Maren von Fritschen is the Senior Regulatory Affairs Advisor for the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE). She oversees several focus groups such as Research & Development, Medical Devices, PV, Clinical Trials among others. She has gained experiences working for a variety of companies ranging from small and medium sized / start-up companies to global acting entities.

Maren is a passionate and dedicated networker, stimulating debate between all involved stakeholders and advocating for the pharmaceutical industry on behalf of EUCOPE at the EC, EMA, HMA, CMDh and other fora, focusing on Regulatory Science, Regulatory Intelligence and Regulatory Policy. In addition, Maren is engaged in several industry organisations and advisory boards including the Drug Information Association (DIA) as previous chair of the Regional Advisory Group EMEA and the EU funded Strengthening Training of Academia in Regulatory Sciences and supporting regulatory Scientific Advice (STARS) project.

She is also the founder and CEO at AddOn Pharma GmbH and appointed professor at the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin supervising the international Master’s program of Life Science Management.

Vittoria Carraro

Vittoria Carraro

Government Affairs Associate Director

Vittoria Carraro is the Associate Director for Government Affairs for the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE). She leads EUCOPE’s work on pharmaceutical incentives and rare diseases. Previously, she was External Relations Director for the European Pain Federation, a European non-profit healthcare professionals organisation focused on pain management, and Account Manager (Health Policy and Market Access) for Edelman, a global public affairs consultancy. Ms Carraro has been working on innovation and health policies through her accumulated professional experience including with the European Commission (DG Sante), national and regional governmental institutions. She was a Member of the Committee on Data for Healthy Societies of the European Health Parliament from 2018-2019 and currently, she is part of the multistakeholder group the European Expert Group on Orphan Drugs Incentives.

Matias Olsen

Matias Olsen

Public Affairs & Policy Manager

Matias Olsen is the Public Affairs and Policy Manager for the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE). Matias supports EUCOPE on key topics, covering among others, EU HTA, advanced diagnostics, the Pharmaceutical Strategy, EU’s cancer plan, blood, tissues and cells legislation and relevant market access topics. He coordinates members’ thematic working groups, including the P&R/Market Access Working Group, the Genomics Working Group and the EU HTA Regulation Task Force.

Matias has previously advocated on behalf of European cancer patients, and before moving to Brussels worked in the claims department of the Norwegian Social Security Administration before he switched his role from reimbursements to the control department, where he worked with the coordination of social security within the EU/EEA.

Saskia Jansen-Kilian

Saskia Jansen-Kilian

Office Manager

Saskia Jansen-Kilian is the Office Manager for the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE). As Office Manager, she covers a wide diversity of member relations tasks as well as office management activities. She is responsible for managing finances, providing administrative support to the team, and assisting EUCOPE´s Secretary General.

Prior to joining EUCOPE, Saskia worked for the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union. As part of the office management team of the economic department, Saskia accompanied the German Council Presidency and gained insight into the procedures of the European institutions.

Victor Maertens

Victor Maertens

Government Affairs Manager

Victor Maertens is the Government Affairs Manager for the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE). Victor leads EUCOPE’s policy work on the Pharmaceutical Strategy and in the area of Cell and Gene Therapy. Prior to joining EUCOPE, Victor worked for Brussels-based consultancies, providing pharmaceutical companies, trade associations, and NGOs advocacy, strategy, and communications advice. His experience and interests include ATMPs, antimicrobial resistance, OMP, blood policy, and neglected tropical diseases.

Dante Di Iulio

Dante Di Iulio

Communications & Business Development Manager

Dante Di Iulio is the Communications and Business Development Manager for the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE). He is responsible for the overall communications activities of EUCOPE, ensuring visibility, reputation growth and expansion of the organisation. Prior to joining EUCOPE, he served as the Communications Manager for the European Patients’ Forum and has managed several projects, brands and communications campaigns for private and public sector organisations in North America, Africa and Asia.

Leander Vranken

Leander Vranken

Policy Officer

Leander Vranken is the Policy Officer of the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE). He will be focusing on Digital Health and other related policy areas. Before joining EUCOPE, Leander worked as a policy researcher at a Brussels based EU affairs consultancy in the EU public health sector where he was extensively involved in the policy monitoring of health-related legislative developments. Furthermore, Leander worked in Dutch national public affairs and EU regional policy for several NGOs based in the Hague and Brussels.

Executive Board

Jan G. Smith

Jan G. Smith

Chairman

Leslie Galloway

Leslie Galloway

Vice Chairman

Gilles Pluntz

Gilles Pluntz

Vice Chairman

Diego Ardigò

Diego Ardigò

Toon Digneffe

Toon Digneffe

Benjamin Gannon

Benjamin Gannon

Rüdiger Gatermann

Rüdiger Gatermann

Gunther Herr

Gunther Herr

Christian Hill

Christian Hill

Kai Joachimsen

Kai Joachimsen

Peter Martin

Peter Martin

Konstantinos Panagoulias

Konstantinos Panagoulias