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Marc Martens

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Bird & Bird LLP

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Regulatory, Public and Administrative Law Group in Brussels.


Marc is the co-head of our International Life Sciences Group and of our Regulatory, Public and Administrative Law Group in Brussels. He provides the full range of advice in these fields, specialising in life sciences, he provides strategic advice to Belgian and international pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices companies as well as industry associations facing complex regulatory frameworks. Marc's areas of expertise cover issues relating to life-cycle management, data exclusivity, marketing and reimbursement authorisations and clinical trials. He advises numerous biotech companies and deals with a wide range of issues regarding Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products as well as cells and tissues. His expertise also covers a full range of public procurement, environmental law, REACH, RoHS, WEES and other Belgian and EU regulatory issues. He advises companies, public bodies and industry associations on related matters. Marc regularly publishes and speaks on life sciences regulatory topics and provides an introduction to Biotech Law at the University of Brussels.


Before joining Bird & Bird Marc worked a.o. for the Vice-Prime Minister in Belgium as expert in the field of re-organization and privatization of public enterprises and as a Research Assistant at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels in the field of Public Law.


Marc speaks French, Dutch and English.


Member of the Board of the Belgian Biotech sector organisation BIO.BE.


Law degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Degree in Public & Administrative Law from the University of Brussels.


EU regulatory: Food

Within: EU regulatory: Food

Bird & Bird's food practice has been advising clients on labelling issues, health claims, product classification and novel food matters, among other areas. Marc Martens and counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle are key contacts.

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EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech

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Marc Martens - Bird & Bird

Within: EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech

At Bird & Bird, department head Marc Martens and counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle are advising Pfizer on public procurement procedures concerning vaccine contracts. The duo are also advising sector organisations and on the development of the Belgian legal framework for access to human biological samples for manufacturing advanced therapy medicinal products.

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EU regulatory: information technology

Within: EU regulatory: information technology

Bird & Bird handles a range of public procurement, outsourcings, IT contracts and cybersecurity matters. Benoit Van Asbroeck and Marc Martens are key contacts.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

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Marc Martens - Bird & Bird

Within: Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

The life sciences and healthcare practice at Bird & Bird acts for a client list including BCI Pharma, Epics Therapeutic and Express Scripts. The team is regularly instructed by Pfizer and is assisting with highly sensitive negotiations concerning vaccines contracts with several governments, as well as with general advice relating to tendering procedures. It advised and on EU regulatory framework issues regarding cells and tissues; the department also advises the latter on public procurement, reimbursement issues and clinical trials. Co-head of the firm's global life sciences group, Marc Martens, heads the practice and has particular experience advising on biotech products and advanced therapies. Recently promoted counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle is a key point of contact for the coordination of cross-border projects.

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