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Karin Verzijden

Karin is a food and pharma lawyer, assisting food business operators and biotech & pharmaceutical companies bringing innovative products to the (EU) market. In particular, she facilitates commercial and R&D driven (licensing) transactions. In those transactions, she applies her specific legal and business expertise on food and pharma, including clinical trials, medical foods, Novel Foods and food supplements.

Karin also advises on data protection legislation; helping companies in getting up to speed with the GDPR requirements. Furthermore, she assists with borderline issues, advising companies on how to position their product upon market introduction. She knows how to avoid making medical claims for food products and how to make proper use of nutrition and health claims. Karin reports on current EU and international food law developments on her blog www.foodhealthlegal.com.
Karin contributes to international conferences on a regular basis. In 2018, she will be speaking at Vitafoods in Geneva, the International Life Sciences Institute Symposium in Madrid and Food Matters Live in London.

In addition to her law degree, Karin holds a Master of Arts degree in French. Karin has a broad cultural and culinary interest.

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How do we get cellular ag products to the market?

“The FDA knows just how vital it is to ensure the safety of our nation’s food supply and the critical role science-based, modern regulatory frameworks are to fostering innovation. Recent advances in…

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The Dutch National Probiotic Guide: an innovative alternative for health claims on beneficial bacteria

Probiotics are known as “beneficial bacteria” that can be found in, amongst others, dairy products and food supplements. They are defined by the joint FAO/WHO expert consultation on probiotics as “live microorganisms…

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Take # 1 on Harvard’s Clean Meat Regulatory Roundtable (9-10 August 2018)

Cultured meat has been an increasingly hot topic since the first “clean meat” hamburger was introduced in London in 2013. The technology involves using cell culturing techniques to multiply a small amount of…

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