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Pedro Franco
Director Europe for Global Regulatory & Scientific Policy (GRASP) at Merck Group


Pedro Franco holds a degree in Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Lisbon, a Master in Organic Chemistry (M.Sc) from the New University of Lisbon with collaboration with Imperial College in London and a PhD in Orphan drugs and Rare diseases from the University of Sheffield. Pedro Franco completed also his music studies (Cello) in Lisbon.

Currently, Pedro is working as a Director for Global Regulatory & Scientific Policy (GRASP) at Merck (known as EMD Serono in America and Canada) and he is mainly focus on regulatory intelligence, strategy and policy. In addition, he is the liaison for the China and Latam region concerning regulatory and policy topics. Previously, He worked at the European Medicines Agency for 12 years in different roles and departments mainly focusing on regulatory affairs, international collaboration, assessment, authorisation of medicines, orphan drugs, paediatrics, peer review, quality and strategy. Beforehand, he was working at INFARMED (the Portuguese national competent authority) as a pharmaceutical assessor. Before joining regulatory competent authorities, he worked as a post graduate research fellow in the area of toxicology, carcinogenic chemistry and drug development.

Agenda Sessions

  • Brazil: Key Regulatory Strategies