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On the Pulse

Welcome to ‘On the Pulse’ delivered by the Global Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector Group

A video/podcast series, On the Pulse, brings together CMS lawyers and experts to discuss key industry topics impacting, innovating and disrupting the life sciences & healthcare sector. The series is hosted by Nick Beckett, Global Co-Head of CMS Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector Group.

Subscribe, download, watch and listen to the CMS ‘On the Pulse’ videos here and podcasts here.


New! Episode #8 - Public Procurement

Nick Beckett discusses with Virginie Dor (CMS Belgium), Bernt Elsner (CMS Austria) and Caroline Hobson (CMS UK).

In this episode, we discuss:

  • the importance of public procurement in the Healthcare sector, representing approximately 10% of GDP in the E.U.
  • the challenges for public procurement in extreme and unforeseen emergencies, including COVID-19
  • the scrutiny of direct awards and potential legal challenges and sanctions
  • the joint centralised procurement of vaccines in short timeframes and the benefits and pitfalls of such approach
  • in what circumstances exclusivity, including due to IP rights or technical barriers, can justify derogation from public procurement procedures
  • what changes do U.K. companies face in public procurement procedures in the E.U., and vice versa, in light of Brexit

Previous episodes


New! Episode #8 - Public Procurement

Episode #7 - Telemedicine

Episode #6 - Collaboration Disrupted: New models and players in Life Sciences collaboration

Episode #5 - Product Liability & Medical Malpractice

Episode #4 – Digital Health – Part 2

Episode #3 - Digital Health – Part 1

Episode #2 - Advertising of medicines and medical devices

Episode #1 – A legal roadmap for Cannabis