2020 Finalists

The winners of the 2020 Awards for Regulatory Excellence were announced on 19 November at a special virtual ceremony held online.

Now entering its second decade, the Awards showcase the contribution and achievement of individuals, teams and organisations across the global regulatory affairs community. Despite disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s entries were as high quality and diverse as ever, including nominations from regulatory professionals working in 15 countries across Europe, Asia, North America and South America. The 2020 finalists and winners were:

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  • WINNER - Monir El Azzouzi for The Medical Device made Easy Podcast, CEO, Easy Medical Device GmbH, Switzerland
  • Michael Day, Senior Director, Regulatory Science and Co-Head, Complex Biologics, Voisin Consulting Life Sciences, USA
  • Regulatory COVID-19 Task Force, led by Louise Hayes (Global Regulatory Lead) and Nafsika Kronidou Horst (Franchise Head Oncology), Roche, Switzerland, UK and USA
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  • WINNER - Jane Howard-Jones, Senior Director International RA, Gilead Sciences, UK
  • Hina Dixit, Regulatory Manager, New Product Evaluations, Norgine, UK
  • Mary Ryan, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Director, Penlon, UK
  • Pierre Omnes, ED, SSU & Regulatory, Syneos Health, France
  • Ruediger Pankow, Principal Consultant Regulatory Affairs, Parexel International, Germany
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  • WINNER - Faster Filing Knowledge Cycling team, led by Detlef Hold, Maxine Warren, Lincoln Shand, Therese Mainville, Roche, Switzerland and USA
  • BSc Pharmaceutical Science with Regulatory Affairs Course Team, Kingston University, UK
  • Regulatory Team at Triveritas Ltd – a knoell company (global)
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  • WINNER - Tobias Fleischmann, Principal Regulatory Affairs Specialist, PPD, Germany
  • Misae Takahashi, Regulatory Associate, Syneos Health Clinical KK, Japan
  • Shaziya Saiyed, Regulatory Affairs Associate and Pharmacist, RApport Global Strategic Services, UK
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  • WINNER - Regulatory Process Automation Factory, F Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland
  • Association of Clinical Research Organisations (ACRO) and the Decentralised Clinical Trials Working Party, UK
  • COVID-19 antiviral expedited clinical trial start-up, Regulatory Affairs Team, including Lisa Huang, Pedro Inacio, Michael Park and Christina Cocciardo, PPD, Taiwan, Portugal, Korea and USA
  • GRAvitate Hackathon and the Agile Methodology – Propelling Sanofi GRA Digital Transformation, including Mathieu Buonafine, Mickael Osseni, Michelle Halliez, Sima Desai, Elise Lefebvre, Sanofi GRA, France, USA and the Netherlands
  • Labelling Process and Documentation Redesign (LPDR), Merck Sharp & Dohme, Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA 
  • Team DocXter, led by Hrishikesh Dhongade and Sujatha Muttavarapu, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation, India and USA 
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  • WINNER - Angela Stokes, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs Services, Synteract, UK
  • Anne Dupraz-Poiseau, Chief Regulatory Officer, Orchard Therapeutics, UK
  • Francisca Paisana, Regulatory Team Leader, Roche, UK
  • Marguerite Prévotat, Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Rare Diseases, Ipsen Innovation, France 
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  • WINNER - The WAYS Pharmaceutical Services Team, led by Allison Steffen, USA
  • Estelle Decarli, Associate Director Regulatory Affairs, BlueReg, France
  • PPD Regulatory Team working on specific BMS-Celgene Partnership activities, including Sharon Morton, Rina Kacha, Regina Eguiluz, Effi Giakouvakis and Inmaculada Moron, UK, Belgium and Spain
  • Regulatory Intelligence Policy & Advocacy Team (RIPA), led by Charity Schuller, PPD, Europe and USA 
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  • Raj Long, Deputy Director, Integrated Development, Regulatory Affairs, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UK
  • Sue Harris - awarded posthumously after a career that included 30 years' experience at the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency    


Watch the online 2020 Awards Ceremony

The 2020 Awards for Regulatory Excellence Ceremony was held on 19 November as a virtual event for the first time. View the recording below to find out who won, or visit our Finalists page to learn who the winners and other finalists were in list form. 


Watch the announcement of the 2020 finalists

The finalists for the 2020 Awards for Regulatory Excellence were revealed in an event streamed live online in September 2020. Click the play button below to experience the unveiling of the shortlist.