Competition law — 26/11/2021

Geradin Partners has launched a blog covering healthcare in the digital era, called The Thicket.

Geradin Partners has launched a blog covering healthcare in the digital era, called The Thicket.  

The way healthcare is provided is going through dramatic change. New technology is having a huge impact on people’s health and wellbeing.  Tech companies are lining up to enter this space and disrupt healthcare and the life sciences as they have disrupted many other sectors. While some of this will improve our lives, unchecked growth will lead to unparalleled strength as more data is gathered and positions become unassailable.  Whether it comes from tech companies or traditional players in these markets, innovation has the power to benefit everyone, and it should be protected.  The incentives to maintain entrenched positions and stifle innovation can however be powerful.  That is why the firm has set up The Thicket, a blog to discuss developments in competition, intellectual property and data protection law that affect healthcare in the broad sense, including medical devices, life sciences, and hospital care. 

The blog’s authors are competition law specialists.  They have a wealth of experience in the application of competition law to technology and pharma – when advising companies under investigation for potentially anticompetitive conduct, advising companies who are harmed by anticompetitive conduct, and as former competition authority enforcers.  In addition, the blog will feature guests with unique insights to provide thought-provoking contributions.  The authors hope to spur debate in this important area that will affect everyone.

The launch of The Thicket follows on from the success of the firm’s The Platform Law Blog, which is dedicated to digital platforms and the issues they raise for competition policy, regulation and privacy.

Please contact Stijn Huijts if you would like to discuss these issues.


Stijn Huijts

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