Saskia is an Associate in the health & life sciences and trade & manufacturing practices, based in Brussels. Prior to joining Global Counsel, Saskia worked at the Council of the EU’s Directorate-General for Agriculture, Fisheries, Social Affairs and Health, supporting the interinstitutional and intergovernmental negotiations on EU health legislation. She has an academic background in global health and development. 

At Global Counsel, she supports clients within the health and life sciences industry across a range of policy issues including pharmaceuticals, public health, supply chains, pandemic preparedness and response, R&D, and health technology.

Recent examples of her work include:

  • Providing clients with a horizon scanning and analysis on EU and international health policies to navigate risks and opportunities.
  • Supporting a major pharmaceutical company with their engagement strategy, identifying relevant stakeholders and writing background briefings. 
  • Benchmarking access to healthcare initiatives by pharmaceutical companies to identify gaps and opportunities.

Latest Insights by Saskia Hirsch

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Can the European Health Data Space address transatlantic health data sharing fears?

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The European Commission’s proposed European Health Data Space (EHDS) is set to transform health systems in the European Union (EU), offering a wide range of opportunities for research, innovation and policymaking. The EHDS is a health ecosystem comprising of two digital infrastructures: an EU-wide infrastructure to store, access and control patients’ health data to…

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National resistance to joint medical procurement: fractures in the European Health Union?

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As European governments reflect on lessons from covid-19 to improve pandemic preparedness, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (EU) recently reached a provisional agreement on a new EU law on serious cross-border threats to health (CBTH). The legislation, which is part of a package of regulations for a European Health Union that aims to reinforce…

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