Dr. Luc Van Hove from MARACA International chairs three IVD sessions at the RAPS 2020 Euro Convergence meeting. This is the annual European convergence of regulatory professionals, which was scheduled in Brussels this year, but due to Corona, is converted to a full virtual meeting. Being part of the organizing scientific committee, Luc says “I’m excited about the scientific content of this meeting, you will enjoy it”. “It was a unique experience to move the presentations to this virtual environment”.
MARACA International received the 2020 Global Excellence Award, recognizing our focus on delivering Service Excellence.
Based in Flemish-Brabant, MARACA International is a consulting firm which provides executive-level services to medical device and pharmaceutical companies and clinical laboratories across the globe. Following MARACA recent success in the 2020 Global Excellence Awards, we got in touch with CEO Luc Van Hove to find out more.
Founded in 2017, MARACA International have focused on providing the best in-class regulatory, quality and clinical services to medical device manufacturers, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and notified bodies since inception. To start, Luc begins by offering us an insight into the firm’s specialisms and their typical clientele.
“Medical devices placed on the European market must meet the requirements of their respective regulations, so by ensuring the manufacturer has obtained the CE mark label, we are helping them provide the evidence they need to prove of their compliance. With full management of the manufacturer’s regulatory affairs activities, small and medium size manufacturers can outsource all for effective regulatory affairs management. With further hands-on training on specific parts such as risk management, clinical evidence, performance evaluation reports and the composition of technical documentation, we can facilitate your conformity assessment and understanding of the requirements for CE marking.”
“As well as SME pharmaceutical and medical device companies, we are working through our network of contacts to deliver excellence to all. In regards to our client approach, we focus on their bespoke needs, delivering interactive training sessions to help them focus on the practical implementation of their products. Having introduced a series of training modules around the European medical device regulation, our training sessions can be delivered in-class or can be accessed digitally. Collectively, it’s our mission to help bring medical technology, such as nanotechnology, from concept and development through to medical device registration. Working with our international client base we are committed to improving lives through service excellence.”
Working in a thoroughly competitive industry can make life difficult for some companies when it comes to distinguishing themselves from others. However, with more than 20 years’ experience in the field, MARACA International can offer a unique service as a medical practitioner. Luc added “Unlike many of our competitors in the region, we can advise in the development of companion diagnostic products and offer health hazard assessments for patient complaints.”
Currently, the outbreak of COVID19 is having a major impact on the operations of businesses across the globe. In particular, the pandemic has changed the ways in which MARACA are communicating with both clients and staff as Luc further explains. “The ongoing coronavirus crisis has resulted in many businesses working remotely and we are in a similar boat. Conducting virtual meetings is far from ideal but with tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams available we have been able to maintain contact with our clients throughout these difficult times.”
Unlike many others, recruitment in the medical and pharmaceutical industries in these current times is vital as we aim to fight coronavirus, as Luc goes on to explain. “We are looking for experts interested in working within our MARACA network, and currently with the coronavirus pandemic we are keen to recruit more faces as we look to play our part in putting a stop to the spread of this disease.”
Finally, Luc comments on the future of MARACA International and the plans in place to ensure the firm remain one of the leading clinical and regulatory affairs consultancies in Europe. “Going forward, we are focused on supporting our clients with innovative approaches as we look to get through the coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, bringing innovative nanotechnology-based devices in a compliant way to both the European and US markets, will be a key focus of ours.”
MedTech Summit, Brussels, June 2019
MARACA International bvba is a Belgian consulting company providing service excellence in Regulatory, Clinical and Medical Affairs services to Medical Device, IVD and pharma companies, clinical laboratories and notified bodies. These services support your product registrations in Europe under the MDD, IVDD, MDR and IVDR regulations. In the USA, our services support your submissions to the FDA.
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Luc Van Hove is a MD with > 20-yrs’ industrial experience in Medical Devices, IVD, Molecular Diagnostics, clinical studies and product registrations in EU and US. Luc is CEO and Principal Consultant of MARACA International, Belgium, and provides global consulting services for Medical Devices, IVD, CDx development, clinical studies and registrations, servicing pharma, medical device, IVD companies and clinical laboratories. To contact Luc T:+32476960153;
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Safe-N-Medtech Consortium kick-off meeting in Bilbao.
The Safe-N-Medtech Consortium initiative kicked off 2-3 May in Bilbao, in a meeting hosted by Osteba, the HTA Unit of the Health Ministry of the Basque Country (Spain) in collaboration with BIOPRAXIS-BIOKERALTY. The project is coordinated by TECNAN (an SME from Navarra, with great experience in Nano products), together with BIOPRAXIS-BIOKERALTY (the research branch of the global health companies Keralty and Praxis).
Safe-N-Medtech is an Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) initiative from the European Commission, a new and challenging approach towards upscaling the use of nanotechnologies in Europe and abroad. It represents a European investment of 18M€ over 4 years.
More than 50 founding Consortium members, including MARACA International, gathered in Bilbao, coming from 28 entities and from 13 countries to refine the basis of the collaboration, and set the scene for the first years of the Project.
Ambition and strategy
Society and clinical practice pose a growing demand on novel biomaterials, ICT, micro and nanotechnologies for innovative medical devices and in vitro diagnostics (Medical Technologies-MTs). In addition to the challenge of time, the new technologies are subjected to other pressing factors such as qualification, regulation, cost, biocompatibility and the need to be applicable worldwide. In the most recent years it is obvious that nano-enabled MTs can be applied in nearly every medical area, with a major presence and increased importance in cancer, regenerative medicine, advanced therapies, neurology, cardiology, orthopaedics, and dentistry.
SAFE-N-MEDTECH with MARACA International will build an innovative open access platform to offer to companies and reference laboratories, the capabilities, knowhow, networks and regulatory and clinical services required for the development, testing, assessment, upscaling and market exploitation of nanotechnology-based Medical and Diagnosis Devices.
SAFE-N-MEDTECH will offer a multidisciplinary and market oriented innovation approach to SME´s, Healthcare providers and Industries for the translation to the market of MTs, based on a deep understanding and knowledge of the material nanoproperties, their advanced use and applications in MTs and other aspects involved in MTs safety (electric compatibility, electromagnetic properties, etc).
Who s in?
There are 28 partners in Safe-N-Medtech, including MARACA International, a great challenge for management, but a huge opportunity to address all the key challenges to come ahead. Research Institutes, Small and larger companies, Associations, Health Technology Assessment experts, Hospitals and Care centres are amongst the partners, and ensure the project can cover all the relevant aspects of the translation of nano-enabled medical technologies.
What s next?
SAFE-N-MEDTECH starts its journey by ensuring its validity with four test cases. During the first years of the initiative, the partners will develop their services and test them, so that in four years from now, it becomes a self-sustainable and competitive services platform for companies to test and ensure their nano enabled medtechs are safe to use!
For more info on the project:
Coordinator: Tamara Oroz, TECNAN (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scientific Lead: Angel del Pozo, Biopraxis –Keralty (email@example.com)
Communication: Anaïs Le Corvec, Aura Costa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MARACA International, Partner for Regulatory and Clinical services, (www.maracainternational.com; email@example.com)
The inaugural Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) annual Regulatory Conference Europe was organized in Brussels, 13-15 May 2019. The next Convention will be held again in Brussels in May 2020.
At this first European Convention more than 300 regulatory professionals participated. MARACA International helped organize a strong European program covering regulatory topics in pharma, medical device and IVDs fields. The European Commission, Competent Authorities and Notified Bodies were well represented. The EU Commission representative gave an update on the roll out of the MDR and the IVDR.
Dr. Luc Van Hove organized a session on SME concerns with the transition of their IVDs to the IVDR. We had an audience of 50 participants and good discussions on what the stuck points are for SME while migrating their IVDs to the new IVDR. Key issues were available notified bodies; How can the equivalency road be used; What is sufficient clinical evidence; How to run a Post-market Performance study.
Dr. Luc Van Hove from MARACA International participates in the worldwide regulatory professionals’ RAPS convergence in Vancouver, Canada on 1-4 October to discuss the latest advances in regulatory affairs. He will review in particular progress of SME transition efforts to the new MDR. He wil alert that it is already very difficult for SMEs to find a Notified Body to review their design dossier for certification. Having sufficient clinical evidence for their medical devices is the other hot topic. He strongly recommends SMEs to start PMCF studies now to have sufficient clinical data in support of their design dossier.
MARACA International received the AI Acquisition International 2018 global excellence award for Recognized Leader in Quality Control Services – Belgium.
AI awarded our MARACA International focus on service excellence for our regulatory, medical, clinical and quality services to MD and IVD companies, clinical laboratories and notified bodies.
Dr. Luc Van Hove, CEO, said “we are happy receiving this AI award for global excellence”. This strengthen us in our focus on providing the best possible MARACA services to our customers.
MARACA International provides regulatory and clinical service excellence to register your MD and IVD products in Europe and the USA. We identify the gaps against the new MDR, IVDR and 21CFR. Provide training to understand these new regulations. Address the gaps in your Design Dossiers and represent you with the Notified Bodies, Competent Authorities and FDA. MARACA provides with our physician a unique CER/PER review service. Our physician can develop your PMCF/PMPF plan and assist you with your clinical studies and risk management.
MARACA International presents its services at the MedTech Summit Meeting on 11-15 June in Brussels at Hotel NH Brussels Bloom. When you have questions about the new MDR or IVDR and the impact on your company, contact Dr. Van Hove at www.maracainternational.com and we’ll get you on the right track.
MARACA International bvba is a Belgian consulting company providing service excellence for Regulatory, Quality, Clinical and Medical Affairs assignments at Medical Device, IVD and pharma companies, clinical laboratories, notified bodies and governmental agencies. These services support your product registrations in Europe under the MDD, IVDD, MDR and IVDR regulations. In the USA, our services support your submissions to the FDA. Our services include training, Quality System management, risk management, development of Design Dossiers and Technical files, registration of devices, clinical evaluation reports, scientific validity reports and post-market follow-up plans and reports.
MARACA International has announced it will be present at the EU MD IIS Meeting in Brussels.
MARACA International is a Belgian consulting company providing service excellence for regulatory, quality, clinical and medical affairs assignments. The company serves medical device, in-vitro diagnostic device (IVD) and pharmaceutical companies, as well as clinical laboratories, notified bodies and governmental agencies.
These services support your product registrations in Europe under the Medical Device Directive (MDD), In-Vitro Diagnostic Device Directives (IVDD), Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In-Vitro Diagnostic Device Regulation (IVDR) regulations. In the US, MARACA’s services support your submissions to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
MARACA International’s services include training, quality system management, risk management, development of design dossiers and technical files, registration of devices, clinical evaluation reports, scientific validity reports and post-market follow-up plans and reports.
Visit MARACA International at the meeting from 16 May to 17 May at Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel.
MARACA International CEO Dr Luc Van Hove has announced he will be making a presentation regarding the in-vitro diagnostics regulation (IVDR) implementation from an in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) company perspective at the RAPS Workshop on IVDR & MDR.
Taking place from 16 May to 17 May in Brussels, Belgium, attendees will gain an understanding of the general safety and performance requirements (GSPR) changes versus the essential requirements (ER), as well as on the transition strategies for the implementation of the IVDR and the medical device regulation (MDR).
The RAPS Workshop is a key opportunity for visitors to learn the practical applications of the new EU regulatory requirements. Regulatory affairs experts will share valuable insights and unique perspectives on how to address the challenges posed by new regulations.
Sessions will include keynote speakers from the European Commission (EC), updates on the competent authority medical devices (CAMD) roadmap, and both MDR and IVDR changes related to clinical expectations, general safety and performance, technical documentation, labelling and post-market requirements.