Life Sciences Committee

The Life Sciences Committee is an LESI Industry Committee that serves as the focal point for the members of the Life Sciences industries.


The mission of the Life Sciences Committee is to promote licensing in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agrobio, genetic engineering, medical diagnostics and associated industries by, inter alia, promoting networking among its members, sponsoring appropriate educational activities such as workshops, lectures, and seminars and identifying and collaborating on problem areas of concern to, and major new developments in, these industries.


The goals of the Life Sciences Committee for 2018-2019 include the following:

  • Join together Committee members from numerous national societies to share their countries' laws and licensing best practices on topics of interest in life sciences
  • Implement an Industry Advisory Board to ensure relevance in programming and activities
  • Participate in programming for workshops at the LESI Annual Conference or at other major LES Conferences
  • Secure and sponsor publications in les Nouvelles
  • Populate and maintain the Committee's page on the LESI Website
  • Support life science initiatives of the Young Members Committee
  • Support the Life Sciences Royalty Rate Surveys

Scheduled Committee Calls

  • 25 July 2018
  • 16 October 2018
  • 23 January 2019
  • TBC April/May 2019

Committee Leadership

Committee Co-Chairs:


  • Julie Barnes-Weise (LES USA/Canada) [Strategic Initiatives - Access to Medicines etc.]
  • Axel Berger (LES Germany) [Young Members Congress]
  • Sunita Sreedharan (LES India) [Webinars]
  • TBD [Marketing Communications]
  • Mark Wilson (LES Britain/Ireland) [GTIF Liaison]
  • Kate Berezutskaya (LES USA/Canada) [Programming]

National Society Liaison:

  • Anatole Krattiger (LES Switzerland)
  • Rob McInnes (LES Australia/New Zealand)
  • Sumiko Kobayashi (LES Japan)
  • Laurence le Texier (LES France)
  • Elizabeth Gildea (LES USA/Canada)
  • Jan B. Krauss (LES Germany)
  • Robynne Zevenster (LES South Africa)

Board Liaison and Advisors:

  • Rob McInnes (LESI Secretary)
  • Pam Cox (LESI Vice President)
  • Fiona Nicolson (LESI President Elect)
  • Chris Katopis (LESI Executive Director)
Contact the Committee Chair - Gary Keller ( and Hayley French (

Interested in joining this committee?  Fill out our Committee Application Form

The 2016 Global "Life Sciences" Royalty Rates & Deal Terms Survey is now available to members here.

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