Essential Pharma has announced the appointment of Andrew Webb as general counsel, EVP Legal and Compliance in the UK.

With significant global pharmaceutical corporate and mergers and acquisitions experience, Andrew joined Essential’s senior management team in the UK as general counsel.

Prior to joining Essential Pharma, Andrew spent over three years at Accord Healthcare where he worked as UK & Ireland general counsel and associate vice president of Legal Transactions for EMENA.

Starting his career at Linklaters, a leading multinational law firm, Andrew spent over 11 years managing numerous global transactions both at home and abroad in the pharmaceutical sector.

During his time at Linklaters, his global knowledge of the life science industry was established, including during over nine months in Switzerland working with Novartis on secondment and approximately two years in Linklaters’ New York office.

Andrew has a BA in Law from the University of Oxford and is a trustee for the charity London Playing Fields Foundation.

Steen Vangsgaard, CEO of Essential Pharma, commented: “I am thrilled to welcome Andrew as our new General Counsel and look forward to leveraging his knowledge of global markets as we accelerate our commercial efforts. Andrew’s proven operational and commercial expertise will be invaluable to the senior management team as we scale-up and further expand our product portfolio with the potential to substantially improve the lives of patients.

“Essential Pharma is at a pivotal time in its development as it further expands its product portfolio and looks to grow to new international patient populations,” added Andrew Webb. “The company has built a compelling portfolio of products and continues to gather momentum to provide therapies where there is a high unmet medical need. I very much look forward to working with the team to capitalise on business opportunities and deliver value to patients, payers and our business owners.”

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