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ProductLife gets new CEO


Life sciences global regulatory experts, ProductLife Group ( marked the next phase in its global growth ambitions by appointing a high-profile CEO.  Xavier Duburcq joins the group after 13 years at Altran, where he was Group VP of Life Sciences and Head of Life Sciences & Chemicals.

Holding a PhD in Immunology and being a Pharmacist, Xavier was involved in his early career in the development of new medical devices for the detection of hepatitis, HIV, malaria and other blood viruses at Sedac Therapeutics and Biorad.  Crucially for ProductLife Group, he also has an impressive track record in life sciences business development, leading the transformation of Altran Life Sciences’ positioning with substantial international development across Europe, Asia and North America over the last decade.

Compounded by the current market conditions, Xavier sees an enormous global market opportunity for ProductLife Group’s managed Regulatory, Pharmacovigilance & Compliance services, as life sciences organizations focus more intently on strategic core activities.  He predicts that an already-strong outsourcing trend will accelerate over the months and years ahead, as organisations look to manage their non-core activities in the most reliable and cost-effective ways.

“ProductLife Group is ideally positioned for this with its full service contract model and ‘amplified offshoring model’, which combines the best of on- and off-shore resourcing,” says Duburcq.  “This and the organization’s global capacity will be the key to future growth.  Our strengths are in our services and its delivery model.  The current climate has forced an economic shift from physical to digital processes, resulting in a reinvention of sales channels and remote working on a massive scale.  The successful companies will be those making extensive use of digital tools to strengthen operations, customer relationships and strategic alliances.”

Xavier notes that ProductLife Group has an exceptional reputation across the global life sciences industry.  “I have known the company for years – we have shared customers – and client feedback is consistently outstanding; globally too. I have been really impressed by that,” he says.  “The calibre of the people, the quality and range of managed services, and the ability of 200+ consultants to reach 100+ countries and have people on site as needed, is quite incredible.  The opportunity to be in the driving seat, of delivering ProductLife Group’s strategic next stage of growth, is a challenge I will relish.”

“We couldn’t have hoped for a more fitting and desirable appointment, and we are delighted that Xavier was so keen to join ProductLife Group, and that he so clearly shares our vision and mind-set,” says Pierre Cuny, Group Executive Chairman in welcoming Xavier to the new CEO role.

“However challenged , the global market is right now, we couldn’t be better positioned for the period ahead.  This is undoubtedly an important day for the Group.”


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