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Exporting Healthcare & Life Sciences to Colombia

Thursday, 25 March 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Join key officials from the Department for International Trade (DIT) Southwest, the British Colombian Chamber of Commerce and SPI Americas for a comprehensive look at the Colombia healthcare and medical devices market in 2021.


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What will I learn?

This webinar is suitable for both new and existing exporters to Colombia and will cover steps to start or further expand presence in the Colombia market. Both the legal and regulatory environments will also be discussed, ensuring attendees receive the most relevant updates on market conditions.


Please scroll down the page to see the list of speakers.


Who is this event for?

This webinar is open to healthcare life science, medtech, medical device and pharmaceutical businesses in the South West.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept bookings out of the South West area or bookings from service providers/intermediaries.


Why Colombia?

Over the last two decades Colombia has developed rapidly and is now the third largest medical device and fourth largest pharmaceutical market in Latin America. Healthcare is established by law as a fundamental right for all Colombian citizens and there is a regulated social security system; it is developments such as these that marked Colombia in 2020 as the 37th and most recent member country of the OECD. 

In 2018 total healthcare expenditure as a percentage of GDP was 7.6%; with strong investment in the public sector healthcare system and the country's growing noncommunicable disease burden, demand in this sector continues to grow. Backed by a middle class that has doubled over the last 15 years, the private sector also continues to expand, representing 29% of overall healthcare spend. 


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Please Note: We will send you details of the online platform and login details prior to the event.


This event is organised in association with the Western Gateway Partnership.


Business West (delivery partner for the Department for International Trade)  is committed to providing a professional, friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all participants at its events. Inappropriate behaviour on video, audio & chat facilities will not be tolerated during any portion of a meeting or event. It will be at the sole discretion of the host/facilitator to immediately expel any participants from the event if their behaviour is deemed to be inappropriate and/or offensive.

Privacy Policy

We take your data very seriously and are committed to the privacy and security of it. This event is organised by Business West, delivery partner for The Department of International Trade for the SW,  their privacy policies are available at DIT Personal Information Charter.

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Jamie Shaw, Healthcare Life Science Sector Specialist at DIT - Western Gateway

Jamie comes with significant private sector experience where most recently he was based overseas as an International Account Manager for China’s largest medical device manufacturer, Mindray. Jamie worked with overseas subsidiaries within the business and supported/implemented new direct/indirect sales channels in a number of territories; working with both public and private sector healthcare institutions.


Michael Phillips, Executive Director of BritCham Colombia, the British Chamber of Commerce in Colombia.

Michael has been working for the chamber in Bogotá for 4 years, and has worked in the commercial area, marketing, communications, and as Director since May 2020.

Michael studied Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Bristol in the UK, where he specialised in modern languages, translation, and Latin American literature and history, and also did an Exchange semester at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá.

Michael began his career with a British company in Bogotá, in the international education sector. There he developed his marketing, translation and interpretation skills. He then worked at a security company where he improves his business development and research capabilities.

In 2015, Michael started with the British Embassy in Colombia, working in the visa department, where he was able to travel throughout the region.

In 2017, and to date, he has been the Deputy Director and now the Director of the British chamber. Thanks to this role, he has become an expert in international trade, working with companies from the United Kingdom and Latin America in exporting, or establishing themselves abroad. He has consulted for companies in various sectors, including agriculture, education, defence and security, life sciences, food and beverage, financial services, among others. He has a wealth of experience with the public and private sectors in the UK and Latin America, and is an expert in public relations.


Jorge E. Rodriguez, Life Sciences Officer at the Department for International Trade, Colombia

Jorge is an Industrial Microbiologist, working as a Trade Adviser with the UK's Department for International Trade (DIT). Based in Colombia, he is focusing on assisting UK companies looking to export to and/or set up in Colombia. He works primarily with exporters and buyers in healthcare and life science sectors with a focus on pharmaceuticals, medical devices and digital health.


Alvaro Rincon M, General Director & Isabel Sanin LL, Regulatory Affairs Director at SPI Americas

For more than 30 years, Alvaro has been advising companies and individuals in matters relating to IP and RA, developing strategies so that his clients can protect their assets and comply with local regulations. For more than 25 years, Isabel has supported clients with regulatory affair matters including, but not limited to QA, auditing, documentation and compliance in Colombia and Latin-American countries.