Mrs Maria Mavris, France

Maria joined the Research and Therapeutic team of EURORDIS as Drug Development Programme Manager in January 2008. In this capacity she is responsible for following the development of orphan drugs as an observer on the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products at the European Medicines Agency. She is also responsible for coordinating the group of high-level EURORDIS representatives who sit on the various scientific committees at EMA. Maria is also implicated in activities of the working parties at the EMA, namely the Scientific Advice Working Party (SAWP) where she is responsible for the identification of patients’ representatives to participate in Protocol Assistance and she has a supportive role for EURORDIS representatives in the Patients’ and Consumers’ Working Party.

In order to train and support patients’ representatives in regulatory activities, she is also the organiser of the EURORDIS Summer School in clinical trials and drug development, a capacity-building project for patients’ advocates in Europe.