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Ian Schofield

Edinburgh, U.K
Ian Schofield has been writing on issues affecting the pharmaceutical and biotech industry since the mid-1980s, specialising in EU and global policy and regulatory affairs.  As well as writing, editing and commissioning articles for Pharma Intelligence, Ian works for the Ask the Analyst service, providing tailor-made answers to questions posed directly by clients. He has a degree in modern languages from the University of Bath. Outside the realm of work, Ian plays guitar in a traditional music group and also enjoys a touch of cycling and gardening. He lives by the seaside about three miles from the centre of Edinburgh.

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