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Natasha Barrow


Natasha holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Leeds. During her degree she completed an industrial placement with Johnson & Johnson, working in regulatory affairs, medical devices. After graduating from university she worked for a regulatory consultancy firm, across medicines, medical devices, food supplements and cosmetics. In 2022 she moved to London to work for the UK consumer healthcare association. She joined Medtech Insight in November 2023, and reports on EU regulations concerning medical devices and diagnostics, such as digital health, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

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