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Besins Healthcare appoints new General Manager

Besins Healthcare UK (BHUK) has appointed Irina Spirieva as new General Manager, replacing Del Cohen who led Besins Healthcare from 2013 to 2023.

Irina has a wealth of experience in women’s health and global pharma including senior roles at Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Organon. She joins the company after a period of significant growth and commitment to invest considerable resources to upscale the manufacturing and supply of its medicines to meet the exponential growth in demand in the UK over the last few years.

Irina will report to BHUK’s Antoine Groues, Chief Operating Officer, based at Besins Healthcare’s headquarters in Monaco.

Speaking of her new role, Irina says: “I am looking forward to guiding the next phase of Besins’ activity as we work to empower men and women to make informed decisions about the management of life-impacting hormonal conditions, and through the provision of our medicines can support them to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. While progress is being made through the Women’s Health Strategy to support women’s health, I am mindful that more needs to be done to support informed decision-making to ensure better access to menopause services and medicines. We know that once women are settled on a particular HRT regimen that suits their needs, the continuity of its supply is vital to ensure optimal health outcomes. I take that responsibility very seriously at Besins.”

Irina continued: “I am pleased to see that, at last, there is recognition for the unique complexities in men’s health with the recent announcement by the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of a men’s health ambassador and the launch of a men’s health taskforce. I am hopeful that within this intent there will be a concerted policy focus to address men’s health including hormone imbalances in men, such as testosterone deficiency and associated co-morbidities. This is a neglected area of men’s health which should now be given the focus that it warrants.”

Antoine Groues, Chief Operating Officer, Besins Healthcare said: “We believe that Irina’s passion and experience in women’s health sets her apart: the company is in safe hands to help further develop its hormone-health partnership with the health systems of the UK and Ireland. Del Cohen has been an outstanding colleague and former leader, and we would like to thank him for his unwavering dedication to our company. We look forward to supporting Irina in her new role and supporting the patients she and the company seek to serve.”

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Joanna Harvey
Joanna Harvey
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