Law firms

It was good to see more representation from law firms at the 2011 Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit than we’ve seen in previous years. I’ve always been surprised that law firms have been so slow to promote themselves in the mHealth space as it’s abundantly clear that there is a perfect storm forming that will enable new expert leaders to emerge:

The scale of the break through (the convergence of 2 trillion dollar industries), the power that always carried mobile devices have to change behaviour and the capacity of mHealth entrepreneurs to innovate exceeds the capacity of organisations to understand it.

Giving talks at the event were Bradley Merrill Thompson, Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences Practice, EpsteinBeckerGreen, and Brian Kelly, Associate, Covington and Burling.

Epstein Becker Green

Bradley introduced the mHealth Regulatory Coalition (MRC) that he has founded and its proposals for the FDA to consider a modular software approach so that there can be discrete modules that have functional independence and reduced inherent risks.

Covington and Burling

Brian was a little lower key with his mHealth focus – his profile suggesting a particular interest in “advising nano-based companies in the life sciences sector” not that this is a bad thing though as I expect there will be multiple advantages in having expertise in some more tested regulatory field.

Case studies?

Although I accept it’s early days from a regulatory point of view I look forward to the day when lawyers are competing for clients at the various mHealth events by showcasing the successful work they’ve done for mHealth clients.

This blog post is part of a series of mHealth reviews from the 3rd Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit 2011. Click here to get the full review.

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