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Grant Courtney

Grant Courtney

Founder and CEO of Smarter and Safer Products

Grant is the founder of Smarter and Safer Products, a Niche consulting company focused on making products both smarter and safer through digital enablement.

He is currently consulting for UNICEF supporting them with the development and implementation of a verification system to address the falsification of COVID-19 vaccines.

Prior to this he spent 24 years working in the Healthcare Industry for GlaxoSmithKline in both manufacturing, supply chain and commercial positions.

He has working closely with the European Commission, European Medicines Verification Organisation (EMVO), GS1 and other industry associations such as EFPIA, where he has been a trusted advisor in defining the industry’s advocacy and strategic approach to anti-counterfeiting and product traceability in Europe.

He was an elected member of the GS1 Global Healthcare Leadership Team for ten years, developing the organisations strategy for driving adoption of standards to increase patient safety and lower healthcare costs globally. During this time, he also held the role of co-chair of the GS1 Healthcare Public Policy group which provided advocacy and advised regulators and authorities on how to implement Global Standards. Most recently he was one of the chairs of GS1’s Digital Link Standard Development teams, working on new standards aimed at web-enabling products.

He has also been recognised through several industry awards including the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Award for preventing the spread of counterfeits in Nigeria and the Best Pharmacy Initiative - Falsified Medicines Directive anti-counterfeiting model.

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