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Dr. Thanasis Kotsanis, Medical Director Greece & Cyprus, Bayer Hellas AG

Thanasis Kotsanis 1

Professional experience

Current responsibilities as Group Medical Manager

Develop complex ethical promotion materials and strategies in conjunction with the local marketing department. Act as a medical resource for the company working with local management, marketing, medical and clinical research departments to support the promotion of complex company products and corporate research and development. Provide local medical expert input into global product development teams. Represent the company to groups of experts, medical professional groups, societies, regulatory groups at national &international scientific meetings. Participate as chairman in advisory panels and key conference activities. Assemble and manage key opinion leader advisory groups. Support the development of local complex clinical data through clinical trials and investigator studies. Analyze complex trial data and provide interpretation to marketing and sales departments. Answer and respond to complex clinical inquiries or disclosures to customers. Answer or coordinate responses to complex competitor inquiries or complaints about Gilead promotional activities. Direct surveillance and/or complaints about competitor activities and coordinate communications. Provide medical expertise in the analysis and review of complex adverse events. Manage and control activities with external suppliers such as CRO’s. Assist with training of sales force at the national, regional or territory level. Responsible for complex medical documents and files about AbbVie products.  Member of all Immunology Brand teams. Close co-working with Market- access, governmental affairs and marketing mainly as project leader. Lead of Biotherapeutics Value Team, responsible for all strategies and activities regarding biologics and biosimilars. Responsible for all Medical Affairs Team (3 medical managers & 1 MSL).

Previous appointments 

1997 – 1998       Rural duty as a doctor in Paros Island

1998 – 2000     Military service as a medical doctor.

2000 – 2002      Internal Medicine – ‘Sotiria’ Hospital of Athens

2002 – 2006     Cardiology – ‘Elpis’ Hospital of Athens

2007- 2011        Interventional Cardiologist: 1st IKA, Blue Cross & Medical Centre, Athens

2009 – 2011      Medical Advisor – Abbott Vascular Hellas

2007 – 2012     Medical Manager – Cardiovascular & Metabolics- Abbott Hellas

2013-2014        Medical Manager, Hepatitis – Gilead Sciences Hellas

2014-2018        Medical Director Greece & Cyprus, Medical Cluster Head GR-CY-BG-RO-MD, Bayer                                    Hellas AG

Academic education

1990 – 1996         Medical Diploma, Medical School, University of Athens

2000 – 2006         Diploma in Cardiology


Biostatistics Course by Medtronic 2010

Medical Marketing Skills 2011

Communications Skills & Crisis Management 2011

Brandstrat 2011

PV training by SFEE 2012

Navigating the Matrix – Networking Skills – 2013

Managing your career – 2013

Advanced Presentation Skills Training – 2013

HEOR Training – 2014

Strategical thinking for directors – 2014

Feedback & Feedforward – 2014

No limits-Innovation & Creativity = 2014


  • European Society of Cardiology
  • European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions
  • European Association of Heart Failure
  • European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • European Working Group on Computers in Cardiology
  • European Working Group on Peripheral Circulation
  • European Working Group on Acute Cardiac Care
  • Hellenic Society of Cardiology
  • Hellenic Working group of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventional
  • Hellenic Working group of Heart Failure
  • European Working Group on Coronary Pathophysiology & Microcirculation


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