Olga Tzortzatou

Olga is an Attorney at Law, qualified to stand before the Court of Appeals. Her field of expertise is Privacy Law, Intellectual Property Law and Bioethics. Since 2007 she holds a position as a lawyer at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, currently the largest independent biomedical research institution of Greece, where her work consists in contractual negotiation for safeguarding intellectual property and ensuring regulatory compliance (i.a. GDPR).

Her academic research focused on the legal and ethical implications related to biomedical research. She has been a visiting lecturer in the Medical and Biology Schools of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Democritus University of Thrace, the University of Nicosia and Panteion University, she has published in Greek and foreign journals and she has recently edited a book on the implementation of GDPR a.89 across EU in biobanking research (in press Springer ed.)

She has participated and leaded ELSI Work packages in numerous EU funded projects as a legal & ethics scientific advisor (e.g B3Africa, SiENNA project (affiliated with CRB, Uppsala University), EATRIS, STRATEGY-CKD, miniNO, etc.). She is an external ethics expert at the European Commission DG Research & Innovation, a Member of Bioethics Committees (Democritus University and BRFAA), of the European Association of Health Law and an active member of Scientific Boards and ELSI working groups in European Infrastructures/Initiatives (BBMRI-ERIC ELSI and 1& Million Genomes Project).

Qualifications and Education

Olga is admitted to the Athens Bar Association since 2004. After acquiring her bachelor’s degree (LLB) from the University of Democritus she studied Theory of law at University of Athens from where she obtained a LLM (Master of Laws) and a PhD. Her thesis “Protection of sensitive personal data in the field of Biomedical Research” has been published by Sakkoulas law editions. Olga is fluent in Greek, English, French and Italian and has a good knowledge of Spanish.