María Juliana Rodríguez


A lawyer with wide experience in the design and implementation of public policies in the trade and health sectors, as well as in the negotiation, implementation and use of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements in their sections on regulated products, intellectual property and technical obstacles to trade. She is an expert on health law and the legal and technical affairs of the health authority, and the development of pharmaceutical industry objectives with reference to intellectual property rights.

She started her professional career at the Invima (National Food and Drug Surveillance Institute), where she mainly acted as a legal adviser to the Office of International Affairs in areas related to drugs, intellectual property and negotiation and implementation of trade agreements.  She then worked at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, at the Intellectual Property Group in the Foreign Investment, Services and Intellectual Property Division, and in the Productive Transformation Program, supporting the implementation of the inter-administrative agreement signed between Invima and the Ministry of Trade for the optimization of health proceedings.

Her two latest positions were as an Adviser to the Office of the Minister of Health and Social Protection (2016-2017) for the implementation of a national pharmaceutical policy, particularly measures related to intellectual property, and as a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the National Medicines and Medical Devices Pricing Commission, and Head of the Office of International Affairs at Invima, where she was responsible for managing the institute’s international relations and cooperation, as well as opening third markets for exporting products within Invima’s jurisdiction.

She is an attorney with a specialization in intellectual property from the University of Rosario, Colombia, and she holds a Master´s degree as a Legal Corporate Adviser from the University Carlos III in Madrid.