Pharma & Life Sciences consultancy E.M.M.A. International opens MENA Office

12 June 2018 2 min. read

US-based E.M.M.A. International Consulting Group has expanded into MENA with the opening of a new office in Lebanon. Responding to increasing demand in the region for its quality and regulatory consulting services, the firm has opened its first location outside the US. The office, located fifteen kilometres north of Beirut in the Northern Metm District, Mount Lebanon, will be headed by Joseph Yammine.

US-based E.M.M.A. International Consulting Group specialises in providing quality, compliance, and regulatory consulting services to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. Founded in 2009, the firm is headquartered in Farmington, Michigan, with additional offices in Clearwater, Florida, and York, Pennsylvania.

The firm offers QualiPro Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS), a business software suite that helps clients ensure product quality and regulatory compliance to US and international standards. The system helps automate quality management – from training, to document control, to supplier management – while guaranteeing compliance with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), EU, and other regulatory standards.

Now, the consulting firm has expanded into the Middle East with an office in Lebanon, having identified an increasing need for its pharma and life sciences consulting services in the MENA region. The healthcare industry is the third largest in the region – after oil & gas and banking & finance – with healthcare expenditures increasing by 6% annually. According to EMMA, regulatory authorities have also recently started enacting stricter regulations in the healthcare industry – which has increased demand for consulting expertise in the area.Pharma & Life Sciences consultancy E.M.M.A. International opens office in Lebanon“I am very excited about our new office expansion in Lebanon,” commented Carmine Jabri, President and CEO of EMMA International. “MENA is a region encompassing 22 countries and accounting for approximately 10% of the world’s population, with an average increase of 3.5% per year. Since the MENA owns around 60% of the world’s oil reserves and 45% of the world’s natural gas reserves, it is an important source of global economic stability.”

EMMA has appointed Joseph Yammine as MENA Regional Director. A seasoned quality and process engineer, Yammine will lead the firm’s expansion efforts in the region from the new Lebanon office. Prior to joining EMMA, Yammine was Regional Business Director, Lebanon, at French consultancy Quality Systems International. Yammine holds a Masters of Science in Physical Chemistry and Process & Quality Engineering from Université Denis Diderot and Univesité Technologique de Compiegne, respectively.

From their new office, located in Northern Matn, on the 7th floor of the Le Mall Building, Dbayeh Highway, EMMA will offer fully tailored services based on client needs and regulatory requirements. The firm will leverage local resources and international expertise to provide clients with consulting services that secure a high rate of success with sustainability of outcomes.