Milica is an accomplished Regulatory Affairs professional with 30 years’ experience in quality assurance, engineering, clinical and regulatory affairs. Her core strength is in building lean regulatory functions that work seamlessly with the business to enable growth while ensuring full compliance across existing and new portfolios of products sold globally.
Milica began her career in the medical devices industry as an engineer with an overseas medical device company, working on a key technology transfer project before migrating to Australia and moving into a regulatory focused role with the Nucleus Group. Taking on her first QA and regulatory affairs leadership role with The Fred Hollows Foundation in 1997, Milica worked to develop capability at a local level in Nepal and Eritrea to build a self-sustaining regulatory affairs and quality function.
Milica joined Cook Medical in 2002 as Head of Quality Assurance, Regulatory & Clinical Affairs, tasked with transitioning over 400 licenses in response to TGA regulatory changes and leading the company’s expansion into APAC from a regulatory perspective. As the business doubled in size, her remit expanded across Regulatory Affairs for the Asia Pacific region, leading major projects underpinning sustainable business growth and operations to transition licenses in Japan and secure regulatory approvals in emerging markets.
Milica’s strength stems from her ability to balance technical expertise in the areas of QA and compliance with a commercial pragmatism that prioritises the achievement of overall business objectives. This and her ability to build enduring partnerships of trust and collaboration with a varied stakeholder base has been the key to her success to date.
Milica is currently undertaking a 12-month advisory role with Cochlear, providing expert guidance on regulatory affairs facilitating achievement of an APAC expansion strategy.