Life Sciences: Major threats facing research and development companies

By Ruth L Stewart, BA, RN, MHA, CHE | Published October 18, 2021

Bringing life-changing drugs and medical devices to market involves a number of specialist life science companies working together to research, design, trial, manufacture and distribute new products.


It’s how these companies successfully identify and manage these complex and wide-ranging risks that determines whether they succeed or fail. We’ve created this infographic to help identify the biggest threats, and how our specialist insurance solution supports companies at every stage of the R&D life cycle.


Research and Development Companies Infographic | CNA Insurance


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A blog created for Canada. Reference:  Life Sciences: Threats facing Research & Development companies [Blog Post].

In Canada, products and/or services described are provided by Continental Casualty Company, a CNA property/casualty insurance company. The information is intended to present a general overview for illustrative purposes only. Read CNA’s General Disclaimer.

Ruth L Stewart, BA, RN, MHA, CHE
Senior Risk Control Consultant, Healthcare

Ruth Stewart is the Senior Risk Control Consultant, Healthcare for CNA Canada. Ruth brings to her role a background in clinical nursing which includes experience in surgical, intensive care and trauma nursing as well as management of risk in the not-for-profit sector. She left the healthcare sector to work with an international broker using her clinical and operational knowledge to assist acute care and long term care insureds better manage their risks. Ruth works directly with insureds to manage operational risk, and develops publications, tools and other resources to help insureds manage risk. Ruth collaborates with a team of seasoned Healthcare Risk Control/Risk and Governance professionals in the US and UK to provide a comprehensive range of risk services to CNA’s insureds.

Ruth received her nursing training from George Brown College, and her Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), and a certified member (CHE) of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL).