Beazley introduces small business life sciences insurance

Beazley | December 06, 2019

Beazley has launched a new coverage aimed at small businesses in the life sciences industry. The Beazley BioSecure policy offers customized and flexible insurance protection against a range of exposures in the pharma, biotech, and medical device sectors. A release said that the policy builds on the expertise Beazley has developed through underwriting life sciences risks and managing claims for middle to large-sized clients for over a decade. Beazley also said that by offering BioSecure to smaller, private enterprise clients, it will be underwriting risks such as clinical trials, medical device manufacturers, drug delivery systems, and surgical equipment suppliers.

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