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Registration Now Open!

Friday, April 9, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Stanford Law School

REGISTER HERE * For more details visit the EVENT WEBSITE

Many life-threatening diseases disproportionally affect people in low-income and middle-income countries. Even when treatments exist, many people are unable to afford essential medicines needed for survival. While patent protection for new medicines is necessary to incentivize drug research and development, in developing countries, these patents prevent price-lowering competition.

Professor John Barton, a member of the Stanford Law School faculty for 40 years, devoted the latter part of his distinguished career to increasing access to medicine while continuing to provide incentives for drug development. In 2008, Professor John Barton and Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler proposed a new international framework on drug pricing, favoring IP exemption for the poorest countries, an international drug approval process, divided markets in middle-income countries, and trade agreements among developed countries to ensure policies recognize and reward innovation.

In tribute to Professor Barton’s work and his dedication to increasing access to medicine, this conference aims to discuss some of the innovative new business models and intellectual property strategies, including Professor Barton’s proposal, which will make it possible for more patients to have access to life-saving medicines. Speakers will discuss business strategies to incentivize research and development, models to reduce the cost of drug development, and intellectual property, regulatory, and pricing structures effecting access to medicine.

Speakers Include:

Gregg Alton, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Medical Affairs at Gilead
Tom Bollyky, Fellow at the Center for Global Development
Robert Chess, Chairman, Nektar Therapeutics; Board member and initial Chairman, Bio Ventures for Global Health
Richard Chin, CEO of OneWorld Health
Joe Damond, Vice President of Government Relations at Pfizer
Charlie Kinzig, Vice President of Corporate Intellectual Property at GlaxoSmithKline
Carol Mimura, Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC Berkeley Intellectual Property & Industry Research Alliances
Jenik Radon, Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs
Hannu Wager, Counselor in the IP Division of the WTO, and Secretary of the WTO TRIPS Council

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This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Kelly Lowenberg at klowenberg@law.stanford.eduor visit the event website.

REGISTER HERE * For more details visit the EVENT WEBSITE

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