Georgetown University Hosts International Conference on Patents and Public Health

October 06, 2003

Conference on Intellectual Property and International Public Health
"Innovation Answering the World's Public Health Needs"

Hosted by the Georgetown Business Ethics Institute, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Monday, October 6 - Wednesday, October 8, 2003

All receptions and conference sessions will be held at the Georgetown University Conference Center at the following times:

Monday, October 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception.
Tuesday, October 7, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Conference Sessions.
Wednesday, October 8, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Conference Sessions.

Following the World Trade Organization's recent agreement with the international pharmaceutical industry to provide developing nations with greater access to lifesaving medicines by altering global trade policy, more than 150 global health authorities, policy makers, pharmaceutical strategists, economists and intellectual property experts from 45 nations will explore the complex relationships between patents, innovation and public health. Delegates will discuss improving the relationship between the global patent system, new drug development, the pricing of drugs, and socially responsible ways of providing access to medicine for people in need.

Speakers include:

Monday, October 6
Ambassador Rita Hayes, Deputy Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 7
Robert Mallett, Senior Vice President, Pfizer. 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Professor Klaus Leisinger, President, Novartis Foundation. 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 8
Dr. Salah Mawajdeh, Director, Jordanian Food and Drug Administration. 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Alvaro Diaz, Chilean Vice Ministry of Economy, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Harvey Bale, Director General, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

For full agenda/speakers list and to register, go to

Georgetown University Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, D.C.

Organized by the International Intellectual Property Institute and cosponsored by the McDonough School of Business, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

**Seating is extremely limited. Pre-registration for media is required.**
Contact Jessica Botta at (202) 687-4080 or Valid photo identification is required on campus.

About the Georgetown Business Ethics Institute
The Georgetown Business Ethics Institute, housed in Georgetown University's Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, fosters the creation and dissemination of conceptual, empirical, and applied knowledge in business ethics. The practical implications, methods, and techniques that derive from these research results are used to advance the ethical understanding and activities of students and practitioners in the realm of business at the local, national, and international levels. For more information at the institute, visit