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Fall 2017
May 25, 2018
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STIA 431 - Int Intel Prop/Glb Hth/Ecn Dev
While international trade policies are inherently complex, few issues have provoked such emotional debate as intellectual property and global health.  From Washington to Geneva to New Dehli, the balance between providing adequate incentives for innovation and ensuring access to medicine and medical technologies is an evolving debate with political and economic overtones.  The first section of this Seminar on International Intellectual Property, Global Health, and Economic Development will provide students with a grounding on the key elements of intellectual property (patents, data exclusivity, linkage, etc.) related to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices.  The second section will explore issues related to access to medicines and neglected diseases in the developing world, particularly with respect to World Health Organization policies and initiatives undertaken in Brazil, India, and Thailand.  The third section will explore the economic and political dimensions of access to medicines and economic development in key developing countries, including South Africa, Colombia, and India.  The final section will look to the future and explore emerging trends, both in terms of scientific evolution of medical technologies in the context of existing intellectual property frameworks and with respect to emerging innovative solutions and global health partnerships.  This once-weekly seminar will provide a basis for discussion through readings and presentations, but also allow for vibrant discussion. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Science, Tech, & Int'l Affairs Department

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