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October 14, 2016 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall 106
Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck St., Boston, MA

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement is intended to facilitate trade among 12 Asia-Pacific countries including the US, but its progress has been obstructed in part by ongoing controversy over provisions regarding intellectual property protections for pharmaceutical products. Some argue that if signed, the TPP will impact the availability or cost of essential medicines in low-income settings worldwide by requiring all countries to provide high levels of IP protections mirroring current US standards. 

Join us as we discuss the implications of the TPP for US patients (and patents), and the proper role of public health concerns in international trade negotiations.


  • Thomas Bollyky, JD, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations

  • Amy Kapczynski, JD, Professor of Law, Yale Law School

  • Moderator: Jing Luo, MD, MPH, Clinical Research Fellow, PORTAL, Brigham and Women's Hospital 

Learn more about the Health Policy and Bioethics Consortia

The Health Policy and Bioethics Consortia are hosted and organized by the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science. This monthly series convenes international experts from different fields or vantage points to discuss how biomedical innovation and health care delivery are affected by various ethical norms, laws, and regulations. Support provided by the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University. 


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