The IP of Ebola and Zika: Lessons for Future Outbreaks

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Presented by Ana Santos Rutschman, Jaharis Faculty Fellow in Health Law and Intellectual Property at DePaul University College of Law
The back-to-back Ebola and Zika epidemics had devastating public health consequences around the world. On Wednesday, April 26, Ana Santos Rutschman, Jaharis Faculty Fellow in Health Law and Intellectual Property at DePaul University College of Law will give a webcast that analyzes the outbreaks from the vantage point of IP. From insufficient R&D on Ebola before the 2014-16 deadly epidemic to Senator Bernie Sanders advising President Trump to avoid a bad Zika vaccine licensing deal in early 2017—the response to the recent outbreaks has been shaped by multiple aspects of IP law and policy. The webcast will use case studies to describe different types of IP inefficiencies that affected the race to develop the first Ebola and Zika vaccines, and surveys normative and policy mechanisms to mitigate these inefficiencies in future outbreaks.

 

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