UW School of Law Events Calendar
Return to Calendar
Global Mondays Weekly Lecture Series - Transnational Initiatives in Global Health and IP Rights
William H. Gates Hall
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
“Advancing Global Health Through Private-Public Collaborations and IP Rights”
Richard Wilder, Associate General Counsel at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Hosted by LTA-CASRIP and the Health Law Graduate Program
Richard (Dick) Wilder will discuss a unique private and public collaboration to fight neglected tropical diseases, and roles of intellectual property rights (IPR) in furthering the necessary medical research and development.
2013 marks the launch of the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund). Based in Tokyo and championed by a unique public-private partnership between the Government of Japan, a consortium of Japanese pharmaceutical companies, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GHIT Fund's mission is to advance the research and development of new medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics to fight infectious diseases in the developing world. The GHIT Fund aims to reinforce Japan's contribution to global health by developing new health technologies, utilizing the highly developed science and technology capacity found at the country's pharmaceutical companies, universities and research institutions.
It is estimated that over 1 billion of the world's poorest of the poor suffer from HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The GHIT Fund facilitates and funds global R&D partnerships that aim to discover and develop new medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics that can help realize the elimination of these diseases in the developing world.
Mt. Wilder is Associate General Counsel in the Global Health Program at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He was previously Associate General Counsel for IP Policy at Microsoft, and a Partner at the law firm of Sidley Austin, where he counseled clients in shaping policy positions and strategic initiatives across a broad range of domestic, foreign, and international intellectual property and transactional issues, global health, and international dispute resolution.