McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge Conference Examines Issues Concerning Pharmaceutical Regulation

April 25, 2019

Professor Michael Mireles

Professor Michael Mireles, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Professor Kojo Yelpaala

Professor Kojo Yelpaala, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Professor Christopher Holman, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Professor Christopher Holman, University of Missouri-Kansas City 

The Global Center for Business and Development at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law took on some of today’s most pressing issues surrounding pharmaceuticals in the conference “Changing Regulation of Pharmaceuticals: Issues in Pricing, Intellectual Property, Trade and Ethics.” Held April 5 and 6 on the Sacramento Campus, the conference took an interdisciplinary and international approach to these complex issues with nearly 60 speakers representing academia, industry, government, and the pharmaceutical and legal communities.

Conference speakers represented universities including: Harvard University, Emory University, Stanford University, Georgetown University Law School, The George Washington University, University of Salzburg, Prince Sattam University, Turku Institute of Advanced Studies, Universidade Nova De Lisboa, Pennsylvania State University, Boston University, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), DePaul University, University of Utah, University of Washington, St. Louis University, Golden Gate University , University of California-Davis, University of Tennessee and University of Louisville. A full list of speakers and additional information can be found, here. Longtime McGeorge School of Law Professor Kojo Yelpaala, who has educated generations of McGeorge School of Law students, presented, “The Role of Free Riding in Global Health Policies: Hubris and Power Dynamics.”

The conference cosponsors, included: Biotechnology Innovation Organization; VIT University Law School, Chennai, India; University of Copenhagen Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law and the Novo Nordisk Foundation; Intellectual Property Institute of China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China; Drake University Law School; Wake Forest University Law School; Texas A&M University Law School; Schinders Law, Guangzhou, China; Erin Dunston of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Washington DC; and Gibson Dunn. The primary organizers were McGeorge law professor Michael S. Mireles and Christopher Holman of UMKC Law School and Drake University Law School.