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Dr. Kristina M. L. Acri, née Lybecker Research Interests

Dr. Kristina M. L. Acri,  née Lybecker received B.A. degrees in Economics and Latin American Studies from Macalester College and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Kristina’s research analyzes the difficulties of strengthening intellectual property rights protection in developing countries, specifically in the context of the pharmaceutical and environmental technology industries. Recent publications have also addressed the importance of data exclusivity provisions in international trade agreements, alternatives to the existing patent system, the balance between pharmaceutical patent protection and access to essential medicines, and the markets for jointly produced goods such as blood and blood products. Kristina consulted on the 2015 OECD Task Force on Charting Illicit Trade, and testified in more than a dozen U.S. states on the economics of pharmaceutical counterfeiting. She has also worked with US Food and Drug Administration, Reconnaissance International, PhRMA, the National Peace Foundation, the OECD, the Fraser Institute, and the World Bank, on issues of innovation, international trade, and corruption. Most recently she was named a Thomas Edison Innovation Fellow for 2016-17 by the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at the George Mason University School of Law.