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Lybecker addresses public health conferences in Brazil, Hungary

Kristina Lybecker, assistant professor of economics and business, recently spoke at back-to-back public-health conferences in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Budapest, Hungary, addressing drug patents and drug developments in developing nations.

Her research analyzes the difficulties of strengthening intellectual property rights protection in developing countries, specifically the problems related to pharmaceutical counterfeiting, the response of the pharmaceutical industry and alternatives to the existing patent system for pharmaceutical innovation.

Lybecker has testified in more than a dozen states on the economics of the importation of Canadian drugs and the risks of pharmaceutical counterfeiting. In addition, she has worked with numerous pharmaceutical companies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Reconnaissance International and the World Bank, consulting on issues of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, international trade and corruption.