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Priti Krishtel Keynote Event: Porta Sophia Archival Researcher Network (ARN) Kickoff Event
"Reflections and Predictions: Experiences from the Access to Medicines Movement"

We are starting to see companies patenting psychedelic compounds. Our keynote speaker will share experiences and insights from the last 20 years of the access to medicines movement to build a more just system for intellectual property. Priti Krishtel will shine a light on what the future can hold, emphasizing how the actions we take today can change the course of what happens tomorrow.

Priti Krishtel is a health justice lawyer and co-founder of I-MAK, a non-profit building a more just and equitable medicines system. She has spent nearly two decades exposing structural inequities affecting access to medicines and vaccines across the Global South and in the United States. That includes advocating for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines across the globe to ensuring that the Biden-Harris administration is prioritizing equity in the Patent and Trademark Office. To improve equity in the patent system, she and I-MAK have developed a new tool called Participatory Changemaking that will provide an assessment of the patent system and bring together stakeholders from across the spectrum, from patients to investors and policymakers, to drive sustainable, long-term change into what has long been an exclusionary process. Krishtel and I-MAK have also put out a 10 point plan for the Biden-Harris administration to bring equity into the patent system. She is a TED speaker, Presidential Leadership Scholar, and Ashoka Fellow, and a frequent contributor to leading international and national news outlets on issues of domestic and global health equity.

Jun 2, 2022 12:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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