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Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Innovation Forum

October 17, 2017
1:15 - 4:00 PM

Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
1002 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77843



As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, which claimed the lives of 50 to 90 million people globally, we are reminded of the vital role that innovation plays in preparing for and responding to infectious disease. In 1918, the discovery of viruses was in the beginning stages, and there was still much to understand about how diseases are transmitted. Today, we are more scientifically advanced than our predecessors, but there are a great many things we do not know. We will continue to face new and unknown pandemic challenges far into the future, which is why it is important that we continue to innovate in the area of global health. As part of the Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Innovation Forum, we explore the changing role of the private sector in pandemic preparedness and response, with a specific focus on innovation. We ask the question: Why is it important for the private sector to innovate in areas of global health, and how will their innovations help prevent another pandemic like 1918?

Forum Overview: The Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Innovation Forum is a public event sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. The forum will be held October 17, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. Individuals from the private sector—primarily technology, vaccine development, and oil—will join with faculty and administrators from the Texas A&M community to discuss the role of corporate global citizenship in preparing for and responding to pandemics.

Forum Objectives: This event is designed to bring together faculty, students, and administrators from Texas A&M University with companies in the private sector working in areas of pandemic preparedness and creating new, innovative ways to address disease issues. Representatives from a number of private sector companies will be on hand to provide insight into the work their companies do in global health and the importance of corporate global citizenship as we move into the future. The goal of this event is to recognize the intersection between government, academia, and the private sector and create an environment in which members of our university community and members of the private sector can openly discuss the important role corporations have in effective disease response.

Forum Structure: The forum will begin with a series of opening remarks, followed by short presentations from each of the invited panelists. Following their presentations, the invited speakers will be part of a moderated panel discussion in which they will take audience questions. The panel discussion will last approximately forty minutes. The showcase will conclude with closing remarks from a selected member of the Texas A&M community.

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