Revised: U.S. Department of State Hosts Symposium on Innovation and Global Health

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 15, 2011

The U.S. Department of State will host a Symposium on Innovation and Global Health on March 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Department’s Loy Henderson Auditorium. Under Secretary Robert Hormats for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs will open the Symposium and will be joined by Assistant Secretary Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Global Health Director Lois Quam, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health Administrator Amie Batson. Participants from the private sector will include Andrew Witty, President and CEO of GlaxoSmithKline; John Castellani, President and CEO of PhRMA; and Dr. Neeraj Mistry of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Sabin Vaccine Institute.

The Symposium will highlight ongoing innovative global health initiatives; encourage public-private collaboration to improve research and development and medicinal access for the developing world; and address pressing global health issues, such as neglected tropical diseases.

Formal remarks will occur from 3 p.m. to 4:05 p.m., followed by a question and answer period for invited participants from 4:05 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. The event is open to print media and still cameras.

Access time for writers and stills: 2:40 p.m. at the 23rd Street entrance of the Harry S. Truman Building.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport). Press should allow adequate time to process through security.

For more information, please contact: Burak Kararti, Bureau of Economics, Energy and Business Affairs, (202) 647-0812 or

PRN: 2011/401