Geneva, 6 December 2017 — The Medicines Patent Pool Governance Board has appointed Patrizia Carlevaro, co-founder of the technology company GenomSys, as a new board member, effective 1 December. Dr. Carlevaro, formerly Managing Director of Otsuka and Head of the International AID Unit at Eli Lilly and Company in Geneva, has had a long, distinguished career in public health, specifically in the research and development-based pharmaceutical industry. At Otsuka, she was responsible for subsidiary operations and the anti-infective business unit’s public health projects. At Lilly, where she served for almost a decade, Dr. Carlevaro developed and managed the company’s global Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Partnership programme, conducting transfer of technology programmes for TB compounds to local manufacturers in China, India, South Africa and Russia.
“We are pleased to welcome Patrizia to the MPP Governance Board,” said Marie-Paule Kieny, Chair of the Board. “With her many years of experience in pharmaceuticals, specifically working in disease areas such as TB, we are sure she will make a valuable contribution.”
Dr. Carlevaro served as a senior advisor for essential drugs at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York from 1988-1995 where she led UNICEF’s global pharmaceutical policy and activities. She has a doctorate in chemical and pharmaceutical technologies from the Università degli Studi in Pavia, Italy.
Dr. Carlevaro takes the position of Michel Manon who completed his two-year tenure on the MPP Governance Board in April 2017.
The MPP’s HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis activities are fully funded by Unitaid.
About the Medicines Patent Pool
The Medicines Patent Pool is a United Nations-backed public health organisation working to increase access to HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis treatments in low- and middle-income countries. Through its innovative business model, the MPP partners with industry, civil society, international organisations, patient groups and other stakeholders to prioritise, forecast and license needed medicines and pool intellectual property to encourage generic manufacture and the development of new formulations. To date, the MPP has signed agreements with nine patent holders for thirteen HIV antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, two hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals and a tuberculosis treatment. The MPP was founded and is funded by Unitaid.