C-SPAN: Q&A with Ibis Sánchez-Serrano—author of The World’s Health Care Crisis

He talks about how the high cost of medicine is fueling the market for fake prescription drugs and posing serious risks for world health

In an interview that aired this weekend on C-SPAN, Ibis Sánchez-Serrano talks about his book The World's Health Care Crisis (Elsevier, 2011) and the problems he sees with the pharmaceutical industry. He equates the growing market for fake prescription drugs to the high and rising cost of medicine and said he worries about the possibility of a global "plaque" if these problems are not addressed.

The World's Health Care Crisis

Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is the author of The World's Health Care Crisis (Elsevier, 2011). Use this code for a 25% discount on his book: PBTY14.

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The Author

Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is the author of The World's Health Care Crisis: From the Laboratory Bench to the Patient's Bedside (Elsevier, 2011)

Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is founder and President of the Core Model Corp. and a world-leading expert on global health care and pharmaceuticals development. He is the author of The World's Health Care Crisis: From the Laboratory Bench to the Patient's Bedside  (Elsevier, 2011), which examines global health care and the roles of the insurance and biopharmaceutical industries, innovation, R&D productivity, investment and regulation within it.

In 2006, Sánchez-Serrano published a seminal article on translational research and academia-industry relationships in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery: "Success in translational research: lessons from the development of bortezomib," where he introduces a novel model, his Core Model, to speed up the process of drug development. He has also co-authored papers in molecular genetics in international peer-reviewed journals and has given presentations for organizations around the world, including the first official conference of the International Chemical Biology Society at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, the International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy in Dubai and the fourth World Justice Forum in The Hague.

Sánchez-Serrano is quite involved in community development in his native Panama and has spent significant time working on education and health care in rural communities. He has been interviewed by CNN, EFE and the Associated Press (AP) and recently by the US-based TV network UNIVISION, among other international media, and he was nominated for the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award 2012 in the scientific and technological category for the international importance and scope of his work. In 2013, Ibis received a recognition award from the Fulbright Alumni Association in Panama for his contributions in "Biomedical Research and Science and Technology Development" and for the "Evaluation of the Panamanian Health Care System."

Sánchez-Serrano holds a BS in genetics and art history from Iowa State University, a Master in International Business Relations and Technology Management from the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in collaboration with Harvard University and MIT's Sloan School of Management, and he did graduate studies and research in molecular genetics and biotechnology at the University of Pavia in Italy, the Pasteur Institute in France) Iowa State University and Boston University. He speaks four languages and is an art, classical music, and literature connoisseur. [divider]

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