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Pharmaceutical Companies: Friends or Foes?

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THE TRIPLE HELIX PANEL DEBATE SERIES Pharmaceutical Companies: Friends or Foes?

The Cambridge Triple Helix Society is organising an exciting and FREE event named ‘Pharmaceutical Companies: Friends of Foes?’ The event comprises talks by four distinguished speakers followed by a Q&A session.

Despite the notable contribution of pharmaceutical industry to addressing world health problems and driving a number of scientific research programs, it is still often viewed by the public as an ‘evil industry’. The event will question why it is so. We will address such controversial issues as scientific honesty and data accessibility in drug trials, intellectual property rights and patent protection and the reasons behind the choices for R&D.

We have an excellent panel of speakers, who are very passionate about this area. Some have personal experiences of involvement in high-profile legal battle against pharmaceutical companies to fight for honesty in clinical trials. It promises to be a great event so do not hesitate to come and contribute.

Our speakers are:

Dr Peter Wilmshurst (Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, winner of The HealthWatch Award 2003) Mr Andrew Powrie-Smith (Representative from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)) Dr Andrew Webb (Clinical pharmacologist, Kings College London) Dr Aubrey Blumsohn (Senior lecturer in metabolic bone disease in the University of Sheffield)

Time: Wednesday 29th February 2012, 8:00-9:30pm Place: McCrum Lecture Theatre, Bene’t Street (Behind the Eagle Pub)

FREE ENTRY & refreshments provided*

If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesistate to e-mail Yun Huang at

This talk is part of the The Triple Helix Lecture Series series.

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