Ready for a rapid, radical reboot of the global innovation system for a truly free and open 21st century knowledge economy?
The Open Science Summit is an attempt to gather all stakeholders who want to liberate our scientific and technological commons and enable a new era of decentralized, distributed innovation to solve humanity's greatest challenges.
Mike Gretes has a combined background in access to medicines advocacy work and bench science, enabling him to create, conceptualize, and work with biomedical knowledge to ensure it benefits everyone. Supported by top national fellowships, he earned his PhD in Biochemistry in 2009 at the University of British Columbia (UBC), applying protein crystallography to the discovery and development of new antibiotics. His work involved collaborations with chemists, biologists, and clinicians and has led to high-impact, peer reviewed publications in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Molecular Biology, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Highlights of his advocacy career include collaborating with UBC to launch its Global Access Licensing program to make UBC technologies available and affordable to people living in the developing world, addressing hundreds on "Making Medicines for Everyone" at a TEDx 2008 event, leading the international Neglected Diseases Working Group of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and co-organizing the 2009 Patent Pools For Neglected Diseases and Global Health Workshop at the Berkeley School of Law.
Gretes is working to rally academic research to better meet the priority needs of people living in poverty.