Dinner discussion at the French Ambassador’s residence, January 18th
“Accelerating Medical Solutions” was the motto of an evening of debate organised by the Ambassador, François Delattre, at the French residence in DC.
Around the philanthropist Michael Milken and the CEO of Sanofi, Chris Viehbacher, the guest speakers, the discussion touched upon the role of the medical research as an engine for growth. Identifying the medical research as the number one stimulus for the world economy, the speakers highlighted the importance of human capital and the productivity of the individual as key for future growth.
Emphasizing the need to find an optimal balance between caring and curing, and to reinforce prevention, in order to devote most of the financing available for human health to the search for the cure, the evening gathered personalities with eclectic backgrounds, among which Susan Blumenthal, Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Senior Global Health Advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Nancy Brinker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Dr. William Brinkman, Director of the Office of Science, Department of Energy, Dr. Kaigham Gabriel, Deputy Director, DARPA, Alan Krueger, Council of Economic Advisors, Margaret Hamburg, Food and Drug Administration, J. Stephen Morrison, Director of the Center on Global Health Policy and a Senior Vice President at CSIS, Franmarie Kennedy, Aspen Institute, Gary Nabel, National Institute of Health, Olivier Blanchard, International Monetary Fund. Congressmen from both the Democratic and the Republican parties also attended the debate.
- Ambassador François Delattre made the opening remarks
- Michael Milken, philanthropist.
The most heated debate covered the issues of translational research, the role of government and of regulations. Most of the participants agreed on the need to foster science education, to ensure the quickest diffusion possible of new solutions and methods, and the role of prevention, considering that 70% of disease causes in the western world relate to lifestyle.
- Chris Viehbacher, CEO of Sanofi.
The Ambassador was delighted to open the residence for a challenging and inspiring discussion, bringing together civil society and business representatives, as well as regulators and politicians. A constructive if heated debate ensued, demonstrating the pervasive role of health issues at the international, domestic and individual levels.
- High profile personalities attended the event