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Q&As: Health

June 2018

Japan’s Healthcare Strategy: In Support of a New Mandate for Japan’s Chief Medical Officer


Ryo Kubota (Acucela, Keio University) discusses why greater strategic leadership will be required for Japan to address its healthcare challenges and explains how a new mandate for the country’s chief medical officer could address that need.

June 2015

Shifts in Japan’s Life Science and Health Care Policy

Health Q&A

Yuji Yamamoto (MinaCare) discusses Japan’s revised policies toward its life science sector and assesses the government’s new efforts to leverage the sector as a key driver of economic growth.

May 2015

A Chinese Perspective on National Life Science Innovation and Leadership

Health Q&A

Yiwu He (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) compares and contrasts the environments for innovation in the life sciences in the United States and China. He argues that China’s life science sector is likely to benefit over the long term from significant financial investments from the government and private funds that allow for R&D failures over the short term.

April 2015

Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry as a Strategic Focus for South Korea

Health Q&A

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has endorsed healthcare as a strategic industry for South Korea. Joo Hun You (South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare) discusses the relationship between the country’s domestic health industry and healthcare system and implications of this endorsement for the U.S.–South Korea strategic relationship.

December 2014

The Current Ebola Outbreak: Implications for Asia and Global Health Innovation

Health Q&A

BT Slingsby (Global Health Innovative Technology Fund) discusses what makes the 2014 Ebola outbreak so different, why no approved tools yet exist to prevent and control the disease, and what the implications of the outbreak are for the United States, Asia, and global health R&D.

November 2014

Resourcing India’s Future: Addressing Challenges in Healthcare, Innovation, and Public Policy

Policy Q&A

Anup Malani (University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine) offers insights into efforts to strengthen India’s healthcare sector and discusses how U.S.-India collaboration can facilitate the innovation needed to achieve the Modi administration’s ambitious targets.

August 2014

The Value of Product Development Partnerships

Health Q&A

A product development partnership (PDP) is a 21st-century nonprofit organizational structure that enables the public, private, academic, and philanthropic sectors to aggregate funding for the development of drugs, vaccines, and other health tools as public goods. Rob Lin, Vice President of Finance at the Infectious Diseases Research Institute (IDRI), about the value of the PDP model to global health R&D, criticisms of the model, and its significance for the U.S.-Asia relationship.

June 2014

Incentivizing Life Science Innovation in Japan and the United States

Health Q&A

Ryo Kubota (Acucela CEO and NBR Board Member) compares the environments for scientific innovation in Japan and the United States, drawing on his own experience in launching the first successful IPO in Japan for a U.S.-headquartered start-up company.

May 2014

Sino-U.S. Relations Through a Life Sciences Prism

Health Q&A

Yanzhong Huang (Council on Foreign Relations) analyzes China's policies toward its life sciences sector and considers their impact on political and economic relations with other Asian countries and the United States.

April 2014

China’s Air Pollution Problems


NBR asked several who work on China and its environmental problems to comment further on the issues raised by Professor Gardner in his January 2013 interview on China's air pollution. Participants in this roundtable include Stevan Harrell (University of Washington), Isabel Hilton (, and Bryan Tilt (Oregon State University).

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