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Inuagural Distiguished Lecture in Virology
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Dr Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt, PhD, MBA, JD, is an attorney, medical ethicist and biotech executive, and also a member of the Chancellors Court of Benefactors, Oxford University. She is the author of a number of books including ‘Your Life and Mine’, which deals with xenotransplantation and the moral dilemmas. Dr Rothblatt has been principally responsible for two global agreements as well as for the International Bar Association’s Human Genome Treaty draft now before the United Nations. She is also the founder and chief executive of United Therapeutics, a US-based firm with an approved medicine for pulmonary hypertension, a frequent cause of lung or heart-lung transplantation.  Her company also operates a nationwide telemedicine network for patients with cardiac arrhythmias and provides the cardiac monitors used on the International Space Station.

In the 1980s and early 1990s Dr Rothblatt led the companies that launched the first satellite communications systems for vehicle positioning, international broadcasting and digital music to cars.  She is keenly interested in using global telecommunications technology to cost-effectively and bioethically advance healthcare worldwide.