The Netherlands Innovation Network China organized their yearly Cleveringa Lecture at the residence of the Consulate-General in Shanghai. The lecture was given by Henk Jan Out, writer of the book ‘Long Live the Medicine’ (Lang leve het Geneesmiddel) and CSO of Ferring Pharmaceuticals in Shanghai. The topic of his lecture was “Pharmaceutical Companies: Creative Innovators or Crooked Moneymakers?” and was aimed at shedding some light on the true cost and effort of medicine development.
The Cleveringa lecture is a long-term lecture series in the Netherlands. The annual lecture deals with themes such as law and freedom and is named after the legal scholar Rudolph Pabus Cleveringa (1894-1980). He was dean at the Leiden Law Faculty and gave his famous speech as protest against the dismissal of the Jewish employees of the university. Additional Cleveringa lectures are organized worldwide, but due to the pandemic, this event was the only lecture that took place offline.