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March 23rd, 2014: 8:00 /11:00 p.m., EST. Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by Brian Lamb in his high-profile interview program Q & A. Broadcasted nationwide in the U.S.  by C-SPAN radio, TV, and Internet.

Happy New Year! Dear Friends, Very Happy New Year! I am pleased to inform you that this morning my NY Public Library Conference with be transmitted via Cable TV by C-Span. It will be aired on C-Span 2 at 8:15 am ET! Below is the link! Watch the video.
Ibis Sánchez-Serrano talks about the Colombian health care reform, in the 3rd International Seminar on the Right to Health Care at the University of Antioquia, where he expressed his position on the subject matter and made reference to a similar situation in other countries. Teleantioquia Noticias (Teleantioquia News) watch the video.
November 28, 2013:  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by Prof. Ilvar Muñoz in his radio show "La Botica" at the National University of Colombia. "Medicines and the world's health care crisis. Part II." (In Spanish).watch the video
November 21, 2013:  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by Prof. Ilvar Muñoz in his radio show "La Botica" at the National University of Colombia. "Medicines and the world's health care crisis. Part I." (In Spanish).watch the video

September 1, 2013: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by Carlos Atencio of “La Estrella de Panamá. “Health care has declined in the last decade”.Source -


August 29, 2013:  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is an invited speaker at the Mi-Manhattan Library (New York Public Library), to give a talk on the world's health care crisis.


July 8-11, 2013: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano has been invited to participate in the IV "World Justice Project" Forum to take place in July 8-11, 2013, in The Hague, Netherlands. Ibis will focus on human rights and access to health care and medicines.


June 27, 2013:  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano will be giving a lecture on global health care at the Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA. more... 


May 8, 2013:  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano has been invited by the Fulbright Alumni Association of Panama as the first "Fulbright Speaker of the Month" to dictate the conference "The World's Health Care Crisis: From the Laboratory Bench to the Patient's Bedside" at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama City, on May 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Earl S. Tupper auditorium.



February 18-21, 2013:  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano has been invited as a speaker in the 5th International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy, to take place in Dubai: 



TBA, 2013:  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano has been invited as a guest-speaker by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)/TRND-NCATS programs to give a seminar on the policy issues related to translational research and its importance within global health care reform.  


January, 2013: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by Luz Maria Noli, TVN-2 Panama on Sunday, January 20th, 2013 @ 9:00 am 


November 23, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by Emmy Award nominee Edwin Pitti of U.S.-based giant Spanish network UNIVISION on his book “The World’s Health Care Crisis”.


November 4, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano receives the great honor of being selected as the bearer of the Panamanian Flag, the Day of the National Flag, during the festivities of Separation of Panama from Colombia, in his native City, Santiago de Veraguas. During the event at the Municipal Palace, Ibis pronounced a stirring and moving speech on values, education, civic duty, and patriotism as the keys to a country’s economic and cultural development. The speech was broadcasted and brought national attention.


October 20, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is featured in the cover of Palenque Magazine (November issue).


October 10, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is a guest speaker at TEDx Panama City, 2012, where he presented his brand-name “Core Model” for the development of medicines and as an organizational model. Conference in Spanish with English subtitles (click CC for English subtitles)


October 4, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is a guest-speaker at the First Official Conference of the International Chemical Biology Society (ICBS), which took place at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBRI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he presented his “Core Model” for the development of pharmaceuticals.


September 6, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano offers a free, open- to-the –public, magisterial conference on health care in his native city, Santiago de Veraguas, Panamá. The conference was attended by more than 500 people.



August, 2012: 
Ibis Sánchez-Serrano has been invited to be a speaker at the First Official International Chemical Biology Society Conference, which will take place on October 4-5, 2012 at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. 


Ibis will be presenting one of his most important contributions to science to date: The '"Core Model", for Advancing Drug Discovery and Development for Unmet Medical Needs". The "Core Model" is an economic (and business) model that can be applied not only to drug discovery and development but for any business or economic human activity. Ibis believes that his model may explain how wealth is generated and how economic development and social/intellectual progress are achieved. This paradigm will soon be published as a chapter of a book on the "latest" approaches to drug discovery and development edited by Rathnam Chaguturu (Wiley & Sons, 2012).

Keynote speakers for this event include men of the stature of:

Stuart Schreiber, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, U.S.A.
Lewis Cantley, Harvard Medical School, U.S.A.
Paul Workman, The Institute of Cancer Research, U.K.

And other thought leaders in this fascinating but difficult field.  


August 15, 2012: Following his call for social well-fare and community development, Ibis Sánchez-Serrano had the great pleasure to give a lecture at the Specialized University of the Americas (UDELAS), in the rural city of Santiago de Veraguas, Panama (Ibis'original hometown), on the genetics of several syndromes in which mental retardation is manifested. The  audience was conformed by future "special education" teachers who come from some of the most humble regions of Panama, including indigenous populations, who attend to this university thanks to a scholarship and through very hard work and some times in spite of great economic hardship. Other topics, such as health care and education and the development of pharmaceuticals to treat some of these diseases (where and when appropriate) and the latest stage of scientific research in this field were discussed.


Photos of this event can be seen here:


July 18, 2012:  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano  received the great honor to be invited by the U.S. Embassy in Panama to meet Mr. Mike Hammer, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, during his short visit in Panama. During his visit, Ibis was able to present him a copy of my book "The World's Health Care Crisis" and talk to him about this most fundamental topic. Needless to say that this is a hot subject in the U.S. right now with the coming U.S. Presidential Elections and the Obama Health Care Reform.

Coincidentally, Mr. Hammer, like Sánchez-Serrano, is a graduate of the Tuft's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Please, find enclosed some photos of this special encounter and Mr. Hammer's biography below. 


July 21, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is mentioned in and interviewed by "La Prensa de Panamá" regarding his participation, as one of several international speakers, in the International Workshop on Infectious Diseases organized by the Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT AIP), which took place in Panama City between July 9-13. Ibis's lectures focused on global neglected infectious diseases, including malaria, leishmaniasis, dengue, lymphatic filariasis, Chagas disease, soil-transmitted helminths, etc.; education, myths, and public perception of disease; and the lack of adequate funding and medicines to treat these diseases. 


Photos of this event can be seen here:


June 25, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by José Antonio Mora of "El Jornal" of Costa Rica.
"La crisis mundial de la salud se agravará por el acceso a los medicamentos"
("The World's Health Care Crisis will aggravate due to lack of access to medicines").  


June 12, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is mentioned in the Official Publication of the Presidency of Panama on the Farewell Ceremony of USAID from Panama (Photos at the end of the press release). 


June 11, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano meets the U.S. Ambassador to Panama, Jonathan Farrar 


June, 2012: The book "The World's Health Care Crisis" was honored to be reviewed by Choice Magazine, an influential reviewer of research books, published by the American Association of College and Research Libraries. The reviewer considers the book as "excellent" and highly recommends it. Read review here: 


June 12, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano was a keynote speaker at the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID)  Farewell to Its Panamanian Friends' ceremony, which took place in Panama City at the Ministry of External Affairs. This event was meant to celebrate the achievements of 50 years of partnership with the Government of Panama, private sector and civil society. Ibis is a former Thomas Jefferson scholar from USAID's CLASP II scholarship program.


The other three keynote speakers were: Honorable Mark Feierstein, Adjunct Administrator of USAID for Latin America and the Caribbean; His Excellency, Jonathan D. Farrar U.S. Ambassador to Panama; and Her Excellency Marta Linares de Martinelli, First Lady of the Republic of Panama.


Ibis Sánchez-Serrano's speech for this event can be downloaded here: Discurso_para_USAID.pdf  




Ibis Sánchez-Serrano has been honored to receive an invitation to be a speaker at TEDx Panama City, October, 2012. (More information to come...).


May 18, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by Bettina Russian of El Venezolano Panamá

Ibis Sánchez-Serrano, un científico de corazón humanista.


March 30, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by Adiel Bonilla of Revista Siete of the Panama-América.


March 21-24, 2012: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano was a panelist and a keynote speaker at the 8th BioExec Institute Retreat. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Miami, FL. 


March, 2012:  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano has been nominated by the Panamanian National Secretary of Science and Technology (SENACYT) to one of the world's most prestigious prizes: "Prince of Asturias Award", in the Science and Technology category for his work and his book "The World's Health Care Crisis".  


On March 1st, 2012, Ibis Sánchez-Serrano was interviewed by Ismael Cala, in his Program CALA, CNN. 9:00 pm EST, Miami, and Panama; 6:00 pm U.S. Pacific; 8:00 pm Central America


CNN Interview with CALA (in three parts):




Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to commemorate their 50th anniversary.


February 14, 2012: Another Panamanian in CNN"La Estrella de Panamá.


February 8, 2012, between 8-9 p.m: Panama and EST time,  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano was featured in "RPC Noticias", Channel 4, Panama, on a special report by journalist Raúl López Aranda. 


January 23, 2012, 4:30 pm: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is interviewed by Lorenzo González-Palma in his radio program "Visión Empresarial". Radio Mía, Panama,  96.7FM and 650AM.


January 16, 2012, 6:30 pm: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is a guest speaker in Rosario Grajales Kohn's radio program "Panameños en el Mundo", where his life story and some anecdotes of interest will be discussed. You may listen to the interview through the following link. 


December 11, 2011: Interview with Ibis Sánchez-Serrano by "El Siglo"


Ibis has been chosen by USAID "Alcance Positivo" and MedCom Group (Panama) as one of five "notable" Panamanians, among which there are two internationally well-known sportsmen, an artist and a physician/writer, whose work has an international dimension and represents a model for others to follow, especially the youth at risk. The ad of the campaign, focused on values and non-violent communication, will be transmitted on TV by MedCom nationwide. The campaign is sponsored by USAID/MedCom Group and has an international dimension.;  


November 15, 2011: New Research Reveals the Roots of the Global Health Care Crisis


October 29, 2011: Interview with Ibis Sánchez-Serrano by "La Prensa"

Por una reforma de salud

(For a health care reform)

La Prensa de Panamá,


Salud: Un tema de Estado

(Health Care: A problem of State) 

La Prensa de Panamá, October 29, 2011


October 11, 2011: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano interviewed by news anchor Alvaro Alvarado of Telemetro Noticias, Panama. This is one of the most important news outlets in the country and the interview was broadcasted nation-wide. You can see it through the following link:


October 22, 2011:  Ibis Sánchez-Serrano interviewed by "La Estrella de Panamá". 

Revelaciones de un secreto a voces: Salud pública en Panamá está próxima al colapso

(Revelations of an open secret: Public health in Panama near collapse) 

La Estrella de Panamá. 


October 15, 2011: Ibis Sánchez-Serrano interviewed by the EFE AgencyEl sistema de salud mundial "es insostenible", advierte científico panameño

(The world's health care system is "unsustainable", Panamanian researcher warns)


September 22, 2011: Estados Unidos exporta el alto precio de los medicamentos al resto del mundo

("U.S. exports high price of medicines to the rest of the world")

Panamá América.  


The World's Health Care Crisis: From the Laboratory Bench to the Patient's Bedside has received the following preliminary commendations:


From left to right: Former President of Tufts University, Lawrence Bacow; Ibis Sánchez-Serrano; Former U.S. President, Bill Clinton; and Former Deputy Prime Minister of Lebanon, Issam Fares 


  "I think the book was well done. It has all the usual fine qualities of your work."

Roy VagelosMD, former CEO of Merck & Co., 

New York


 "Thank you for sharing this most interesting manuscript with me. I enjoyed reading it and think it’s a very balanced and in-depth analysis of the current situation of the pharma industry."

—Thomas Lönngren, former Executive Director,

European Medicines Agency, London



 Ibis Sánchez Serrano and renowned scientist Franklin Stahl


"I had the pleasure of reading your book while in Paris. . . . You address a huge arena of topics.  I like many of your opinions and perspectives and believe that you frequently capture the issues in very readable and understandable terms. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed reading your manuscript, and it has got me thinking more about how things should move in the future.  At the end, you provide some wonderful hope and examples (like Denmark) about where we need to go.  I hope to see you sometime in Boston or elsewhere and discuss more of your ideas."

—Julian Adams, PhD, President of R&D and Chief

Scientific Officer, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,

Cambridge, Massachusetts


 "Thanks for the opportunity to read your book. It is a very comprehensive treatment of an important topic!"

—Janet Woodcock, MD, Director, Center for Drug

Evaluation and Research (FDA), 

Silver Spring, Maryland




 Ibis Sánchez Serrano and Nobel Prize laureate James Watson



Sánchez-Serrano has also received commendations on his published work by editors, scientists, and lay people worldwide. Some impressions on his article "Success in translational research: lessons from the development of bortezomib" (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, February 2006) follow: