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International Academic, AKPIRG Founder Coming to Anchorage


James Love speaking at AKPIRG 40th Anniversary, Available to Local Media

JUNEAU -  Today, the Alaska Public Interest Research Group (AKPIRG) announced that Mr. James Love, a highly-regarded international advisor on health and intellectual property rights and a founder of AKPIRG, will be in Anchorage and available to the local media August 15-17.

"Mr. Love did so much for AKPIRG and Alaska during a transformative time in Alaska history, and he's gone on to make a tremendous impact in people's lives around the world," said AKPIRG executive director Jessie Peterson. "We are very excited to have him back in Alaska to help us celebrate AKPIRG's fortieth anniversary."

Mr. Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), the U.S. co-chair of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Intellectual Property Policy Committee, and the chair of the Essential Inventions board of directors. For thirteen years Love lived and worked as a commercial fisherman, cannery worker, and longshoreman in Alaska. During that time, Love founded AKPIRG and the Open Door Clinic, a free medical clinic located in Anchorage. He also sat on the State of Alaska Investment Advisory Committee when the Alaska Permanent Fund was created and was instrumental in persuading the State of Alaska to use profit share leasing methods for the 1979 Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale.

In his current role, he advises United Nations agencies, national governments, international and regional intergovernmental organizations, and public health non-governmental organizations. He has been a long-time advocate for making useful government databases available to the public, and he recently advised the Obama administration on ways to spark medical innovation while maintaining affordable consumer access to the new products. He has published articles on international health, intellectual property, and patent issues for the World Health Organization, Huffington Post, and many other academic, national and international publications. In 2006, KEI received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

AKPIRG will celebrate its 40th anniversary and the forty years of service of Board President Hugh Fleischer on August 15 from 5:30 - 9pm at 310 W 11 Ave in Anchorage. The public is welcome to attend. Mr. Love, Malcolm Roberts, Hollis French, and Les Gara will give brief remarks.

Alaska Public Interest Research Group is a non-partisan, non-profit, citizen oriented statewide organization researching, educating, and advocating on behalf of the public interest. AKPIRG exists to promote the public and consumer interests, especially when inconsistent with moneyed, powerful or other special interests.

For more information on Mr. Love, visit http://www.keionline.org/jamie.

For more information about AKPIRG, to schedule an interview with Mr. Love, or to learn about the 40th anniversary event, please call Jessie Peterson at 907-978-0013.

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