Dr Jorge Bermudez
Vice-President of Health Production and Innovation, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, (Fiocruz), Ministry of Health (Brazil) since 2011

Dr Jorge Bermudez graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) in 1971 and earned his Master’s degree in Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (Tropical Medicine) from the same university in 1976. He received a Doctorate of Science in Public Health from the National School of Public Health (ENSP), Fiocruz, where he holds the position of Senior Researcher. Prior to returning to Fiocruz in 2011, he served as Unitaid Executive Director for a 4-year mandate from 2007 to 2011, based in Geneva and hosted by WHO.

Between 2004 and 2007, Dr Bermudez was selected and served as Unit Chief for Medicines, Vaccines and Health Technologies Unit at PAHO/WHO, Washington DC, for the region of the Americas, after having been elected and served as Director for ENSP/Fiocruz (2001 to 2004) and previously Research Coordinator (1997 to 1998).

Dr Bermudez was President of the Institute Vital Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and linked to the State Government on two occasions (1999 to 2001 and 1987 to 1991), as well as President of the Association of Official Pharmaceutical Laboratories of Brazil (ALFOB). Additionally, he served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Health in 1993 and Director of Farmanguinhos (Fiocruz) between 1985 and 1987. He has published articles, books and book chapters on issues such as public health, pharmaceutical policies, access to medicines and intellectual property, while he also supervises students who undertake masters and doctoral degrees in these areas.