Warren Kaplan

Assistant Professor, Global Health

Suffolk University, JD
Boston University, PhD
Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
Texas A&M University, MS

  • Office: Crosstown Center, CT395
  • Phone: 617-414-1152
  • Email: wak@bu.edu

Biography

Warren Kaplan, PhD, JD, MPH, MS, has over 30 years’ experience as a field biologist/analytical chemist, an intellectual property attorney, a pharmaceutical policy analyst, and a project leader. Currently, Dr. Kaplan is Assistant Professor of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health, where he teaches courses in pharmaceutical policy, intellectual property policy, and access to medicines and antimicrobial resistance. From 1977 to 1989, Dr. Kaplan worked at Harvard University, traveling to the Caribbean, Ecuador, and Brazil to study global budgets of greenhouse gases, including methane and nitrous oxide. He was part of the first group to measure the global distribution and production of these important climate modifiers. He was Assistant General Counsel at Biogen, where he managed a multimillion portfolio of intellectual property related to small molecules and biologics. He consults extensively with the World Health Organization, UNITAID, UNICEF (South Africa, Mozambique), the World Bank, and the Clinton Foundation (Rwanda, Kenya) on a variety of projects involving access to medicines. Dr. Kaplan has worked and lived in Geneva as Technical Officer on the “Priority Medicines for Europe and the World” Project. He is involved in a similar project on medical devices. Dr. Kaplan’s current research interests focus on pharmaceutical policies relating to generic medicines and biologics as well as use of social networking and mobile phones as health care interventions. He holds a PhD in Biology from Boston University, a JD from Suffolk University (cum laude), an MPH in International Health from Boston University, and an MS from Texas A&M University .

Dr. Kaplan is also a member of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Pharmaceutical Policy (WHOCCPP) which provides research and programs for the improvement of access to essential drugs in developing countries and the development of policies that promote greater affordability and the appropriate usage of these medicines.

Projects

Publications

Policies to promote use of generic medicines in low and middle income countries: A review of published literature, 2000-2010

Warren A. Kaplan, Lindsay S. Ritz, Marie Vitello, and Veronika J. Wirtz

Health Policy. 2012 Jul; 106(3):211-224.

Policies to promote use of generic medicines in low and middle income countries: A review of published literature, 2000–2010

Warren A. Kaplan, Lindsay Sarah Ritz, Marie Vitello, & Veronika J. Wirtz

Health Policy. 2012 Jun; 1-14.

Allocating scarce financial resources for HIV treatment: benchmarking prices of antiretroviral medicines in Latin America

Veronika J. Wirtz, Yared Santa-Ana-Tellez, Clinton H. Trout, and Warren A. Kaplan

Health Policy & Planning. 2012 Feb;.

Local production of medical technologies and its effect on access in low and middle income countries: a systematic review of the literature

Kaplan, Warren; Ritz, Lindsay Sarah; Vitello, Marie

Southern Med Review. 2011 Dec; 4(2):4-14.

Allocating Scarce Financial Resources for HIV Treatment: Benchmarking Prices of Antiretroviral Medicines in Latin America

Veronika J. Wirtz, Yared Santa Ana Tellez, Clint H. Trout, and Warren A. Kaplan

Health Policy and Planning. 2011 Dec; 1-11.

Temporal Trends in Generic and Brand Prices of Antiretroviral Medicines Procured with Donor Funds in Developing Countries

Waning B., Kaplan W., Fox M. P.

Journal of Generic Medicines. 2010 Apr; 7(2):159-175.

Are Patents Impeding Medical Care and Innovation?

Gold E. R., Kaplan W., Orbinski J., Harland-Logan S., N- Marandi S.

PLoS Med. 2010 Jan; 7(1):e1000208.

Global Strategies to Reduce the Price of Antiretroviral Medicines: Evidence from Transactional Databases

Waning B., Kaplan W., King A. C., Lawrence D. A., Leufkens H. G., Fox M. P.

Bull World Health Organ. 2009 Aug; 87(7):520-8.

Fostering R&D and Promoting Access to Medicines

Kaplan W. A.

Operationalising Patent Pools for ARVs. Kaplan W. A.. Bellagio, Italy: Center for International Health and Development, Boston University; 2007.

Pharmaceutical Companies as Organizational Hybrids

Kaplan W. A.

The Power of Pills: Social Ethical and Legal Issues in Drug Development, Marketing and Pricing. Schuklenk U., Illingworth P., Cohen J. C.. London, UK: 2007.

A Review of Global Antiretroviral Prices: Insights from the Global Price Reporting Mechanism

Waning B., Kaplan W., Lawrence D., Soucy L., Fox M. P., Peters B., King A.

United Kingdom Department for International Development. London: United Kingdom Department for International Development; 2007.

The Great Medicines Scandal: Next Steps?

Kaplan W. A.

BMJ. 2006 Jul; 333(7557):44-5.

Using IP Agreements to Promote the Objectives of Public Private Partnerships in Developing Affordable Products for Developing Countries

Kaplan W. A.

Commission in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Health. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2005.

Local Production of Pharmaceuticals: Industrial Policy and Access to Medicines

Kaplan W. A., Laing R.

Health, Nutrition and Population Discussion Paper. Washington, D. C.: World Bank; 2005.

Priority Medicines for Europe and the World, Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy

Kaplan W. A.

Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2004.

Paying for Pharmaceutical Registration in Developing Countries

Kaplan W. A., Laing R.

Health Policy Plan. 2003 Aug; 18(3):237-48.

When Worlds Collide: Global Intellectual Property (IP) Harmonization, TRIPS and Biotechnology

Kaplan W. A.

Journal of Biolaw and Business. 2001 Jan; 4(Supplement):34-48.

Patentability of Biotechnology Inventions Under the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Utility Guidelines: Still Uncertain after all these Years

Kaplan W. A., Krimsky S.

Journal of Biolaw and Business. 2001 Jan; 4(Special Supplement):34-48.

Emission of NO and Deposition of Ozone in a Tropical Forest System

Kaplan W. A., Wofsy S. C., Keller M. A., Dacosta J. M.

J. Geophys. Res.-Atmospheres. 1988 Jan; 93(2):1389-1395.

Emissions of N2O from Tropical Forest Soils- Response to Fertilization with NH4+, NO3-, and PO43-

Keller M., Kaplan W., Wofsy S. C., Dacosta J. M.

J. Geophys. Res.-Atmospheres. 1988 Jan; 93(2):1600-1604.

Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere over the Amazon Basin

Wofsy S. C., Kaplan W. A., Harriss J.

J. Geophys. Res.-Atmospheres. 1988 Jan; 93(2):1377-1387.

Emissions of N2O, CH4 and CO2 from Tropical Forest Soils

Keller M., Kaplan W. A., Wofsy S. C.

J. Geophys. Res.-Atmospheres. 1986 Jan; 91(11):1791-1802.

Microbial Activity in the Cariaco Trench

Morris I., Glover H. E., Kaplan W. A., Kelly D. P., Weightman A. L.

Microbios.. 1985 Jan; 42(169):133-144.

Chesapeake Bay Nutrient and Plankton Dynamics. 2. Sources and Sinks of Nitrite

McCarthly J. J., Kaplan W. A., Nevins J. L.

Limnol. Oceanogr.. 1984 Jan; 29(1):84-98.

Nitrification

Kaplan W. A.

London: Academic Press, Inc.; 1983.

Production of Nitrous Oxide and Consumption of Methane by Forest Soils

Keller M., Goreau T. J., Wofsy S. C., Kaplan W. A., McElroy M. B.

Geophys. Res. Lett.. 1983 Jan; 10(12):1156-1159.

Transformations of Fixed Nitrogen and N2O in the Cariaco Trench

Hashimoto L. K., Kaplan W. A., Wofsy S. C., McElroy M. B.

Deep-Sea Res. Part A-Oceanographic Research Papers. 1983 Jan; 30(6):575-590.

Production of NO(2) and N(2)O by Nitrifying Bacteria at Reduced Concentrations of Oxygen

Goreau T. J., Kaplan W. A., Wofsy S. C., McElroy M. B., Valois F. W., Watson S. W.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 1980 Sep; 40(3):526-32.

Denitrification in a Salt March Ecosystem

Kaplan W. A., Valiela I., Teal J. M.

Limonl. & Oceanogr.. 1979 Jan; 24(4):726-734.

Aquatic Sources and Sinks for Nitrous Oxide

Elkins James W., Wofsy Steven C., McElroy Michael B., Kolb Charles E., Kaplan Warren A.

Nature. 1978 Oct; 275(5681):602-606.

Nitrous Oxide in Fresh Water Systems: An Estimate for the Yield of Atmospheric N2O Associated with Disposal of Human Waste

Kaplan W. A., Elkins J. W., Kolb C. E., McElroy M. B., Wofsy S. C., Durán A. P.

Pure and Applied Geophysics. 1978 Jan; 116(2):423-438.

Production and Release of N2O from the Potomac Estuary

McElroy M. B., Elkins J. W., Wofsy S. C., Kolb C. E., Duran A. P., Kaplan W. A.

Limnol. Oceanogr.. 1978 Jan; 23(6):1168-1182.

Denitrification in Salt Marsh Sediments: Evidence for Seasonal Temperature Selection among Populations of Denitrifiers

Kaplan Warren A., Teal John M., Valiela Ivan

Microbial Ecology. 1977 Sep; 3(3):193-204.