WCIT is excited to share this new report – “Wealth, Health and International Trade in the 21st Century: The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement and its impact on enhancing trade and continuing health and human development.” This research shows that strong intellectual-property rights (IPR) protections must be included in the TPP agreement not only because of the economic and trade advantages of ensuring continued investment in biomedical and other forms of high technology research, but also because of the significant benefits to the health of people everywhere. For the state of Washington, with our fast growing life sciences and global health sectors, this issue is key for our economy.