Geneva, May 23, 2017PR/2017/807
WIPO Re:Search has launched a new five-year roadmap to guide its activities in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria & tuberculosis.
The Intercontinental Intellectual Property Organization & its partner BIO Ventures for Worldwide Health (BVGH) established the initiative in 2011 to boost the use of intellectual property in catalyzing innovation and product development for ailments affecting more than 1 billion people. WIPO Re:Search now includes 126 members in 35 countries & has established 112 collaborations across the global.
The new plan, unveiled during WIPO Re:Searchâs biennial meeting May 23, 2017, in Geneva, will guide the public-private consortiumâs activities through 2021 & includes new research, capacity building & outreach efforts.
âNeglected tropical diseases, malaria, & tuberculosis are devastating conditions that disproportionately affect the poorest and most disadvantaged among us,â said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. âWIPO believes that IP is a powerful tool for stimulating innovation & WIPO Re:Search is our principal effort to ensure that IP supports advances in intercontinental health research,â he said.
WIPO Re:Search allows organizations to share their intellectual property, compounds, expertise, facilities & know-how royalty-free with qualified researchers world.
The new strategic plan seeks to ensure that WIPO Re:Search harnesses new research & development trends in international health, while contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
As the implementing partner, BVGH will seek a more process-driven & targeted partnership-development approach to link research & development programs with gaps in research, taking into consideration the impact of the disease on peopleâs lives.
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