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 Global 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 & 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 globe.
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 & 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 international 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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