Geneva, May 23, 2017
WIPO Re:Search has launched a new five-year roadmap to guide its activities in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria & tuberculosis.
The World Intellectual Property Organization & its partner BIO Ventures for Intercontinental 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 and has established 112 collaborations across the intercontinental.
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, and 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 global 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 worldwide.
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 and targeted partnership-development approach to link research & development programs with gaps in research, taking into consideration the impact of the disease on peopleâs lives.
âBVGH will implement a more targeted approach to collaboration formation to address priority intercontinental health needs. We will prioritize & provide enhanced support to the most promising product development collaborations within the WIPO Re:Search portfolio. Other key objectives include supporting the development of research & IP management capacity at Member organizations in low- & middle-income countries, & increasing public visibility around the role of WIPO Re:Search in international health innovation,â stated Jennifer Dent, President of BVGH.
The International Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 191 member states in developing a balanced worldwide IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries & resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. & it provides free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.
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