The U.N. High Level Panel (UNHLP) on Access to Medicines released a report that claimed to propose ways to increase access to medicines. However, the UNHLP report makes several damaging recommendations aimed directly at laws and policies that protect intellectual property and promote access.
Increasingly, economists and international organizations are recognizing innovation as one of the most important drivers of economic and social progress and stability. But it’s not just think tanks and academics acknowledging the value of innovation—the public is as well.
Intellectual property (IP) protections and enforcement facilitate an environment conducive to innovation – the results of which are seen, and felt, every day with new inventions. In this case study, we explore the impact of IP on the health and wellbeing of communities in rural Africa.
Strong IP systems serve as the bedrock for innovation—public policy and regulations that cultivate and protect intellectual property help foster environments that promote innovation, incentivize investment in the high-risk research and discovery process, facilitate important knowledge sharing, and help accelerate access to innovative products and process worldwide.
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is hosting the annual BIO International Convention in San Diego, California. The annual event will bring together global leaders in business and the biotech and pharmaceutical industries to discuss the most promising opportunities and pressing challenges in medical innovation.
Why are global innovation forums working to eliminate intellectual property?
Intellectual property (IP) protections facilitate innovation and invention around the world. The benefits are exemplified – in part – by global companies, whose business models are IP-driven. In this case study, we explore the impact of IP on India’s health care delivery.
The World Health Assembly (WHA) is convening delegations from all 194 World Health Organization (WHO) Member States to discuss the health agenda put forth by the WHO Executive Board. One item on the table is a report released by the U.N. High Level Panel (UNHLP) on Access to Medicines, which, if executed, would hamper the power of invention.
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According to Americans, innovation is a key part of what makes the country a world leader. In a public opinion poll of U.S. registered voters, conducted by Morning Consult, respondents shared perspectives on innovation and fostering new inventions.
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Through creativity, perseverance, and significant capital investments, researchers around the world are developing cutting-edge medicines that save and extend lives. But transforming an idea into a valuable new treatment doesn’t happen overnight.