Posted by: ihfgeneva | November 5, 2013

IHF joins World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Re:Search as ‘Supporter’ Member

Wipo-ReSearchThe IHF has joined WIPO Re:Search, a Consortium sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in collaboration with BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), as a “Supporter”. Launched in October of 2011, WIPO Re:Search aims to develop new solutions for people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), tuberculosis, and malaria by accelerating the discovery and product development of medicines, vaccines and diagnostics through available intellectual property global health research. WIPO Re:search is a consortium of private and public sector institutions that offer access to their libraries, regulatory data, know-how and other forms of intellectual property that relates to NTDs, malaria and tuberculosis. The Consortium is based on the principle that public health issues are complex and challenging, and that the innovative use of intellectual property and both the private and public sector research is beneficial.

The Consortium is made up of three major components: a database providing details of Intellectual Property available for licensing, along with services and technology not necessarily protected by intellectual property rights; a Partnership Hub managed by a Partnership Hub Administrator where interested parties may learn about the Consortium; and a range of specific Supporting Activities to facilitate negotiations of licensing agreements and to identify research needs with technical assistance from the World Health Organization.

Membership entitlement as a Supporter includes the possibility to encourage facilitation of research and development of products for NTDs. Supporters are also entitled to voluntarily offer support, services or assistance of any kind to the Consortium or its members in order to facilitate achievement of the Principles and Objectives. Supporters may also request WIPO and the Partnership Hub Administrator to consider publication of the website of the Consortium, details of the availability of such support, services and assistance.

As NTDs, malaria and tuberculosis affect over 1 billion people worldwide, the endeavor to share knowledge, intellectual property and know-how with the global research community is important and effective.

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