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24 May 2017Africa

WIPO reveals new plan to fight tropical diseases

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Re:Search, a public-private consortium, has launched a new five-year guide to its activities in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria and tuberculosis.

Re:Search is a project established by WIPO together with its partner BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH).

The new plan was announced  yesterday at WIPO Re:Search’s biennial meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. It intends to guide the public-private consortium's activities through 2021.

The plan allows organisations to share their IP, compounds, expertise, facilities and know-how.

In a statement, WIPO said that the new strategic plan seeks to ensure that Re:Search harnesses new research and development trends in global health, while contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in September 2015 with the intention to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all”.

“Neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis are devastating conditions that disproportionately affect the poorest and most disadvantaged among us,” said WIPO director general Francis Gurry.

He added: “WIPO believes that IP is a powerful tool for stimulating innovation and WIPO Re:Search is our principal effort to ensure that IP supports advances in global health research.”

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