SOAS University of London

Ensuring Innovation and Equitable Access to Medicines: Challenges and Possibilities for a New Global Framework for R&D

Dr Suerie Moon

Date: 24 October 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 10 November 0025Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

The tension between globalization of patent and its impact on access to medicines for people living in resource poor settings has been one of the spotlight struggles. The complex political economy around patent has made the legal flexibilities an uneasy tool to be used by developing countries in safeguarding public health interests. In addition, the current patent centric and market driven model of R&D among pharmaceutical sectors has been seen as insufficient in stimulating innovations for diseases mainly affecting resource poor settings. Facing such dilemma, a number of proposals for alternative mechanism building have emerged during the past decade, among which the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property in 2008, invoking the ambition for a new global framework building on R&D. Will the vision for a new global framework deliver? What are the current challenges and opportunities? The speaker will bring the up to date insight and analysis on the issue based on her experiences.

Dr Suerie Moon, MPA (Princeton), PhD (Harvard) is Research Director and Co-Chair of the Forum on Global Governance for Health at the Harvard Global Health Institute, Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health. She also co-directs the Project on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her work focuses on global governance, the political economy of global health, the evolution of international regimes, and innovative policies for addressing global problems. Dr Moon is a member of the editorial board of PLoS Medicine, Board of Directors of MSF-USA, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative-North America, the expert Proposal Review Committee of UNITAID, the Global Advisory Committee of the WHO project on local production for access to medical products, and the Chatham House Global Health Working Group on Financing.

All events are free and open to students and non-students. No registration is required.

Organiser: Yuan Qiong Hu

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