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WIPO Re:Search Gains Momentum in the Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

26-Feb-2015 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 4738
GENEVA - WIPO Re:Search signed on more than a dozen new members in 2014, including two leading pharmaceutical firms, and nearly doubled the number of research agreements using shared intellectual property to promote the fight against neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis and malaria, a press release by the Organization stated.

During WIPO Re:Search’s third full year of operation, the consortium welcomed 14 new members including Merck KGaA and Kineta Inc., as well as six institutions from the developing world, where the targeted diseases are most prevalent.

As 2014 closed, 82 collaborations were in place among the 94 members, including 38 new agreements, nearly doubling the numbers of managed partnerships and surpassing the goal of 15 new agreements for the year.
“We are very pleased with the level of engagement and interest in WIPO Re:Search by the various providers and users,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “We are hopeful that these positive results will continue to grow in the coming years and lead to outcomes to alleviate the huge burden of neglected tropical diseases on already vulnerable populations.”

WIPO Re:Search allows organizations to share their intellectual property, compounds, expertise, facilities and know-how royalty-free with qualified researchers worldwide working on new solutions for these maladies, which affect more than one billion people across the globe.

Malaria and tuberculosis represented 44% of all partnerships established by the end of 2014. Other collaboration cover an additional 12 neglected tropical diseases, with drug discovery continuing to be the primary focus of agreements established in 2014.

More information about WIPO Re:Search activities is available in "Catalyzing Partnerships for Global Health", the 2014 Partnership Hub  annual report from WIPO Re:Search partner BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH)  
BVGH President Jennifer Dent welcomed the results in 2014 and expressed hope that this year will continue to see similar growth in collaborations.

“We are extremely proud of what our members have accomplished through WIPO Re:Search to date. With 82 agreements established, WIPO Re:Search is poised to have an important impact on filling the pipelines for these devastating neglected diseases,” said Ms. Dent. 

Recent years have seen the arrival of new research and development models and extra resources, yet there remains a pressing need to bridge research gaps and bring together knowledge, skills and infrastructure from the private, non-profit, and academic sectors.
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