Reflecting on Recent Developments and Future Challenges in the Area of Access to Medicines, IP and Health Innovation

Organised by ICTSD, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the University of Amsterdam

Geneva International Conference Centre, Geneva, Switzerland, 27 March 2009

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Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the University of Amsterdam organised a roundtable discussion entitled “Reflecting on Recent Developments and Future Challenges in the area of Access to Medicines, IP and Health Innovation”, on Friday 27th of March 2009, 14h45-16h45 at Room B, Centre International de Conférences CICG, Genève, (17 Rue de Varembé 17. 1211 Geneva, CICG).

From the recent seizures of generic drugs in transit to announcements by some major pharmaceutical companies in relation to patent pools and cheaper drugs for the poorest countries, both issues of access and innovation remain pressing concerns on the global agenda.

MSF, ICTSD and the University of Amsterdam invited a number of scholars and experts to reflect on the status and future prospects of access to medicines and health innovation.

The keynote speakers were Ellen’t Hoen and Frederick Abbott

Ellen’t Hoen, UNITAID Senior Advisor on IP & Medicines Patent Pool and formerly Director of Policy and Advocacy at MSF, has been closely involved in the most important developments on issues relating to access to medicines and intellectual property in the past decade. She presented her book The Global Politics of Pharmaceutical Monopoly Power , in which she suggests that a policy agenda for access and health innovation needs to tackle the fundamental question of how to create incentives for R&D that do not create access barriers.

Research on this book was conducted by the author as a fellow of the IS (international cooperation) Academy HIV/AIDS, a partnership program of the Amsterdam School for Social science Research (University of Amsterdam) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Professor Frederick Abbott, a Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law, is a well known international expert on IP and health and has been a consultant to many governments, international organizations and NGOs in this area.

A number of experts and negotiators also addressed the meeting.

The presentations will be followed by a discussion with participants.

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