Trying to meet the challenge of health innovation for neglected diseases: New players in an old game or a new game and some different players?


Prof. Joanna Chataway, The Open University, UK

Over the last decade we have seen the emergence of some important new players in global health innovation including a new breed of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Product Development Partnerships (PDPs). Drawing on a case study of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and early results from case studies of other product development partnerships, this talk will address the significance of these partnerships and other recently constituted ‘social technologies’. The presentation will question whether, in the context of the evolution of the pharmaceutical industry, new partnership arrangements are likely to endure and whether they are a sign of broader change in the sector.

About the speaker
Joanna Chataway is Professor of Biotechnology and Development at the Open University. She is also Co-Director of the UK Economic and Social Research Council INNOGEN Research Centre. INNOGEN conducts interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research into life science innovation.

Venue: Keizer Karelplein 19, 4th floor

Date: 27 November 2008

Time: 14:00


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