5 November 2014
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:
WHO-WIPO-WTO JOINT SYMPOSIUM 2014

Innovation and access to medical technologies

The World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO) held a technical symposium on “Innovation and access to medical technologies: challenges and opportunities for middle income countries” on 5 November 2014 at the WTO in Geneva.

This fourth trilateral technical symposium looked at some of the opportunities and challenges in middle-income countries. While they are catching up in the area of biomedical innovation and industrial development, they are also facing challenges in ensuring access to innovative health products for their populations.

 

INNOVATION AND ACCESS TO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES

A JOINT TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM BY
WHO, WIPO AND WTO

GENEVA, 5 November 2014, WTO CR Room

PROGRAMME

08.30 – 09.00

Registration of Participants

09.00 – 10.15

Opening Remarks 

  • Xiaozhun Yi, Deputy Director-General
    World Trade Organization (WTO)
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  • Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, World Health Organization (WHO)
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  • Johannes Christian Wichard, Deputy Director General, Global Issues Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
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10.30 – 12.00

Session 1: Setting the scene

The concept of middle-income countries: What does it mean? How do we measure capacity for innovation? What are the factors of success?

Discussion

    Moderator:

    Carlos Primo Braga, Professor, IMD and Director, The Evian [email protected]

    Speakers:

    — Robert B Koopman, WTO Chief Economist

    — David Evans, David B. Evans, Director, Department of Health Systems Governance& Financing (HGF), WHO
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    — Carsten Fink, WIPO Chief Economist
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> Audio
Video: Part 1
Video: Part 2

12.00 – 12.30

Ebola: Innovation and Access to New Treatments

 

 

13.30 – 15.00

Session 2 : Trends in medical technologies innovation in MICs

    Moderator: Johannes Christian Wichard, WIPO

    Speakers:

    — Joseph Damond, Senior Vice-President International, BIO
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    — Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Dept. of Biotechnology, Government of India
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    — Peter Chun, Chairman, EASE-Medtrend Biotech (Shanghai) Ltd.
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> Audio
Video: Part 1
Video: Part 2

 

 

15.15 – 16.45

Session 3: The challenge of ensuring access to medical technologies in middle-income countries

    Moderator: Cornelis de Joncheere, Director Essential Medicines and Health Products, WHO

    Speakers:

    — Chua Hong Teck, Director of Healthcare National Key Economic Area in the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, Malaysia
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    — Manica Balasegaram, Executive Director Access Campaign Médecins Sans Frontières  
    > Presentation

    — Wim Leereveld, Founder & CEO Access to Medicine Foundation
    > Presentation

> Audio
Video: Part 1
Video: Part 2

 

 

16.45 – 17.30

Closing Session: Wrap up and Future plans

    Speakers:

    — Johannes Christian Wichard, WIPO
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    — Zafar Mirza, Coordinator Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, WHO
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    — Antony Taubman, Director, Intellectual Property Division, WTO
    > Audio

Video