[Ip-health] Knowledge Portal: New resource for finding evidence on policies for innovation and access to medicines

Suerie Moon suerie.moon at graduateinstitute.ch
Fri Jun 14 01:11:21 PDT 2019

Knowledge Portal: New resource for finding evidence on policies for
innovation and access to medicines

The Knowledge Network for Innovation and Access to Medicines launched
today a new online tool providing open-access information, research
and analysis on policies relating to pharmaceutical innovation and
access. The Knowledge Portal, available at
https://www.knowledgeportalia.org, aims to make existing knowledge
more widely-available and easily accessible to researchers, advocates,
practitioners and policymakers to improve policies for innovation and
globally-equitable access to medicines. It is a project of the Global
Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and
Development Studies in Geneva, supported by a grant of the Open
Society Foundations.

The Knowledge Portal brings four main resources: research syntheses,
data sources, list of research gaps and webinars. The resources are
divided into three interrelated themes: Pricing, Intellectual Property
and Innovation, and cover a range of related topics.

The research syntheses provide a concise, comprehensive overview of
the current state of research on a specific topic, covering the main
studies in the academic literature, with efforts to cover the grey
literature as well. Currently, the Portal offers syntheses of the
state of research on 17 topics, such as tiered pricing, competition
law, shortages and public funding of R&D, with further topics in
progress. The research syntheses are living documents; they will
undergo open peer review and be periodically updated to incorporate
feedback and new research.

In addition to the research syntheses, the Knowledge Portal has a
section on data sources, a compilation of open-access data sources to
find further information related to innovation and access to medicines
issues. Data sources include information on medicines prices,
pharmaceutical company policies, patent information, R&D costs &
funding, and clinical trials, among topics.

Another resource provided is a synthesized list of research gaps
identified in the current knowledge database. The “Research Gaps” list
was drawn from a combination of data sources gathered in 2018-19:
literature reviews synthesizing the existing knowledge base, in-person
research meetings, and expert opinion. Under each topic are links to
further information on the website on relevant literature and/or data
sources; however, these resources only partially address the research
gaps. The list may be of use to researchers, students, research
funders and others who can help to fill the gaps.

Finally, the Portal announces upcoming webinars presented by leading
medicines policy researchers in the series organized by the Knowledge
Network, and houses recordings of previous webinars. The webinars aim
to make recent, policy-relevant research more accessible to a global
public audience, and to bring questions from communities of policy &
practice to researchers.

The Knowledge Portal is intended to be a collaborative tool. Comments
and information about additional research and data sources, as well as
suggestions for the webinar series, are welcome at
globalhealthresearch at graduateinstitute.ch.

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