[Ip-health] World Health Organization Executive Board to create new consultative expert working group on R&D Financing

thiru at keionline.org thiru at keionline.org
Mon Jan 17 07:30:46 PST 2011


World Health Organization Executive Board to create new consultative  
expert working group on R&D Financing
By James Love
Created 17 Jan 2011 - 8:55am

Today the WHO is expected to take up the Report by the Secretariat on  
"the Establishment of a consultative expert working group on research  
and development: financing and coordination." (link here [1]).

The WHO has proposed a "short list" of 21 names for the new body.  
Among the surprises is the lack of anyone from India, and the  
inclusion of Paul Herrling. Herrling was nominated by Switzerland.  
While Herrling is well liked, he is also a high ranking official of  
Novartis, and is the author of a proposal [2] that will be evaluated  
by the CEWG, asking for up to $10 billion to subsidize R&D on  
neglected diseases.

It is possible the new group to have its first meeting in March 2011,  
and attempt to finish its work by March 2012. Given the complexity of  
its work, it is an ambitious time table.

The work of the CEWG will be part of the WHO cluster on Innovation,  
Information, Evidence and Research, under the direction Assistant  
Director-General Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, [3] who took over the cluster  
in October 2010. Earlier, Dr Kieny directed the WHO Initiative for  
Vaccine Research since its inception in 2001. A major funder of the  
WHO work on vaccine research is the Gates Foundation. In the past, the  
Gates Foundation has opposed discussions at the WHO on a new  
biomedical R&D treaty, or the use of prizes to replace monopolies for  
the development of new drugs, vaccines and diagnostic devices. This  
may put Dr. Kieny in a difficult position, as the WHO balances the  
member states interest in new approaches to funding medical R&D with  
the advocacy and interest of the largest private funder of the WHO.


Source URL: http://keionline.org/node/1055

[1] http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB128/B128_6-en.pdf
[2] http://www.who.int/entity/phi/Novartis.pdf
[3] http://www.who.int/dg/adg/kieny/en/index.html

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