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Promoting access to medical technologies and innovation

Place: Geneva, Switzerland
Date: 5 February 2013

WHO, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) will launch a new study on the linked roles that public health policies, intellectual property and trade can play in advancing medical technology and ensuring it is available equitably to all who need it.

The event will be open to the public and take place at 16:30–18:00 on 5 February 2013 in the WTO’s CR Building.

The Directors-General of the WHO, WIPO and WTO will present the study. The event will be chaired by Madame Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland and former Swiss Federal Councillor. It will be followed by a reception in the WTO Atrium.

The study, “Promoting access to medical technologies and innovation: intersections between public health, intellectual property and trade," aims to assist policy-makers by providing an overview of the interplay between public health, trade and intellectual property, information on legal and policy options, and empirical data.

It illustrates the need to adopt a holistic approach, ranging from research and discovery to delivery, encompassing the health, trade and intellectual property dimensions. It is another milestone in the close cooperation between WHO, WIPO and WTO.

For logistical and security clearance purposes, it is essential that participants register by email prior to 31 January 2013.

Register for the event by email