Biotechnology refers to any technology that has a biological basis. Although it has historical roots, modern day biotechnology is largely laboratory-based and revolves around molecular studies. The range of biotechnologies that have the potential to help combat infectious diseases of poverty – from genome mapping to genetic engineering – is wide and continues to expand with advances in scientific research.
Biotechnologies, and other biomedical innovations, are likely to lead to the production of new and improved vaccines, diagnostics as well as treatments with which to tackle disease. They can also help improve the understanding of disease, disease pathology, epidemiology, and vector control, and so may help limit the effects and spread of infection.
TDR related research
TDR supports research on this topic. Our work is being conducted in the following areas:
New UN High-Level Panel report on access to medicines
Workshop on how to expand research data sharing
Asian biomedical R&D expenditure estimates challenged
TDR publications and articles
Celebrating 40 years of research
TDR: Health research that makes an impact
TDR Performance assessment framework