Pragmatic and Principled: DNDi’s Approach to IP Management

by Banerji J and Pecoul B. Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation: A Handbook of Best Practices (eds. A Krattiger, RT Mahoney, L Nelsen, et al.) 2007.

Summary: DNDi’s mission is to develop safe, effective, and affordable new drugs for patients suffering from neglected diseases and to ensure equitable access to these drugs. DNDi believes that intellectual property (IP) rights should not pose a barrier to access to these medicines, and that a balanced approach to IP management is therefore critical. DNDi’s IP policy articulates the organization’s approach to IP and ensures that products are accessible and affordable to patients who need them most. DNDi recognizes the reality of IP and seeks to implement its humanitarian mission using best, pragmatic practices for IP management. DNDi has already demonstrated that this is feasible, having successfully negotiated with both private and public sector institutions.

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