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Facing Tense IP And Health Talks, WHO Board Erupts Into Dance (Video)

Member nations of the World Health Organization became accustomed in recent years to singing by the WHO director general, and sometimes crying, but under the new DG there seems to be a move toward the whole room getting up in the middle of serious negotiations and ... dancing.

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CBD Issues Study On Challenges For Benefit-Sharing Of Digital Genetic Information

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity has issued the results of a fact-finding study on genetic resources digital genetic information. The study particularly examined terminology and how digital genetic information are influencing its protocol on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources. The study called for policymakers to stay abreast of the profound developments shaping research today, and underlined challenges such as the identification of contributors and users, the provenance of sequences, and what the study defined as a "grey area" between non-commercial and commercial research.

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New Text Shows Progress Of Negotiation On IP And Access At WHO

The Brazilian ambassador and others this morning at the World Health Organization Executive Board meeting were not going to let go of what seemed to be a delaying tactic by the United States and Japan to postpone agreement on the implementation of measures aimed at facilitating research and development and access to medicines. The WHO Board today is considering a set of streamlined strategic measures on public health, innovation, and intellectual property.

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WHO Board Shows Resolve In Tackling Shortages, Access To Medicines, Vaccines

The members of the World Health Organization Executive Board tonight (24 January) agreed to create a roadmap on global shortages of, and access to, medicines and vaccines. WHO members proclaimed the urgent need to address prices and availability of safe and efficient medicines and vaccines, some requesting the recently elected director general of the organisation to help find solutions.

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Panel Spells Out Key Intellectual Property Issues For Venture Capitalists

Intellectual property issues are becoming increasingly important to venture capital investment decisions, speakers said at a recent American Bar Association webinar.

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ITU: 4 Of 5 People In LDCs Can Access Mobile Networks, But Are Not Using Internet

A new report by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) shows "great strides" in mobile phone penetration in least-developed countries. However, those countries are well behind developed countries when it comes to internet usage.

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WHO Members Set To Debate Transparency Of R&D Costs

World Health Organization Executive Board members and observer countries today are preparing to discuss recommendations on ways to lower prices and make medicines more accessible. This includes a new proposal to increase transparency in research and development costs that is reportedly causing concern among some developed countries.

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New Project To Sequence Genes Of Amazon Biodiversity, Enforce Benefit Sharing, Announced At Davos

A new partnership announced at the World Economic Forum this week plans to sequence the genome of all biodiversity in the Amazon basin and make sure that benefits from the commercialisation of products derived from this mapping are fairly and equitably shared.

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Antimicrobial Benchmark For Industry Launched In Davos

Across the Alps from this week's World Health Organization Executive Board meeting, the first ever antimicrobial resistance benchmark was launched today at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos.

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Three New Draft Proposals At WHO: Shortages, Snakebite, Assistive Technology

Three new draft proposals at the World Health Organization Executive Board this week underline the importance of access and affordability, whether it is vaccines and medicines, including antivenoms, or assistive technology. The draft resolutions call on member states as well as the WHO secretariat to urgently take action to facilitate access to products and technologies at affordable prices.

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