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Global Health and IP

Scientific and technological innovation has contributed to significant advances in public health. The challenge for policymakers is to establish an environment that stimulates health innovation while ensuring widespread access to new, more effective products to address unmet global health needs.

WIPO’s Global Challenges program seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the complex linkages between global health and access to medical technologies, innovation, technology transfer and trade. The goal is to leverage intellectual property (IP) as a tool that contributes to meeting the world’s most pressing health needs.

Ida Tin, FemTech Pioneer and CEO of Clue

This episode features Danish entrepreneur Ida Tin, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Clue, a menstrual tracking app used by millions worldwide. Credited with coining the term “FemTech”, Ida is on a mission to leverage digital technologies to improve women’s health, including by helping them better understand and manage their reproductive health.

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Mr. Patrick Tippoo

What is femtech and how is it revolutionizing healthcare for women? What role can it play in the prevention and detection of breast cancer? The fifteenth episode of WIPO's Mission Imagination series features two women entrepreneurs, Kemisola Bolarinwa, inventor of the “Smart Bra” capable of detecting early-stage breast cancer, and Josefa Cortés, founder of Palpa, a company working to spread awareness among women on how to spot and feel anomalies through a breast-shaped shower sponge.

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Mr. Patrick Tippoo

Less than 1% of vaccines used in Africa are manufactured locally, but the need for immunization continues to grow. In this episode of WIPO’s Mission Imagination series, Mr. Patrick Tippoo, Chief Science and Innovation Officer at South Africa-based Biovac, and Executive Director and founding member of the African Vaccine Manufacturing Initiative (AVMI), shares insights on what it takes to build sustainable vaccine manufacturing ecosystems.

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Dr. Richard Hatchett – CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) talks about CEPI’s multistakeholder approach to develop vaccines for deadly diseases as well as for diseases that may not even exist yet in this episode of WIPO’s Mission Imagination series.

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Trilateral cooperation

The World Health Organization (WHO), WIPO and the World Trade Organization (WTO) cooperate on issues around global health, IP and trade.

Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for COVID-19 Vaccines: Assessment of the Record

by Frederick M. Abbott

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World Intellectual Property Day 2024

Explore how intellectual property can amplify the impact of innovative and creative solutions for building our common future and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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