WIPO Re:Search

By catalyzing a broad range of innovative collaborations, WIPO Re:Search supports early-stage research and development (R&D) in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), malaria, and tuberculosis.  Harnessing the power of public-private partnerships, we help make IP available to scientists who need it. Find out more about WIPO Re:Search.

WIPO Re:Search allows organizations to share their IP, compounds, expertise, facilities and know-how royalty-free with qualified researchers worldwide working on new solutions for NTDs, malaria and tuberculosis.

Neglected tropical diseases, malaria and tuberculosis affect more than one billion people across the globe.

Although recent years have seen the arrival of new R&D models and extra resources, there remains a pressing need to bridge research gaps and bring together knowledge, skills and infrastructure from the private, non-profit, and academic sectors.

The IP, resources, and know-how available via WIPO Re:Search accelerate research into NTDs, malaria, and tuberculosis. In turn this increases the chances of success and reduces development costs.

  • WIPO Re:Search offers its members access to an extensive range of knowledge assets, compounds, technology, and expertise provided by other private and public sector members. This saves scientists valuable resources and time.
  • The Partnership Hub, led by BIO Ventures for Global Health, proactively identifies opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing between members.
  • WIPO Re:Search facilitates access to private-sector compounds and compound libraries, helping to repurpose drugs.
  • It acts as a gateway to a range of development-related tools, including training in IP management.

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Come Explore IP for a Healthier World: Ten Years of WIPO Re:Search Advancing Global Health

Until June 30, 2022


A WIPO Virtual Exhibition hosted by the WIPO Knowledge Center that takes a close-up look at how IP and ingenuity fuel an innovative public-private partnership tackling some of the world’s most devastating diseases.

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Video: About WIPO Re:Search

Quick Facts

Focuses on 21 diseases that represent 13.8% of the total global disease burden

Unites 150+ academic institutions, governmental organzations and pharmaceutical companies worldwide

Supports 51 ongoing innovative collaborations

Catalyses research for diseases that receive only 1.34% of global health-related R&D expenditure


Hear from our partners and members on why WIPO Re:Search works for them.

Photo of Jennifer Dent, President, BIO Ventures for Global Health
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"Elimination and eradication of malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) requires the coordinated efforts of international stakeholders from both the corporate and non-profit sectors. WIPO Re:Search is a unique and effective public-private partnership model for accelerating malaria, tuberculosis, and NTD R&D through the free sharing of IP assets."

— Jennifer Dent, President, BIO Ventures for Global Health
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"Merck joined WIPO Re:Search because it is one of the most realistic, tangible and practical projects on the global health scene. We believe that IP is not an access barrier, but the opposite, and we believe that partnering is the right approach."

— Stefan Oschmann, CEO, Merck KGaA
Photo of Olaoluwa Pheabian Akinwale, Director of NTD Research
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"One of the very best things that has happened to me and my institute in the recent past is being a member of WIPO Re:Search. WIPO Re:Search connects us with collaborators from developed countries. This is a feat that we have not been able to achieve for decades."

— Olaoluwa Pheabian Akinwale, Director of NTD Research, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research

In videos – Sharing innovation to fight NTDs

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Video on YouTube – Hear from WIPO Re:Search Fellow Fidelis Cho-Ngwa, a Cameroon-based expert on River Blindness, about how the Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to neglected tropical disease (NTD) researchers impacts the work of scientists like himself.

Video: Hear from our members about how WIPO Re:Search is contributing to the fight against neglected tropical diseases.