Thomas Pogge held an inspiring keynote speech on a health impact fund which should circumvent flaws in the current patent system.
he convincingly argued that the current systems under WTO rules favors innovations directed towards maintenance drugs , and with a focus on customers in the world who can afford to pay. The new fund arranges incentives to invest in research on diseases most common in the world, and appearing among the poorest. The whole idea stands and falls with the willingness of governments to invest in the fund. Most physicians by now agree that too little drugs are developed for the poorest and that the current patent system keeps the prices high. Now, it is up to governments to listen to doctors advice for policy!
Dr. Dr.phil. RENE VON SCHOMBERG is a philosopher and a STS specialist. He is currently Guest Professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He holds Ph.D's from the University of Twente (NL) (Science and Technology Studies) and J.W.Goethe University in Frankfurt (Philosophy). He has been a European Union Fellow at George Mason University, USA in 2007 and has been with the European Commission since 1998
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