Health Action International (HAI) and Commons Network (CN) organize a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of the system of medical research & development (R&D). The event will be in Brussels, in the European Parliament, on Wednesday the 31st of January. And you can come!
On behalf of Commons Network, our director David Hammerstein will give a presentation on challenges and opportunities and more specifically on How To Manage Biomedical Knowledge As A Commons.
Member of the European Parliament Lola Sanchez Caldentey, one of the hosts, will start the day with introductory remarks. Other hosts are MEPs Nessa Childers and Michele Rivasi.
The first panel will focus on how the market-driven R&D system affects the current Horizon 2020 programme. Speakers are:
- Fanny Voitzwinkler, of Global Health Advocates
- Nessa Childers, MEP
- dr. Silvio Garattini, of the Mario Negri Institute
- Ursula Theuretzbacher, of the Center for Anti-infective Agents
- Martin Pigeon, of the Corporate Europe Observatory.
In the second panel, we will focus on alternatives to the current system, specifically how to incorporate public-needs oriented R&D into the new Framework Programme 9 (FP9). Speakers are:
- Jaume Vidal, of Health Action International
- Spring Gombe, of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi)
- Aude Lapprand, of Sciences Citoyennes
- Erika Dueñas, of the Medicines Patent Pool.
The respondent will be Jean-François Dechamp of the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation), and final remarks will be by MEP Michèle Rivasi.
We hope to work together to make concrete recommendations to shape the upcoming FP9 in ways that guarantee a fair public return on public investment.
The discussion starts at 09:00 in the morning. Please register here if you want to be a part of this special event. We will try to cover as much as possible during the event using the hashtags #Open4Health and #HealthCommons. So follow us here!
For press inquiries, send an e-mail to thomas at commonsnetwork.eu