Updated on 15 September 2015
Tokyo: Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited has decided to participate in WIPO Re:Search, a consortium to accelerate research and development (R&D) of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for neglected tropical diseases, malaria and tuberculosis (TB).
WIPO Re:Search's aim is to advance product development through greater collaboration while making concrete contributions to strengthen the foundations of healthcare in developing countries.
"Takeda's participation in the consortium demonstrates our commitment to supporting better access to medicines for people around the world, including those in emerging markets and developing counties," said Isabel Torres, Director, Access to Medicines, Takeda. "We will continue our efforts to contribute to global health through WIPO Re:Search, together with a number of other Access to Medicines programs such as the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund."
WIPO Re:Search was established in 2011 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in collaboration with BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) and with the active participation of leading pharmaceutical companies and other renowned public sector research organizations. Financial supporters of WIPO Re:Search's activities come from a range of multinational pharmaceutical companies, including Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, plus the governments of Australia and Japan.
Through a public database managed by WIPO, members of the consortium, including the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), provide their intellectual property assets and resources such as compounds, expertise, know-how, etc., under royalty-free licenses. Non-profit organizations and other qualified research institutions will gain access to these assets for the research and development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics. By sharing assets and relevant information via the database, the consortium promotes research to develop innovative treatments for patients.
Based on the needs of WIPO Re:Search members, Takeda and BVGH are currently working together to evaluate and determine potential assets and future contributions from Takeda to the consortium.