USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah spoke to the participants of the Partnering for Global Health Forum in Washington, DC, this afternoon, an annual event sponsored by BIO and BioVentures for Global Health. He praised the efforts of industry, especially the biotech sector, to work toward improving global health, including R&D for new therapeutics as well as product affordability and access efforts. He noted how the global health sector is committed to making a difference now more than ever, even in a time of harsh financial realities (the recent $4.3 billion GAVI commitment by nations around the world is just one sign of multisector determination to improve global health). And he echoed the importance of two key phrases flowing through the conference thus far–financial sustainability and partnerships. Read more »
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In Bethesda, Maryland, this week, representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and European Commission are helping to launch an International Rare Disease Consortium to develop a diagnostic tool for every known rare disease by 2020, along with new therapies to treat 200 of them, according to an April 4 Nature article. The goal is quite ambitious—similar to the UN’s Millennium Development Goal targets to eliminate worldwide poverty by 2015—but it’s a task well-worth pursuing. Read more »
The crises in Japan and Libya this month have drawn attention once again to the outstanding work of many international relief agencies as they work around the clock to deliver needed food, water, supplies, and medicines to civilians. The pharma industry is no exception.