THE DOOR IS OPEN: Can open source R&D improve access to medicines?

Approximately one third of the world’s population doesn’t have access to essential medicines. In the poorest countries, this figure rises to half.

Join Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) for this online panel discussion exploring how open source R&D can be utilised to improve accessibility to medical products and drive innovation based on global health needs.

Our panelists (announced weekly) have backgrounds in policy, research and industry and will be discussing the benefits of this approach, the barriers that face effective open source R&D, and how people working at any stage of the R&D pipeline can use open source approaches in their work. The event will touch on how open source R&D has been used in the COVID-19 pandemic, and how we can apply lessons learned in the pandemic to all medicines, vaccines and diagnostics in the future.

Update on 13/09: We are delighted to announce our second speaker is Dr Els Torreele, former Executive Director of MSF Access Campaign and experienced researcher and advocate on Medical Innovation & Access. Check out our social media platforms for short biographies on her and Dr Alpha Lee, and for further updates on the event:

The event is aimed at students, researchers, advocacy workers, policy makers, medical professionals, industry professionals and more. So, if you want to explore how open source methods could ignite innovation, increase the quality of scientific research or reshape the R&D system, sign up for this FREE event now.

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The event will be held on Zoom on Tuesday the 12th of October from 16:30 - 18:00 UTC (17:30 - 19:00 BST). The link will be sent to registered attendees closer to the event.

Accessibility: The event will be held on Zoom, with automatically generated captions. There will also be a recorded version on YouTube. After registration, instructions of how to join the event will be distributed to registered attendees. If you have any questions or specific requirements, please contact us through the eventbrite contact form.