Comments, WHO Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (“IGWG”)

BIO commends the IGWG for its work on a global strategy and plan of action that, according to its mandate, will aim at "securing an enhanced and sustainable basis for needs-driven, essential health R&D relevant to diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries, proposing clear objectives and priorities for R&D and estimating funding needs in the area." BIO members fully support the work of the IGWG and see this as an opportunity that should not be missed to improve coordination internationally between industry, governments and other non-governmental organizations to achieve practical results that can improve the condition of patients in the near team.