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Performance-based Innovation Rewards

Objective

REWARD will open up new horizons in complementing the international intellectual property rights (IPR) system. The project's ambitious output is an ethically and legally sound performance-based reward mechanism for pharmaceutical innovation, which complements the existing patent regime, yet mitigates its considerable disadvantages for the global poor.

The current IPR system impedes access to life-saving medicines for the poor in two main ways. First, high prices for pharmaceutical innovations are required to recoup research and development costs through time-limited patent protection. Whilst high price levels maintain incentives for pharmaceutical innovation, they price new medicines beyond the range of the poor creating an accessibility problem. At the same time, diseases that burden the poor are often not worthy of investment for pharmaceutical innovators, creating an availability problem ('neglected diseases').

Many international research groups are working on IPR reform plans based on performance-based rewards for pharmaceutical innovation. However, their efforts are disparate and lacking a guiding vision. REWARD will use world-class ethics research as the steering force to determine which performance-based reward mechanism for pharmaceutical innovation is the most promising. In an interdisciplinary collaboration of ethicists, lawyers, economists, and statisticians, with experts in medicine, science and technology policy and gender studies the selected mechanism will be tested in a developed and a developing country.

Field of science

  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics
  • /social sciences/sociology/gender studies
  • /social sciences/law/human rights

Call for proposal

ERC-2013-ADG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant
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Host institution

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE
Address
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PR1 2HE Preston
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 464 968
Principal investigator
Thomas Winfried Menko Pogge (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Alexis Holden (Dr.)

Beneficiaries (3)

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 464 968
Address
-
PR1 2HE Preston
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Thomas Winfried Menko Pogge (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Alexis Holden (Dr.)
RESEARCH AND INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
India
EU contribution
€ 217 327,20
Address
Lodhi Road, India Habitat Centre, Core 4B 4Th Floor
110 003 New Delhi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sachin Chaturvedi (Dr.)
University of Calgary
Canada
EU contribution
€ 240 043,20
Address
University Drive Nw 2500
T2N 1N4 Calgary Alberta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Reynolds (Dr.)