In a special interview airing this Sunday on “BioCentury This Week,” Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos lays out his plan to reward humanitarian inventions with vouchers to speed up intellectual property reviews.
The interview airs Sunday, October 24, on “BioCentury This Week,” 8:30-9:00 A.M. EDT, on WUSA Channel 9 in Washington, D.C., and on Fox affiliate WFXT Channel 25 in Boston, with streaming video broadcast starting at 9:00 A.M. on www.biocenturytv.com.
The program also features interviews with Dr. Melinda Moree, CEO of BIO Ventures for Global Health, who reviews the progress of Priority Review Vouchers for companies to develop treatments for neglected tropical diseases, and with Dr. Carolyn Asbury, Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Rare Disorders, and Dr. Nancy Sung, Senior Program Officer of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, who explain the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for accelerating R&D for rare diseases.
“The humanitarian IP proposal is intended to incent innovation in areas that will help people be more healthy, that will get access to medicines they need, to sanitation they need, to clean water, and that will help people in impoverished parts of the world,” Kappos told BioCentury

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