SHAPING THE WORLD – A pivotal moment in research and innovation for global health

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Innovation underpins successful societies, sustainable growth and global health. The UN Sustainable Development Goals seek the end of epidemics of HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and other neglected infectious diseases. These diseases kill nearly seven million people each year, often due to a lack of effective tools for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Without these missing tools – without innovation – we will never achieve sustainable development and health for all.

Neglected diseases affect the world’s poorest people. Solutions must therefore come by bringing together the funding of the public and philanthropic sectors and the ingenuity and creativity of the private sector, universities and researchers, who develop transformative technologies and build understanding that can change the future of global health.

The conclusions of the 2016 G-FINDER report, to be launched at the event, provide policymakers, funders, researchers and industry with an understanding of how neglected disease research and development is funded around the world. Conducted by Policy Cures Research and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the G-FINDER project has tracked and reported on investment into neglected disease R&D since 2008. It provides a unique window into the shifting global funding landscape for innovation in global health, helping to determining the next steps for R&D in Europe and the world.

  • What does the latest information on the unprecedented global response to the Ebola epidemic tell us about how innovation for global health can be supported?
  • How can Europe and the rest of the global health community make decisions about the role they will play in supporting innovation to address the health Sustainable Development Goals?
  • How can the future EU research framework programme be relevant, credible and stimulate innovation in the field of global health?
  • How can durable sustainable private, public and philanthropic funding for global health research and innovation be encouraged from Europe and the world?

IMAGE CREDIT: Satenik Guzhanina/


11.00 – 11.30 Welcome coffee and registration of participants
11.30 – 13.00 G-Finder Report launch and Policy Insight debate
13.00 End of debate

Moderated by
Tamsin Rose / Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe


  • Bill Gates

    Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Nick Chapman

    Executive Director at Policy Cures Research

  • Catharina Boehme

    Chief Executive Officer at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)

  • Luc Debruyne

    President of Global Vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

  • Ruxandra Draghia-Akli

    European Commission deputy director general for research and innovation

  • Tamsin Rose

    Non-Resident Fellow at Friends of Europe

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Sarah Bentz, Programme Manager

Tel: +32 2 893 98 23



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