WIPO Re:Search

WIPO Re:Search catalyzes the development of new medicines and technologies in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), malaria and tuberculosis. Through innovative research partnerships and R&D collaborations we make intellectual property (IP) available to researchers who need it. Find out more about WIPO Re:Search.

WIPO Re:Search allows organizations to share their IP, compounds, expertise, facilities and know-how royalty-free with qualified researchers worldwide working on new solutions for NTDs, malaria and tuberculosis.

Neglected tropical diseases, malaria and tuberculosis affect more than one billion people across the globe.

Although recent years have seen the arrival of new R&D models and extra resources, there remains a pressing need to bridge research gaps and bring together knowledge, skills and infrastructure from the private, non-profit, and academic sectors.

The IP, resources, and know-how available via WIPO Re:Search accelerate research into NTDs, malaria, and tuberculosis. In turn this increases the chances of success and reduces development costs.

  • WIPO Re:Search offers its members access to an extensive range of knowledge assets, compounds, technology, and expertise provided by other private and public sector members. This saves scientists valuable resources and time.
  • The Partnership Hub, led by BIO Ventures for Global Health, proactively identifies opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing between members.
  • WIPO Re:Search facilitates access to private-sector compounds and compound libraries, helping to repurpose drugs.
  • It acts as a gateway to a range of development-related tools, including training in IP management.

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NTDs, malaria and TB affect more than one billion people in 149 countries – and cost developing countries billions of dollars.

Testimonials

Hear from our partners and members on why WIPO Re:Search works for them.

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"Neglected tropical diseases are the most common afflictions of the world's poorest people. In my opinion, they are the underlying reason why the 'bottom billion' cannot escape poverty."

— Peter Hotez, WIPO Re:Search Advisory Committee member
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"Elimination and eradication of malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) requires the coordinated efforts of international stakeholders from both the corporate and non-profit sectors. WIPO Re:Search is a unique and effective public-private partnership model for accelerating malaria, tuberculosis, and NTD R&D through the free sharing of IP assets."

— Jennifer Dent, President, BIO Ventures for Global Health
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"Merck joined WIPO Re:Search because it is one of the most realistic, tangible and practical projects on the global health scene. We believe that IP is not an access barrier, but the opposite, and we believe that partnering is the right approach."

— Stefan Oschmann, CEO, Merck KGaA
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"One of the very best things that has happened to me and my institute in the recent past is being a member of WIPO Re:Search. WIPO Re:Search connects us with collaborators from developed countries. This is a feat that we have not been able to achieve for decades.”"

— Olaoluwa Pheabian Akinwale, Director of NTD Research, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research

In videos – Sharing innovation to fight NTDs

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Video on YouTube – Hear from WIPO Re:Search Fellow Fidelis Cho-Ngwa, a Cameroon-based expert on River Blindness, about how the Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to neglected tropical disease (NTD) researchers impacts the work of scientists like himself.

Video: Hear from our members how WIPO Re:Search is contributing to the fight against neglected tropical diseases.

Publications

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Strategic Plan 2017–2021

Developed through a consultative process, the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan outlines the principles, strategic goals, and activities that will guide the work of WIPO Re:Search over this 5-year period. More publications.