World Health Assembly Side Event - Innovative Financing for Global Health R&D

World Health Assembly Side Event - Innovative Financing for Global Health R&D

24 May 2013
Geneva, Switzerland

Venue: Room XXIV of Palais des Nations, Geneva

The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), launched on 8 April 2013, is bringing Japanese leadership in health and technology innovation – from its public and private sectors – to the global fight against diseases that disproportionately affect the poorest of the poor.

At this event, Global Health Experts will comment on Japan’s First Public-Private Partnership to Advance Global Health R&D.



George Jagoe, MBA, Moderator

Executive Vice President for Access and Product Management, Medicines for Malaria Venture



Masato Mugitani, MD, MPH

Assistant Minister for Global Health, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan



BT Slingsby, MD, PhD, MPH

Executive Director & CEO, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund

Bernard Pécoul, MD, MPH

Executive Director, Drugs for Neglected Disease initiative

David Reddy, PhD

CEO, Medicines for Malaria Venture


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