Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

R&D Growing in Middle-Income Countries

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

R&D Growing in Middle-Income Countries

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Middle-income countries are becoming increasingly engaged in innovative activities ranging from early stage research to clinical development of pharmaceutical products, according to a report focusing on Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

The report, entitled Policies that encourage innovation in middle-income countries, was commissioned by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) to find the factors that stimulate and drive innovation in these countries. It was carried out by consultants Charles River Associates (CRA).

The report found that the key success factor for increasing innovative activities was establishing a consistent long-term policy and legal frameworks. These, it said, should be coupled with effective coordination of national industrial and health policies, encouragement of collaborations between stakeholders and adequate intellectual property pro tection. Their success was defined both by the level of engagement in domestic innovation activities as well as countries' ability to attract international research and development activities. …

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