Miss Sadie Regmi (UAEM & University of Manchester) is studying for a degree in medicine at the University of Manchester. She is UK Coordinator of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), which aims to maximise global access to public health goods, and promote research into Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). University students involved with UAEM from around the world are working to change the way universities commercialise drugs and other medical technologies. In 2011, Sadie co-founded the Manchester NTD Society, and has since been involved in research into NTDs. She works as a research assistant at the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, where she has been involved in research on a variety of issues such as the ethics of interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, organ donation ethics, issues of ageism and equality and intellectual property rights and alternative ways of incentivising innovation.
Sadie will be talking about "Improving Global Health: Intellectual Property Rights and Alternative Ways of Incentivising Innovation." - In recent decades, the impact of IPRs on the health outcomes, particularly of those in developing nations, has been noted. I will analyse the innovation incentivising effect of IPRs and two other systems of incentivising innovation: a prize-fund based Health Impact Fund and a Medical Research and Development Treaty that aims to incentivise basic research. In addition to exploring the incentivising effect of the systems, I will also examine their impact on information asymmetries between the parties involved, economic development, overall welfare and equity in innovation.