The goal of this roundtable is to generate recommendations for licensing terms for diagnostics. The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is part of the WHO-convened COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP). Although the MPP has extensive experience with medicines, this is the first time the MPP is engaging with diagnostics. We hope the recommendations will help guide the MPP’s work and strategy to support diagnostics access (including beyond COVID-19) through sharing of technical know-how and pooling of intellectual property. As a start, this consultation aims to solicit input from a broad range of actors on disease scope, target products and technologies, terms and conditions for in- and out-licensing, and considerations for engaging licensees, particularly manufacturers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Roundtable Organizers

Fulcrum Project (a partnership of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society).


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13:00-16:00 CET | 7:00-10:00 a.m. EST

13:00 CET (10 min)    WELCOME

               Introduction: Sharonann Lynch, O’Neill Institute
               Goals: Jen Cohn, University of Pennsylvania
               Agenda: Vuyiseka Dubula, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

13:10 CET (45 min)     Session 1: OVERVIEW (Ngozi Erondu, Moderator)

                MPP’s current and future work on diagnostics, TBD, MPP
               Diagnostics technology pipeline, Angelique Corthals, MSF/CUNY
               Key issues for COVID-19 diagnostics, Emma Hannay, FIND
               Development and marketing diagnostics, Teri Roberts, EGFAF


13:55 CET                   Break (5 minutes)

14:00 CET (60 min)   Session 2: LICENSING TERMS (Spring Gombe, Moderator)

               Survey responses, Jen Cohn (5 mins)
               Break out groups (3 groups, 30 mins)
               Summaries, rapporteurs (5 mins)
                  – Spring Gombe, UNDP
                  – Stijn Deborggraeve, MSF
                  – Teri Roberts, EGPAF
               Discussion (10 mins)

15:00 CET (45 min)    Session 3: LICENSEES & AFFORDABILITY (Vuyiseka Dubula, Moderator)

               Survey responses, Sharonann Lynch (5 min)
               Breakout 3 groups (30 mins)
               Summaries from rapporteurs (5 mins)
                  – Spring Gombe, UNDP
                  – Stijn Deborggraeve, MSF
                  – Teri Roberts, EGPAF
• Clarification questions

15:55 CET (5 min)     Summary, next steps, and close (Sharonann, Jen, Vuyiseka)


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