Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific region held its first annual Innovation Forum. International policymakers and thought leaders discussed the critical role innovation plays in navigating today’s health challenges, as well as future ones. The three-day virtual event underscored the significance of innovation in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and non-communicable diseases throughout Southeast Asia.
Across Southeast Asia and around the world, global cooperation and public-private partnerships help cultivate an unprecedented amount of scientific knowledge; these efforts are helping researchers in the biopharmaceutical industry quickly uncover and advance new medicines for patients. Industry experts continue to highlight the critical role public-private partnerships play in promoting innovation and incentivizing ongoing investment in new discoveries.
What They Are Saying: Intellectual Property Protections Critical to Defeat COVID-19 in Southeast Asia
As the global biopharmaceutical industry continues to research and develop COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, innovators are looking to intellectual property (IP) rights to protect their breakthrough discoveries and enable further investment and collaboration. Industry experts continue to highlight the important role IP plays in promoting innovation and incentivizing ongoing collaborations.
Countries across Southeast Asia face rising rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs like heart disease, diabetes and cancer are the leading cause of death in the region. The government of Thailand is taking action to cut the cost of critical treatments for patients by eliminating unnecessary tariffs and exposing hospital markups.
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Indonesia has achieved significant health milestones, but rising rates of NCDs bring new challenges.
Malaysia can attract new foreign investment and improve health outcomes by better protecting innovation and reducing bureaucratic delays.
Increasing public-private partnerships in the Philippines will bring health care innovation to a rapidly growing population
Health care is poised to become a major economic driver in Thailand in the coming years.
The success of Singapore’s health care system can be attributed to strong policies and an integrated health system.