The Humanitarian Conference

This years’ Humanitarian Conference will take place on 31 May from 9:45 to 15:00 at the Copenhagen Business School. The conference is organized by Medecins Sans Frontiers and Department of Business and Politics with the overall theme ‘Innovation and Access to Medicines’.

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 09:45 to 15:00


Innovation and access to medicines

Each year millions of people die because they do not have access to medicines. Being the
largest medical humanitarian organization, this is something that Médecins Sans Frontières
(MSF) experiences up-close on a daily basis. This is why MSF is hosting the second annual
Humanitarian Conference focusing this year on access to medicines for some of the most
vulnerable people in the world.
Millions of people do not have access to the treatment they need either because it is too
expensive or because it does not exist. High medicine prices are in part due to the system
of patents that grants a monopoly to the creators thus generating high prices and profits.
But the problem of access to medicines also stems from the fact that new and effective
medicines and diagnostic tools, for a long list of diseases are not being developed.
How can we develop a new business model where patient needs and not just market
potential is a driving force in developing new medical tools? And how do we make sure that
patents will not hinder access to already existing treatments at a fair price?
MSF brings together politicians, experts, humanitarian organizations and businesses to
highlight the issue of access to medicines and search for new solutions to an old problem.
We intend to look at innovative solutions to address the current deadlock in order to create
better access to patients in need of treatment.
Date: 31 May 2013 - 9.45 – 15.00
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Dalgas Have 15, 2000 Copenhagen
Language: English
Registration is required:
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