New project to rethink health innovation with the Open Society Foundations
24 May 2017
IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato is beginning a new project (2017–2019) with the Open Society Foundations to explore alternative innovation models in health.
‘Rethinking the Economics of Medical Innovation’
The project will consider how to create a new innovation model that is rooted in a broader view of the purpose of medical innovation. It will be based on:
- Connecting the economics of innovation to the economics of human rights
- Rethinking public value beyond the public good
- A reimagined role for the interactions between public, private, and third sector health organisations
- The potential of mission-oriented policy to drive future health innovation
Professor Mariana Mazzucato, said: “Despite substantial sums of public and private money invested in research and development, the private, profit and patent-driven model that dominates the field of medical and pharmaceutical innovation is failing to meet critical medical needs, secure sufficient therapeutic advance, or offer good value for money. These outcome failures reflect system failures: a narrow focus on drugs, profits and patents, rather than health, public value and patients; and a dysfunctional relationship between public and private sector actors. The project will make steps towards developing an alternative model based on a mission-oriented approach and rooted in public value.”
The two-year project is part of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose’s research agenda to develop a new framework for mission-oriented innovation policy that both addresses complex societal challenges and acts as an engine of more sustainable and inclusive growth.
The project originates from a workshop organized by the OSF and Professor Mazzucato (while based at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex in October 2015).
The current project team includes Victor Roy, IIPP Research Fellow, and Azzi Momenghalibaf, OSF Project Officer.
- Professor Mazzucato, British Medical Journal (27/7/16): High cost of new drugs
- Mariana Mazzucato and Els Toreele, OSF Director Access to Medicines & Innovation (23/11/16): Fair vaccine pricing please, not random acts of charity
- Paper for UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines by Mariana Mazzucato (28/2/16)
- Professor Mazzucato’s work on rethinking health innovation
- Roy V, King L. 2016. “Betting on Hepatitis C: How Financial Speculation in Drug Development Influences Access to Medicines.” BMJ 354:i3718
- Roy V, Chokshi D, Kissler S, Singh P. 2016. Making Hepatitis C a Rare Disease in the United States. Health Affairs