Connect in Pharma launches partnerships for global health innovation

Connect in Pharma have announced that for every visitor to the 2023 Geneva-based event, five Swiss francs will be donated to Global Health Security (GHS) Fund, a non-profit organisation driving local innovation and global programming to address threats to health security.

Connect in Pharma, taking place 14 & 15 June 2023 in Geneva, brings together industry players across the pharmaceutical pipeline and biotechnology community and will also host an exhibition booth for the Global Health Security Fund.

The partnership aims to increase funding and awareness of global health security challenges and highlight the role of the pharmaceutical industry in increasing access to medicines and improving health worldwide.

Renan Joel, Divisional Director at Connect in Pharma, says: “We’re honoured to be partnering with Global Health Security Fund, further highlighting the important and complex links between the pharmaceutical industry and global health security.”

The Global Health Security Fund is comprised of innovators who create, develop, and scale sustainable solutions to global health security challenges, particularly in less developed nations and emerging innovation ecosystems. The organisation tackles issues such as health equity and access, public health solutions, infectious diseases, and many more.

“We welcome the opportunity to lead conversations on global health security challenges at this year’s Connect in Pharma conference,” President of the Global Health Security Fund Dr. Lisa McDonald shares. “GHS Fund is committed to supporting the growth of Geneva as a hub for pharmaceutical innovation. We look forward to meeting with industry experts from across Europe to ensure the future of pharma has a global perspective.”

Renan Joel adds: “The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted inequalities in access to life-saving healthcare across the globe, and the difficulties of getting medicines to communities who need them. We must build robust and resilient global health systems that account for people in disadvantaged countries and engage in the necessary conversations and partnerships to do so.”

Connect in Pharma is continuing to strengthen links between pharma and global health, partnering with the Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx) to showcase at the 76 World Health Assembly side event in InterCon Geneva later in May. Dr Biju Jacob, Chief Technology Officer at HIEx, says: “HIEx portfolio Innovators will benefit hugely from Connect in Pharma as a single access point to explore synergies between both industries. As a neutral multilateral agency, established by global health entities at UNAIDS in 2018, HIEx catalyse digital transformation and technology adoption for emerging markets.”

During the Connect in Pharma event, Chief Global Health Officer for ApiJect Systems Dr. Edward Kelley and Secretary General at BioAlps Association Magali Bischof are set to deliver keynote talks addressing related global health issues, sharing their experience of working on the global deployment of COVID-19 vaccinations and of involvement in international summits in Davos, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

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