The GHIAA mission is to be an independent resource, curator, interdisciplinary think tank and consultant for best and alternative tools, practices and agreement provisions for global health alliance formation. We are developing an international center for research, training, education, advocacy and support, dedicated to improving the health of the world's communities through development alliance formation. We seek to engage academia, governmental, business and nonprofit organizations in this collaborative effort.
Increase knowledge and tools to translate global health policies for actionable agreement provisions, as well as to socialize the options for funders and partners. Assemble, analyze, educate on and increase the availability and transparency of these provisions and sample agreements, and other legal and policy tools for the development and distribution of medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and adjunctive technologies to treat infectious disease outbreaks, neglected and chronic diseases. We will continue to expand our Master Alliance Provision Guide to share evolving agreement terms and accepted practices and continue to provide and develop tools as an independent source for current and best practices. Our goals are to provide:
1. Value for the scientific community by shortening the time from innovation to patient
2. Value for the global health community by providing transparency on provisions used in the formation of alliances
3. Value for our members in providing a shared forum for discussion, education and policy development
Following the Ebola outbreak of 2014, government and industry players mobilized resources and funding to develop a vaccine. Such a rapid response was significant given the high cost threshold for R&D and lengthy timeline for therapeutic development. Consequently, GHIA, then a program in Public Policy at Duke University, began to research this phenomenon, mapping the partnerships that were formed in real-time between the public, private, and nonprofit sector in response to the spread of Ebola. As the outbreak evolved, GHIA worked to understand the unifying factors that brought players together and the roadblocks that they faced.
The Ebola outbreak highlighted the need for collaborative investment in R&D for future global health alliances. Conversations with players revealed a desire for legal and policy tools to facilitate alliance formation. Using samples of agreements and contracts from representative organizations, GHIA worked to identify and analyze development and other agreements in order to expedite multi-stakeholder negotiations.
The first model agreements were presented in November of 2015 to key members of the Ebola consortia, who were gathered by GHIA for a workshop on pandemic preparedness in Washington, D.C. Draft templates were positively received by workshop participants, who also provided GHIA with important perspective about how the needs and wants of individual players differed based on their context. In late 2015, GHIA was invited to work on the WHO’s Pandemic Preparedness Initiative, and began developing a database of pathogens and partners to facilitate alliance formation for future epidemics.
GHIA was spun out into the non-profit GHIAA in early 2017 and has continued to develop the MAPGuide content. As the team continued to add to the contents of the MAPGuide it became apparent that the MAPGuide needed to become an online tool to reach the widest audience.
We began to develop a user-friendly online platform that allows practitioners and policy-makers to navigate the MAPGuide’s extensive content easily. The online tool will support practitioners in quickly developing optimal alliance agreements by presenting the range of choices available, depending on the stage of development and therapeutic area(s) to be addressed by the partnership.
For policymakers, the online MAPGuide will provide a platform to illustrate the breadth of ways often-debated questions about access, IP, and data are translated into practical agreement language, allowing for more productive discussions about the best approaches.
The GHIAA team was honored to receive support from the Wellcome Trust in the autumn of 2019 to further develop an online, shareable MAPGuide tool. It is expected to be launched publicly in the summer of 2020.