Innovation & Technology Policy Lab (ITPLab) (2015-2016)

The Innovation & Technology Policy Lab combines Duke expertise on innovation policy and global development to advise development agencies on novel intellectual property strategies applicable to their growing investments in innovation for development. The intellectual property rules governing innovations for development greatly affect developing countries.  Insufficient intellectual property combined with a lack of alternative financing can limit the investment needed to bring certain innovations to scale. Additionally, when intellectual property limits are too stringent, access is stymied by high prices and the rules can block follow-on innovators. These issues further impact how far capacity-building linked to innovations can go.

Meanwhile, novel intellectual property strategies in various sectors are harnessing the potential for more open innovation models that expand collaboration and bring down costs: open source software, creative commons and open access publishing, patent pools for scientific research, prize funds for aerospace technology and various creative kinds of nonexclusive licensing.

The majority of student team members this year opted to design projects in the healthcare industries, such as the Global Healthcare Innovation Alliances (GHIA) project. GHIA hosted a workshop for stakeholders in Washington, DC, and built on those findings to design and host the Alliances and Incentives in the Era of Outbreaks Symposium at Duke. A report offered recommendations.

With the significant international consequences of recent outbreaks, team members conducted extensive stakeholder interviews and a macro-level health policy analysis to expose gaps in pandemic preparedness and develop legal frameworks for future threats. In order to provide a reference for the formation of new alliances in the era of epidemic disease outbreaks, the team summarized the existing sample agreements from different institutions, analyzed the key contractual issues in the formation of alliances and developed master charts of legal provisions to compare different approaches.



Team Outcomes

Development of Alliance Agreements in the Era of Outbreaks: Key Contractual Issues in the Formation of New Alliances (poster by Beibei Sun)

A Tale of Two Pandemics: Applying Lessons from Ebola to Drive Innovation for Zika (poster by Kushal Kadakia, Nora Ghanem, Niveen Hennein, Christina Langmack, Malcolm Nowlin, Courtney Scoufis, Julia Tuttle)

Tools for Pandemic Preparedness: Charting and Mapping Vaccine Development Capacities (poster by Malcolm Nowlin, Nora Ghanem, Niveen Hennein, Julia Tuttle, Farrukh Jadoon, Christina Langmack, Kushal Kadakhia, Courtney Scoufis)

Alliances and Incentives in the Era of Outbreaks (symposium at Duke, April 1, 2016)

Pandemic Preparedness (conference in Washington, DC, November 18, 2015)

Drug Development for Neglected Tropical Diseases: DNDi and the Product Development Partnership (PDP) Model (Julia Tuttle, honors thesis for graduation with distinction in Global Health)

Rethinking R&D: Partnerships as Drivers of Global Health Innovation (poster by Kushal Kadakia, presented at Triangle Global Health Conference, September 30, 2016, Chapel Hill, NC)

Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance website

Bass Connections student research follow-on grant for Kushal Kadakia to focus on developing novel incentive structures for pharmaceutical innovation

Rethinking R&D: Partnerships as Drivers of Global Health Innovation (poster by Kushal Kadakia, presented at Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference, April 7-9, 2017, Washington, DC)

This Team in the News

Two Bass Connections Students Win the Duke Libraries Ole R. Holsti Prize

Congratulations to Our 2017 Library Writing and Research Award Winners! (Kushal Kadakia)

Six Students Receive Grants to Extend Their Bass Connections Research

Distinctive Global Health Grads (Julia Tuttle)

2016 Best Undergraduate Science Studies Senior Thesis (Julia Tuttle)

Duke Students, Community Work to Combat Zika

Experts Gather for Zika Virus Conference at Duke Friday

Student-led Bass Connections Project Team Combats Spread of Infectious Diseases

Global Health Innovation Students Convene DC Meeting on Emerging Infectious Diseases

Kushal Kadakia ’19

See earlier related team, Innovation & Technology Policy Lab (ITPLab) (2014-2015).

Faculty/Staff Team Members

Julia Barnes-Weise, ITPLab*
Kip Frey, Sanford School - Dewitt Wallace Center
Gary Gereffi, Trinity - Sociology*
Arti Rai, Law School
Jerome Reichman, Law School

Graduate Team Members

Morgan Capilla, Masters of Public Policy
Rosa Julieta Fiorella Maria Castro, Bioethics and Sci Policy - AM
Daniel Dredger, Masters of Public Policy
Phillip Hah, Masters of Public Policy
Brittany Jenkins, Masters of Public Policy
Yixin Jiao, Masters of Public Policy
Yue Mao, Masters of Public Policy
Muye Ru, Earth and Ocean Sciences-PHD
Beibei Sun, Juris Doctor
Betty Tushabe, Prog in Intl Dev Policy-AM

Undergraduate Team Members

Bryan Dinner, Public Policy Studies (AB)
Adriana Gandarias
Nora Ghanem
Niveen Hennein
Farrukh Jadoon
Kushal Kadakia, Biology (BS), Public Policy Studies (AB2)
Roberta Lie
Brian Lopez
Henry Miller
Malcolm Nowlin
Guohao Qu, Public Policy Studies (AB), Economics (BS2)
Daniel Stewart
Julia Tuttle
Andy Wang, Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
McCall Wells, Int Comparative Studies (AB), Global Health (AB2)

* denotes team leader


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