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Pharmaceutical Companies Can Contribute To Improving Maternal, Reproductive Health

The Guardian: Are pharma giants living up to big promises on development? Damiano de Felice, strategic adviser to the CEO of the Access to Medicine Foundation, and Jayasree K. Iyer, the foundation’s chief scientific officer “…The [Access to Medicine] Foundation’s latest report maps how the [pharmaceutical] companies it tracks are…

U.N.-Backed Diagnostics Access Initiative Announces Lower Price Of Infant HIV Testing Technologies In Partnership With Roche

U.N. News Centre: U.N.-backed initiative announces deal to sharply lower price of HIV early infant diagnosis “A dramatic 35 percent reduction in the price for HIV early infant diagnostic technologies [Monday was] announced by the United Nations-backed Diagnostics Access Initiative, in partnership with Roche Diagnostics. … The new access price…

For Businesses, Social, Economic Goals Must Overlap To Achieve Sustainable Development

Forbes: How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals? Bhaskar Chakravorti, senior associate dean of international business and finance at the Fletcher School at Tufts University “…With the majority of [future economic] growth expected from the developing world, self-interest may be the most compelling reason for businesses…

Sanofi Hopes To Improve Public Health, Profits With New Dengue Vaccine

Financial Times: Sanofi confident dengue drug will benefit patients and investors “…[D]rugs group Sanofi has produced the world’s first vaccine for the mosquito-borne viral disease [dengue], which it expects to launch by the end of this year. While Sanofi is championing the potential public health benefits of the vaccine, the…

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Lobbied Against Anti-Smoking Laws In LMICs, New Report Says

The Hill: Report: Chamber fought anti-smoking laws in low-income countries “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce targeted low- and middle-income countries in lobbying against anti-smoking regulations, according to a report health and safety groups unveiled Thursday. The report, ‘Blowing Smoke for Big Tobacco,’ from nine groups including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free…

2 Clinical Trials Of Experimental Ebola Vaccines Begin In Europe, Africa

Reuters: Two new trials of Ebola vaccines begin in Europe and Africa “Two new Ebola vaccine trials began on Wednesday with volunteers in Britain, France, and Senegal getting ‘prime-boost’ immunizations developed by Bavarian Nordic, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson…” (Kelland, 7/15).

Private Sector ‘Central’ To Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Huffington Post: Business Needs Sustainable Development Goals, Too Arancha González, executive director of the International Trade Centre “…Small and medium-sized enterprises will be central to achieving the inclusive economic growth promised by the post-2015 development agenda. … The development financing challenge has been described as the need to go from…