"The beauty of Open Source Pharma is that, first, it brings important ideas and data together in a forum not controlled by patent laws"
BY ELS TORREELE
DirECTOR of Access to Essential Medicines Initiative, Open Society Foundations / NYC
"Instead of viewing medicines as proprietary luxury goods that are owned by private companies, medicines could be public or social goods"
"The pharmaceutical industry is broken.
Every year, it spends more money to discover fewer drugs than before, and the drugs that do make it to market are priced at levels that exclude all but the very wealthy from access."
"Medicine for all. That is our simple message"
"We need to fundamentally let go of thinking that there is only one possible business model. We need alternatives"
"The pharmaceutical industry has consistently met the medical needs of developed societies, but played a detrimental role in tackling major diseases"
"Fantastic progress in science has not led to enough new medications"
"Something could be found in radical openness"
"The funding pattern of innovation for neglected diseases points to the need for alternative models in drug development"
"We must find a better way to combat the rising, world-wide threat from drug-resistant tuberculosis"
"It is essential that we recreate the compassion of the past and the spirit that put human lives first, before commercial interests, and create an ecosystem where individuals and groups can come together in an open system, to create new drugs to eliminate diseases and save lives"