Innogen · News · May 16, 2013

Leverhulme Grant Success: Researching health innovations in India and South Africa

Leverhulme Grant Success: Researching health innovations in India and South Africa

Papaioannou, Kale and Mugwagwa awarded Leverhulme grant to investigate the role of industry associations in diffusion and governance of health innovations in India and South Africa

Dr Theo Papaioannou of Innogen at the Open University, along with Drs Dinar Kale and Julius Mugwagwa, has been awarded £142,196 by the Leverhulme Trust to investigate the role of industry associations in diffusion and governance of health innovations in India and South Africa.

The aim of the project is to open up the black box of innovation and politics, researching whether and in what ways biopharmaceutical associations in these developing countries promote technological capabilities and effective governance of health innovation.

The project will produce a theoretically embedded, empirically-grounded and policy relevant analysis of the role of biopharmaceutical associations in knowledge diffusion and governance. Social scientific research has a gap in understanding this role in developing countries.

The activities of biopharmaceutical associations are a persistent blind spot, therefore our main objectives are:

  • To advance understanding of the under-researched role of pharmaceutical industry associations in diffusion and governance of technological innovation and knowledge.
  • To make a detailed investigation of the practical impact of this role on health delivery in developing countries.
  • To compare the distinct innovation and governance capabilities of industry associations in emerging biopharmaceutical powers.
  • To provide high quality academic and policy outputs.

The project will start on 1 October 2013.

Dr Theo Papaioannou

Dr Dinar Kale

Dr Julius Mugwagwa