Innogen · News · June 11, 2015

Innogen OU Holds Health Innovation Workshop in South Africa

Theo Papaioannou, Andrew Watkins, Julius Mugwagwa, and Dinar Kale held and facilitated an end of project workshop in Pretoria, South Africa on 5-May 2015 for Innogen OU’s Leverhulme-funded project, ‘Unpacking the role of industry associations.’

Titled ‘The role of biopharmaceutical and medical device industry associations in influencing health innovation in South Africa and India: opportunities, challenges, and policy considerations’, the workshop provided an opportunity for the project members to present their findings to 17 stakeholders in the South African biopharmaceutical industry, including representatives from key associations, government departments, as well as industry experts.

Five stakeholder presentations were also given, tasked with explaining the importance of innovation in the South African biopharmaceutical industry, the role of associations in this regard, and the opportunities for improving industry-government relations. The workshop successfully facilitated dialogue between stakeholders, provided valuable feedback on the project, and established a network platform for further collaboration and research.

For more information on the study, see the project website at: dpp.open.ac.uk/research/projects/unpacking-role-industry-associations