Political youth and civil society organisations demand socially responsible medicine development

License to Heal, a coalition of political youth organisations, and civil society organisations Wemos and the Commons Network have chosen not to sign an agreement of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) on socially responsible licensing. Licensing is the process in which a knowledge institution gives legal permission to a private party to further develop an invention or innovation. In an opinion piece in the Dutch daily paper De Volkskrant, License to Heal, Wemos and Commons Network argue that the tension between commercial and social interests has led to a missed opportunity to improve access to medicines for patients.

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