New Drugs and Health Technologies for Low-Income Populations

Will the Private Sector Meet the Needs of Low-Income Populations in Developing Countries?

Published in: Innovation and Development, v. 3, no. 1, 2013, p. 121-137

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2013

by Dinar Kale, Rebecca Hanlin, Joanna Chataway

This paper argues that the development of targeted health technologies for poor people will require a new mix of technology, organizations and institutions which we conceptualize as new social technologies. Using a technology–market matrix, we explore these new social technologies which may sometimes include multi-national companies but are also associated with developing country private sector firms and not-for-profit product development partnerships. The paper argues that these collaborative forms of social technology are most likely to generate and deliver new physical technologies and innovation processes required by low-income users.

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