Published on 19 March 2013
High-Level Conference on EDCTP2: proceedings and video available online
Today the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) published the report of the High-Level Conference on the second EDCTP programme (EDCTP2) and a short video on the event. It was held in Cape Town, South Africa on 5 November 2012 as part of preparations for EDCTP2 with the aim of raising the level of public and private engagement in the programme. The conference was co-organised by the South African Department of Science and Technology, the European Commission and EDCTP. Invited participants included African and European ministers and senior representatives from governments, public and private product development partners, patient organisations and the research community.
The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, described EDCTP as “a beacon of hope” and “a brilliant success story for EU–Africa research cooperation”. She said the fight against poverty-related diseases was a global challenge in which Europe could and must make a major contribution. Appreciation and continued support for the work of EDCTP was also expressed by representatives from African and European countries, research institutions, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and pharmaceutical industry.