Supply and Market Dynamics; Medicine Quality

Working group objectives

  • Assess production and distribution capacity for medicines and vaccines to inform countries and international agencies, and ensure adequate supply of effective interventions
  • Conduct market dynamics analyses and interventions to scale up production
  • Monitor and analyze medicine quality reports during the COVID-19 pandemic response, and facilitate dissemination of alerts

Working group members

Working Group Member
Switzerland

Pascale Boulet joined DNDi in November 2008 as Intellectual Property & Policy Advisor and acted as Head of Policy Affairs in 2012-2013. In 2017, Pascale became Intellectual Property & Access Leader, with the Business Development team. Pascale is a lawyer with 20 years of experience in intellectual property laws and policies, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining DNDi, Pascale acted as senior legal advisor of MSF Access Campaign and technical officer with WHO Medicines Department. Besides her part-time work at DNDi, Ms Boulet works as an independent consultant with various public health organizations. Pascale earned a Master in International Economic Law from the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, and a Certificate in Public Health and Primary Health Care in Developing Countries from the University of Medicine of Montpellier, France.

Working Group Member
UK

Dr Céline Caillet joined IDDO as Scientific Coordinator of the Medicine Quality Research Group in 2015, was appointed Research Scientist in 2016 and promoted as Deputy Head of the Medicine Quality Research Group in 2020. Céline is a pharmacist and former resident of the Hospital of Toulouse. She has taken part in several research projects on drug safety at the Center of Pharmacovigilance, Laboratory of Medical and Clinical Pharmacology of Toulouse, France. Following her MSc in Epidemiology and Public Health in Bordeaux, France, Céline completed her PhD in drug safety in Laos. During her PhD, Céline also taught pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Health Sciences, Vientiane. She is particularly interested in the epidemiology of substandard and falsified medicines and testing the performances of screening technologies for early detection of substandard and falsified medicines.

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Switzerland

Michelle Childs joined DNDi in April 2016 as Head of Policy Advocacy. Ms Childs has an extensive experience in proposing and advocating for solutions to access and innovation barriers faced by developing countries and health providers. She has helped to develop several proposals on innovation using open knowledge principles for Chagas disease, TB and was a co-author of the original proposal for the creation of a patent pool for HIV medicines by Unitaid. Prior to that, Ms Childs was an expert adviser for the WHO to help further develop four open knowledge demonstration projects from India, Brazil, South Africa and Thailand. Until March 2013 Michelle was Director of Policy Advocacy at Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign leading a multidisciplinary and multinational team. She has worked for leading consumer, health and knowledge rights organizations and public authorities including KEI, Which? and the Hong Kong and UK telecom regulators, and as member of a number of NGO and public advisory boards including the four person advisory board of the UK competition authority. She started her career as a commercial litigation lawyer in a City of London law firm.

Working Group Member
Working Group Co-Chair
UK

Andrew Farlow is head of global public health initiatives, Oxford in Berlin (https://oib.web.ox.ac.uk), where he convenes the COVID-19 Science and Policy Forum, bringing together scientists, policymakers, and the public for open discussion and consensus building, and is engaged with colleagues in creating a new Berlin Open Science Centre with a strong focus on planetary and human health. With nearly 20 years experience researching and advising on the development, deployment, and financing of vaccines and medicines (TB, malaria, HIV, shingles, chickenpox, dengue, and pandemic influenza, etc.), he has advised a wide range of public- and private-sector organizations (WHO, UNDP, Stop TB, Aeras/BMGF, JCVI, etc.). He is Teaching Fellow of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, for its MSc in International Health & Tropical Medicine, and a Senior Fellow, Oxford Martin School, where he was Co-PI on its Vaccine Design Institute. He is Visiting Professor, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation – FIOCRUZ, Brazil, and working with the Institute of Drugs Technology — Farmanguinhos, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Oxford, and a range of global collaborators on a new Global Partnership for Biodiversity, Medicine, and Health to sustainably develop new affordable medicines based on natural molecules, especially from plants, fungi, and algae, while protecting biodiversity.

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Working Group Member
Ghana

An accomplished pharmaceutical research and global health professional with extensive experience in reputable pharmaceutical companies and global health organizations. Skilled in directing global health programs to develop pharmaceutical policies, strengthen health systems and advocate for increased access to affordable quality assured medicines. Having led multi-million-dollar capacity building programs for USAID as program director and United States Pharmacopeia as vice president, Global Public health, and with firm background in pharmaceutical development, Dr Lukulay is currently the president of Technology Solutions for Global Health. Dr Lukulay has authored over 24 publications in reputable peer-review journals and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on health systems strengthening, pharmaceutical policy, quality control and quality assurance systems for medicines.He is a member of the American Chemical Society, a member of the board of directors for the Professional Science Masters (PSM) program for major Universities in the United States and chairman of the advisory board for Boston University’s PharmaChk Technology detection of poor-quality medicines and member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Expert group on Substandard and Falsified Medicines. Patrick received a B.S degree (Hons) from the University of Sierra Leone, an M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University.Patrick has received several awards including the distinguished Alumnus award by Michigan State University.

Working Group Member
Brazil

Jorge Magalhães completed his postdoctoral at Université de Provence Aix-Marseille (Institut de Recherche en Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication), France. Research was in Competitive Intelligence Survey for public health, using data and tools to collaborate, understand and facilitate attention to Health Sector, i.e; neglected tropical diseases. Plus Public Health at FIOCRUZ/Farmanguinhos in the Centre for Technological Innovation and General Coordinator Researcher Group Management and Prospecting in Health at FIOCRUZ. He has experience in Management and Technological Innovation, working mainly on: Knowledgement Management, Technological Trends, Big Data in Health, Open Data, Web 2.0, Patents for Pharmaceuticals, Pharmochemical and Global Health, One Health, and Public Health.

Working Group Member
UK

Infectious disease doctor conducting research concentrating on answering questions about the epidemiology, impact and detection of substandard and falsified medicines. Head of Medicine Quality Research Group, Centre of Tropical Medicine & Global Health, University of Oxford. Director of Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research Unit, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao PDR 1999-2019

Working Group Member
Nepal

Eurek Ranjit is based in Nepal where he works as a pharmacist and pharmacologist and is a lecturer of Pharmacology at Kathmandu Medical College. He is also a Board Member of Nepal Pharmacy Council, which provides licensure for pharmacists and pharmacists. He is also Section Vice President of International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).Eurek completed his Bachelor of Pharmacy (First Class First) obtaining highest GPA and Gold Medal from University of Karachi, Pakistan and went on to complete an MSc (Pharmacy Services and Medicines Control) and an M Phil (Pharmacology) in the United Kingdom.He previously worked as a hospital pharmacist at Patan Hospital, Nepal, and also held the position of Secretary of the Infection Control Committee and Drug and Therapeutics Committee. Eurek has also authored a number of papers in scientific journals.

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Working Group Member
Belgium

Kerlijn Van Assche works in the Medicine Quality Research Group of the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) & Mahidol Oxford Research Unit (MORU). Initially, she was trained as a hospital pharmacist and later obtained a master’s in International Health at Charité’s Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health in Germany.Previously, she was involved in research with the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, Belgium, on data of QUAMED, a North-South Network that promotes universal access to quality-ensured medicines.Before joining the Medicine Quality Research Group, Kerlijn worked as a quality assurance pharmacist with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ensuring the use of quality medicines and medical devices in their projects across the world.

Working Group Member
France

Ed Vreeke’s experience is related to essential generic medicines and medical supplies in the following fields: procurement and supply systems organisation, management, monitoring and evaluation, general management and organisation of Central Medical Stores, strategic and policy issues, business plan development, transitioning from government to independent organisation, development, organisation and management of tender processes, conception of revolving medicine funds, performance based financing systems, and costing analysis.

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