OECD BNCT

Project on Open and Responsible Innovation for Health (OECD BNCT)

Current and imminent advances in science and technology allow new forms of targeted intervention in the basic processes of human biology -- including ageing, reproduction, cellular repair, immunity, and neurological function. There is a strong imperative to translate such discoveries into diagnostics and therapies that address grand health challenges -- such as Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, cancer, infectious diseases -- but substantial challenges remain in terms of constructing the right economic, ethical and social context for innovation and access. One set of policy challenges has to do with balancing the imperatives of open innovation, commercialisation, and access. How to ensure that advanced therapies will develop in a socially responsible and sustainable manner?

Contact: hermann[dot]garden[at sign]oecd[dot]org 

Expert Meeting

Gene editing for advanced therapies: governance, policy, and society

The 1.5-day expert meeting "Gene editing for advanced therapies: governance, policy, and society" will discuss governance mechanisms for the responsible use of gene editing technologies in somatic cells to promote human health.

6-7 July 2017, BMBF, Berlin, Germany. Draft agenda: link

 

The purpose of the expert meeting is to explore the core scientific, legal, regulatory and societal challenges facing the responsible development and use of gene editing for advanced therapies, such as regenerative medicine and cell therapy. International stakeholders will aim to identify where new forms of collaboration across science and society may help to promote a reasonable balance of risk and benefit in personalised health and well-being. 

Objectives:

  1. Pool ideas and approaches from countries for the responsible development of gene editing technologies in advanced and personalised therapies, especially in relation to research policy, ethical, legal and social aspects, regulation and governance, and innovation policy.
  2. Examine options available to social actors in, and around, public engagement approaches designed to inform governance and regulation.  
  3. Draw more general policy lessons for the responsible development of emerging technologies. 

 

  

 

 

Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in  this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the KLRI.

International Workshop

Personalised nutrition for better health – targeting the microbiome

10-11 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium  

 

 

 The workshop will provide an international forum to explore how policymakers, regulators, academia, business and the civil society are developing new ways to advance research and innovation in the microbiome for promoting personalised nutrition and human health. 

Further information at link.

Joint workshop between the OECD and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish government. 

       

   

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Past Events

  • Proceedings of a Workshop, NAS (USA): International Perspectives on Integrating Ethical, Legal, and Social Considerations into the Development of Non-Invasive Neuromodulation Devices; Washington D.C., 15 September 2016
  • NERF Neurotechnology Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 2-3 May 2016 (OECD presentation)
  • Lausanne II Workshop: 15-16 December 2015, Lausanne, Switzerland (Workshop Report)
  • STI Seminar: 'Converging Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing', Mihail Roco, Paris, 2 December 2015
  • Lausanne I Workshop: 10-11 November 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland (Workshop Report)