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Date:12/12/2010

, the private sector, and government bureaucrats.

For a country with limited natural resources, transformation into a knowledge-based economy is the only route to economic development for Rwanda, the authors say. This requires further appropriate investments in domestic knowledge as acquisition of knowledge from abroad is very expensive. Of foremost importance is the establishment of a platform to link the various actors in the health innovation system.

Since the study's completion, the researchers have continued work with the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education to address key challenges. Stakeholders agreed with the study's results and recommendations, including the life sciences innovation center concept. A local steering committee was created to lead planning and business and operational plans have been initiated with the help of the MRC and others.

The virtual platform will network the center to various research institutions across the nation, and a product development fund will nourish promising pre-commercial ideas. The innovation centre embodies a new approach, convening Rwanda's science, business and capital under one roof -- a one-stop shop for investors in technology opportunities.


Science-based health innovation in Ghana: health entrepreneurs point the way to a new development path

Authors Sara Al-Bader, Abdallah S. Daar and Peter A. Singer say Ghana has well-recognized growth potential, It has plentiful natural resources (cocoa, gold, timber, and recently-discovered oil), a stable governance situation, long-standing universities and research institutions, and improving communications infrastructure.

Little research has been conducted on Ghana's capacity for health innovation to address local diseases, however. The research maps out key actors, highlights examples of indigenous innovation, sets out future challenges and outlines recommendations.

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Contact: Terry Collins
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416-538-8712
McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health
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