While UBC's Global Access Principles were formalized in 2007, their development and a selection of activities in line with these principles are outlined below.

Early Activities Informing the Principles (2002-2007)

Development of the Principles (2007)

At about the time of the Grand Global Challenges Award, the UBC Chapter of the student group Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UBC-UAEM) approached UILO in order to see how UBC may be able to support the provision of human health discoveries to the developing world. UILO representatives and the students began discussions and developing a mutual understanding of the complexities of combining necessary business requirements with global health priorities. In 2007 the UILO, UBC-UAEM, Vice President Research Dr. John Hepburn, and UBC President Prof. Stephen J. Toope worked together to formally develop UBC’s global access principles. Once these were formulated, the UILO consulted with industry partners and the draft principles were posted for public comment on the UILO website.

After integrating feedback, in the fall of 2007, UBC became the first university in Canada to formally adopt a broad strategy to ensure global access to its technologies. 
These global access terms are now included in the templates for Material Transfer Agreements and Collaborative Research Agreements managed by the Sponsored Research Group, informing UBC partners of these principles at the start of their interaction on a given project. They also inform the initial assessment of technologies when they are disclosed to the UILO, and licensing deals involving technologies with global relevance.

After the Principles (2008 onwards)

The UILO actively identifies the global access potential of new discoveries and provides support for research activities with global access impacts. It also ensures that licensing of technologies such as research tools are done whenever possible non-exclusively and for relevant technologies, will endeavour to ensure that global access provisions are included in licensing deals.


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