Emory Law Journal


The significant interest in and reference to regional innovation networks for health capacity building within international and regional public health and development strategies has not been matched with the operational support they need. There is little guidance about how to create and sustain such networks and about how north-south collaborations can contribute to their success. This Article describes a model for building African health capacity through regional health innovation networks that focuses on the complete pathway from idea to commercialization of health technologies, and it suggests guidelines for effective north-south collaborations to support this approach. In doing so, the Article highlights the importance of local legal and business capacity building as part of a product-focused, network-based health innovation strategy.