Bernard Pecoul, Director of Drugs for Neglected Diseases (DNDi) visited the Drug Discovery Unit on Thursday 21 June 2012. Dr. Pecoul was in Dundee to receive an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Dundee Graduation ceremony earlier in the day.
He spent time speaking to researchers working on Neglected Tropical Diseases and seeing how the DDU is helping to bridge the gap between academic research and commercial outputs for unmet medical need and drugs for some of the poorest populations in the world.
Dr. Pecoul has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières as a field doctor and as Executive Director, with the World Health Organisation and has led the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative since it was founded in 2003.
Bernard Pécoul is an advocate for the active engagement and financial support of governments, private enterprises, foundations and international organisations to compensate for the failure of the market to provide drugs for the most neglected diseases, such as sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis, as well as diseases that are already receiving some renewed attention, such as tuberculosis and malaria.
Throughout his a career Bernard Pécoul has pushed the boundaries of the possible, identifying the political and economic factors affecting the proper diagnosis and treatment of fatal diseases prevalent in Asia, Africa and South America.