Why Contraceptive Innovation?

Despite the availability of various contraceptive methods, more than 200 million women in developing countries want to avoid or delay pregnancy yet are not using an effective family planning method. For some of these women, access to contraception is limited. For others, currently available methods do not meet their needs or preferences or are unaffordable. Innovative solutions are needed in the areas of product development, registration, pricing, and introduction to address these barriers.

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The CTI Exchange offers resources about contraceptive research and development, including information about products currently in development, preclinical and clinical research, and opportunities for future investment. This easily searchable resource library also includes information about regulatory requirements, quality assurance standards, intellectual property, and product introduction strategies, as well as tools for advocacy.

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Featured resources and latest news from the Exchanges blog


Round 17 Grand Challenge Exploration Awardees Announced
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced its Grand Challenge Exploration Round 17 Contraceptive Discovery and Family Planning Needs/Preferences/Behaviors award winners.

CTI Exchange Adds Two New Global Resources
Two new resources have been added to the CTI Exchange resource library: The Global Competency Framework for Clinical Research and Ready, Set, Launch Country-level Product Launch Planning Gu...

Calliope, the Contraceptive Pipeline Database
Calliope, the Contraceptive Pipeline Database, provides information on new and future contraceptive products, including long-acting and novel products currently only available in li...

NIAID to Fund MPT Translational Research
A new NIAID funding opportunity focuses on research on multipurpose prevention technologies that could prevent sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and/or unintended pregnancy.

Male Hormonal Contraception: An Informed Step Forward
A recent publication of study data demonstrated the challenges of bringing a male hormonal contraceptive to market. The results were promising, but not enough for the product to proceed.

Safe, Secretive, and Nonsurgical: Designing the Future of Male Co...
We asked men in Kenya to tell us what they desire in a future contraceptive method. Their answers were wide-ranging, including some responses that were expected, but a number of surprises, t...

Forum Highlights Global Product Introduction Strategies
This week’s North American Forum on Family Planning includes two sessions focused on product development and introduction.

New Resource Focuses on African Harmonization
The African Union's new Model Law on Medical Products Regulation provides a framework to ensure that life-saving drugs and technologies developed, made and distributed in Africa are safe, ef...

NICHD to Fund Multi-disciplinary Contraceptive Research
NICHD seeks to expand the scope of work of its funded contraception research centers to integrate biomedical product development with behavioral and social science research.

A Sperm’s 88-Day Journey: Expanding Opportunities for Male Cont...
With today’s technological advancements, molecular biologists and medicinal chemists now target multiple points along a sperm’s 3-month circuitous journey -- not just the sperm-release p...

High-level Panel Reports on Access to Health Technologies
High-level United Nations panel calls for General Assembly special session to develop accountability framework that promotes innovation while ensuring access to critical health care technolo...

Grand Challenges Explorations #18 Targets Contraceptive Research
Two of the four topics in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations Round 18 Call for Concepts are of particular interest to contraceptive technology researchers.


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