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


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...

Findings on Male Hormonal Contraception Published
Safety, efficacy, and acceptability data from a phase II study of a hormonal male contraceptive was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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.

Keeping Male Contraceptive Research Front and Center
Novel approaches, identification of new genetic targets, and more expansive acceptability research could lead to development of new male contraceptives in our lifetime.

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...

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.

Engaging Males in Family Planning – Disrupting the Status Quo
When men are well informed about the benefits of contraception, they can become active participants in the health and well-being of their partners and children.

WHO to Review Risk of HIV Acquisition with Hormonal Contraception
The World Health Organization will convene an expert group to assess its current guidance on use of hormonal contraception by women at risk of HIV acquisition given an updated systematic rev...


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