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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Resources

A one-stop shop for resources related to contraceptive research and development

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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Updates

Latest news, events, resources, and thought pieces from the Exchange's blog

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Newly Published Results of a Phase I/II Trial for LNG-only Patche...
A recently published article reports on a phase I/II pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic clinical trial of two levonorgestrel (LNG)-only contraceptive patches.
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Published Review on Responses to Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual ...
A recently published review in Reproductive Health summarizes research on women’s responses to contraceptive-induced menstrual bleeding changes (CIMBCs).
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Vaginal Ring Dose-Finding Results Published
Results from a dose-finding study on a novel vaginal ring utilizing 17β-estradiol rather than ethinyl estradiol were published in the May issue of Contraception.
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New summer Twitter campaign: #NextGenContraception
The CTI Exchange’s summer social media campaign aims to highlight the importance of new contraceptive research and development to meet the needs and preferences of women and men globally. ...
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Upcoming Webinar Series: “Mind the Gap”
The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition is hosting a webinar series, titled “Mind the Gap”, on their latest Global Contraceptive Commodity Gap Analysis (CGA 2018).
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NIH Announces Funding for Novel Contraceptive Methods
The National Institutes of Health has released a new funding solicitation to support the development of novel nonsteroidal contraceptive methods.
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Contraceptive Technology Innovation: A Wise Investment
As long as women and men find current family planning methods unacceptable, unaffordable, or inaccessible, there will be a need to invest in contraceptive technology innovation.
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Contraceptive Technology Innovation: It’s Everyone’s Business
Everyone must be engaged to move the science of contraceptive technology innovation forward – to bring it out of the laboratories and get it to the people who need it on the ground.
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Upcoming Webinar: “Imagining the future of women’s contrace...
This month, the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition will twice host the webinar: “Imagining the future of women’s contraception: Results from the CT Innovation Lab Workshops in Kenya ...
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Ferring Pharmaceuticals to Issue Biomarker Research Grants
Applications for Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ Innovation Grants Program to support biomarker research are due June 11. 
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Getting Behind Human-Centered Design for Contraceptive Innovation
With high unmet need for family planning methods still present, a huge opportunity exists to look at new ways to design products that respond to women’s needs and preferences, rather than ...
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Vaginal Rings: The Future is Now
Successes and lessons learned from Progering and Dapivrine —the first vaginal rings to be introduced—will be critical in informing the introduction of the rings currently in development.

Featured Resources

Other key resources related to contraceptive research and development

Calliope, the Contraceptive Pipeline Database, includes information on potential contraceptive targets and leads, products in pre-clinical and clinical development, and a selection of novel and long-acting products with limited market availability.
CAPRI, the Contraceptive Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Database, lists biological and chemical properties for 27 active pharmaceutical ingredients found in contraceptives, along with data on their pharmacology, toxicology, impurities, metabolites, and use in marketed products.
Contraceptive Drug Interactions is a database that catalogues potential interactions between contraceptive drugs and drugs from other therapeutic classes. Changes in drug pharmacokinetics, effectiveness, and adverse effects are provided.

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