Manufacturers: U.N. Proposal Threatens Innovation, Lifesaving Medicines

Washington, D.C., September 14, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on a report from the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines that contains intellectual property (IP) proposals that, if implemented, would undermine the ability of innovative manufacturers to be able to support critical research and development projects, impacting our ability to address global health challenges:

“The UNHLP’s single-minded attack on IP is dangerously unbalanced and could inhibit the ability of innovative manufacturers from developing the lifesaving medicines and cures that solve the world’s current and future global health challenges.

Robust IP protections are the lifeblood of manufacturers, ensuring that the results of costly research and development are not stolen and that investments in new technologies produce solutions to tomorrow’s problems. That is why the proposal sets a dangerous precedent that could threaten manufacturers of all types and the good-paying jobs they provide.

While today’s report is focused on innovation in the health sector, if successful, the same arguments will be applied to manufacturers in any industry who are addressing other global challenges.”


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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