Improving Access to Affordable, High-Quality Medicines
The Medicines For All Institute (M4ALL) operates under the auspices of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering. M4ALL’s mission is to improve access to affordable, high-quality medicines. This is done by lowering the cost of medications, both in market and in development, as well as enhancing the security of supply chains for these essential medications.
The Medicines for All Institute accomplishes its mission by reducing the cost of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) — a major cost driver in treating infectious diseases in the developing world.
There is a critical need for novel, cost-saving approaches to API production, but neither innovator drug companies nor generic manufacturers have economic incentives to develop them. Medicines for All meets this need by identifying manufacturing routes that utilize the lowest-cost raw materials and most efficient tools available.