Request for Proposals - Long-acting technologies repository

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Creation of a long-acting technologies repository for the Medicines Patent Pool

1.  Overview

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is accepting proposals for the creation, development and implementation of an interactive “long-acting technologies repository” that will need to be managed internally. The selected provider will work closely with MPP’s Business Development and Communications Team and Long-acting to have a ready-to-use, developed tool by April 2nd, 2021.

 

2.  About the Medicines Patent Pool

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed public health organisation working to increase access to, and facilitate the development of, life-saving medicines for low- and middle-income countries.

Through its innovative business model, MPP partners with civil society, governments, international organisations, industry, patient groups and other stakeholders, to prioritise and license needed medicines and pool intellectual property to encourage generic manufacture and the development of new formulations.

To date, MPP has signed agreements with ten patent holders for thirteen HIV antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, three hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals and a tuberculosis treatment. MPP was founded by Unitaid, which continues to be MPP’s main funder. MPP’s work on access to essential medicines is also funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

As part of its work in the long-acting therapeutics space, MPP is developing an online repository freely accessible with relevant intellectual property information on promising technologies and their applications for impact in resource limited settings.

 

3. Scope of work and deliverable

3.1 General aim and use of the tool

MPP is looking for a provider to develop, design and implement an interactive repository for long-acting technologies that will showcase a selection of technology platforms and their potential or ongoing applications, and that could be searchable by applying filters.

The repository will be freely and publicly available to facilitate collaborations among key stakeholders, maximise and speed the pipeline.

The data to be used are retrieved directly from the product owners requested to fill in a descriptors template (also here in PDF), and could be complemented manually by the admin with additional information. Data update will be done manually on the go.

The repository will feature “product cards” with 1/specific technical information retrieved from the filled descriptors template, and 2/ intellectual property information synthesis based on an automatic search from MedsPaL (with the possibility to go into MedsPaL for more details).

The repository will host around 300 products.

Ideally, the descriptors questionnaire should be hosted within the repository and retrieved information semi-automatically will be included in a new product card, before final admin validation prior to going live.

The repository will have to:

  • respect MPP’s website style and design;
  • be clearly understandable and intuitive to navigate;
  • be easy to use for anyone (even non-expert users);
  • be easily updatable and manageable by admin users with different levels of authorisations;
  • respect current UI and UX standards;
  • be not slow in loading, or when changing filters (including with slow internet bandwith);
  • be usable across all browsers;
  • respect latest web development standards;
  • respect GDPR regulations.

 

3.2 Search and advanced search (filter) tools

Users will be able to enter (a) specific key word(s) or select some criteria in drop down lists (or other filter criteria presentation format) and all the matching products in the database will be proposed by affinity priority.

Users should be able to export searches in bulk and for specific products into PDFs or tab delimited formats.

 

3.3 Additional functionalities

Automatic notifications: Users could subscribe to receive weekly notifications log of changes to a specific product or could subscribe to a trimestral compilation of major changes/news.

MPP will be able to include extra disease areas and refine categories.

This should not require extra work from developer/IT company. It should be easy and possible to be done by MPP.

 

4.  Budget

All proposals must include a budget and budget justification for all costs associated with this project. Costs must detail all components of this project.

Submitted proposals shall not exceed CHF 20,000.

 

5.  Criteria

The proposal will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrable clear understanding of the brief and proposal conformity to requirements
  • Outstanding technical expertise in web development and use of most up to date development tools
  • Ability to make complex IT issues accessible
  • Project management and customer service skills
  • Good command of English
  • Value for money

 

Please also include in your proposal:

  • your suggested system for managing issues/requests (error process, response time (including out of hours), priorities, transparency, client monitoring, etc.
  • your suggested organisational system for interacting with us and your resources (members of the team and profiles, response time, transparency etc.)

 

6.  How to submit a proposal

Please send an email to lgaayeb@medicinespatentpool.org with the subject “RFP – Repository” with your proposal and quote by Monday 7 December 2020, COB.

Feel free to contact Lobna Gaayeb if you require additional information:

Lobna Gaayeb

Long-Acting Technologies Project Manager

Mob.: +41 79 357 3795 / +33 6 25 94 39 51

E-mail: lgaayeb@medicinespatentpool.org

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