This may sound like a lot, but if you have a look at the range and the number of patients, it is hardly anything. Just for comparison, alone the pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer spends an annual eight billion US dollars on R&D. Public investments account for around 2.2 billion US dollars of the above-mentioned 3.38 billion, while the rest consists of philanthropic and private financing. The biggest government donor in 2014 was the USA, at 1.53 billion US dollars, while the European Commission came up second, albeit with just 126 million US dollars. With a contribution of 54 million US dollars, Germany was fifth among the public funders.

What exactly is the money used for?
For one thing, national and international research institutes are supported. Second, we very much welcome that the money is also used to fund Product Development Partnerships (PDPs). Over the last four-and-a-half years, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has supported four of these partnerships with a total of 26 million euros: the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, which researches the development of new drugs to treat children, the Dengue Vaccine Initiative, the European Vaccines Initiative, which develops vaccine against malaria and other poverty-related diseases, and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, which works on diagnostics for several diseases such as tuberculosis, Leishmaniasis and sleeping disease.