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Harvard Business SchoolThe Harvard Business School Journal Working Knowledge recently published an interview with Michael Kremer and Rachel Glennerster discussing "pull mechanisms" to encourage commercial vaccine R&D efforts for developing countries. Many of the points reflected in the interview are discussed in the authors' new book Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases.

"With pull programs, money changes hands only after a successful product is developed, thus giving researchers strong incentives to self-select projects that have the best chance of success."

Kremer served as Co-Director of the CGD working group which is publishing "Making Markets for Vaccines".

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