Technology Transfer & ARV Licensing Partnership

ViiV Healthcare understands that price is not the only barrier to access. It is committed to developing meaningful partnerships with communities, academic institutions and NGOs that focus on areas leveraging its core business activities, skills and resources in order to build and support local capacity through sustainable and appropriate investments.

ViiV Healthcare Technology Transfer & ARV Licensing

GlaxoSmithKline granted its first voluntary license in 2001. Now under the auspices of ViiV Healthcare, the number of licenses has been extended to sixteen royalty free licensing agreements for ViiV Healthcare's ARVs to all least developed countries, all low income countries and sub-Saharan Africa.

ViiV Healthcare's licensees supplied 1.1 billion tablets of their versions of Epivir® and Combivir® to Africa in 2012.

In 2014 ViiV Healthcare granted two voluntary licenses to the Medicines Patent Pool in order to expand access to their newest medicine dolutegravir, just three months after its approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), This agreement included a royalty-free voluntary license for manufacture and supply of dolutegravir in all low-income, all least-developed and all sub-Saharan African countries – covering over 93% of all adults living with HIV. Additionally, ViiV Healthcare also provided a royalty-free license for the development, manufacture and supply of pediatric formulations of dolutegravir in the countries where 99% of all children with HIV live.


  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

    Goods Supplier
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 10,000+

    We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world,...

  • Pfizer

    Institute, Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    At Pfizer, they apply science and their global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives.

    They strive to set the standard for quality,...

  • Apotex

    Goods Supplier
    Canada | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    APOTEX is an independent, dynamic, Canadian pharmaceutical company committed to R&D, manufacturing and distributing a broad range of high-quality, affordable medicines to patients,...

  • Medicines Patent Pool (MPP)

    Implementing NGO, Goods Supplier
    Staff size: 26-50

    The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed public health organisation working to increase access to HIV, viral hepatitis C and tuberculosis treatments in low- and middle-income...

  • ViiV Healthcare

    Implementing NGO
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 26-50

    ViiV Healthcare is an independent company 100% focused on the needs of people living with HIV

    • Their aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has...

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Key Information

LocationSouthern Africa, West Africa, Eastern Africa, Central Africa
  • Start Date 2001