Our strengths include:
Established infrastructure in multiple countries in Africa;
The organization operates functional programmes that are administered through national offices and affiliated institutions and organizations. Our drug development projects are implemented through partnership agreements and strategic alliances with private and public organizations and at our fully owned International Centre for Ethnomedicine and Drug Development (InterCEDD), a laboratory and training facility located in Nsukka, Nigeria – www.intercedd.com BDCP also owns a licensed pharmaceutical company in the United States of America, Axxon Biopharm Inc., which focuses on the promotion and introduction of African herbal medicinal products into the international market. (www.axxonbiopharm.com). As well as the Intercedd Health Products (www.intercedd.com) company in Nigeria.
BDCP offers the ability to liaise with a network of offices for programs and projects, through our strategic alliances with scientists, universities, NGO’s, CBOs and governmental institutions.
Ability to work at multiple levels;
BDCP works with government officials, scientists, and policy makers and also with rural people and traditional healers at the grassroots level. The training courses that we conduct are designed to target multiple sectors.
Ability to impact African policy and to establish solid multi-sector strategic alliances;
Examples of our work in this area are:
1. Internationally, BDCP has been used as a model for demonstrating the successful implementation of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD)(see COP-4).
2. Designed benefit-sharing models for the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
3. The World International Property Organization (WIPO) has conducted a case study on BDCP as a model organization for the equitable utilization of indigenous biodiversity
4. Participated in the development of draft regulation for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria and provision of expert technical consultation in developing Nigeria’s regulations on herbal medicines.
5. In 1995, BDCP spearheaded the establishment of the African Scientific Co-operation on Phytomedicine and Aromatic Plants (ASCOPAP).
6. The organization has also provided expert technical consultation in developing a programme for sustainable use of biological resources in South Africa and Cameroon.
Experienced consultants on intellectual property rights issues;
The hallmark of BDCP’s program is the willingness to advocate for local communities on issues of intellectual properties rights and equitable benefit sharing.
The BDCP model of IPR management and benefit sharing, emanate from BDCP’s core values. BDCP acknowledges that central to the success of creating sustainable projects are two common trends:
a) Equitable sharing of the benefits and proceeds derived from the work; and
b) The ability to respect and protect the intellectual property rights of all stakeholders involved in BDCP’s projects.
In our experience, success in these two areas establishes the tone for respectful professional relationships that lead to projects flourishing in creativity and innovation. While benefit sharing agreements are determined on a case by case basis, BDCP has developed a Guideline which serves as a statement of BDCP’s policy on Benefit Sharing and IPR and is intended to serve as a basis or a starting point for discussions among collaborators.
This model has been used to develop Nigeria’s Intellectual Property Rights and Traditional Medicinal Knowledge Practice (IPR/TMKP) policy and legal framework.
Experience with capacity building and training;
BDCP views and implements capacity building as two-fold: hardware/tangibles and intellectual. Through the implementation of capacity building projects, the organization strives to increase intellectual and information capacities.
Experience running large multinational projects;
The International Cooperative Biodiversity Group (ICBG) is an example of the one of the multinational and institutional programs spanning ten years and involving 13 institutions. The Medical Informatics Training for Africa (MedITA) enhances BDCP’s delivery of information systems, particularly those concerned with human health. BDCP also partnered with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on the medicinal, ornamental, aromatic and pesticidal plants project involving four African countries.
Ability to bring modern scientific methods and project R&D experience to the cultivation, selection, manufacture and clinical evaluation and standardisation of herbal remedies;
Through a cadre of research scientists, networked collaborations and high technology at InterCEDD, over five hundred plants have been screened for activity against major tropical diseases.
Experience at monitoring of ecosystem dynamics;
BDCP adopts Geographical Information Systems (GIS) application method and Remote Sensing Technology (RST) to monitor changes and variations of the various ecosystems. Through our hands-on experience and field resources in West/Central Africa, BDCP has the capacity to work at both long and short-term projects.