Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. Many important medicines and public health technologies are developed in academic laboratories. Their accessibility in poor nations is profoundly affected by the research, patenting and licensing decisions made by universities. We are a group of university students who believe that our universities have an opportunity and a responsibility to improve global access to public health goods. As a non-profit organization rooted in a global movement of university students, UAEM aims to (1) Promote access to medicines and medical innovations in low- and middle-income countries by changing norms and practices around academic patenting and licensing, supported by our own independent research, (2) Ensure that university medical research meets the needs of people worldwide and (3) Empower students to respond to the access and innovation crisis.