Kim Treanor's blogs

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International – WHO EB Special session on the draft Thirteenth General Programme of Work

Meeting: EB Special session on the draft Thirteenth General Programme of Work Agenda Item: 3. Draft Thirteenth General Programme of Work Statement: KEI welcomes the opportunity to comment on the 13th General Programme of Work anchored upon WHO’s vision of achieving universal health coverage. The key to achieving universal health coverage is to reduce reliance …

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KEI and MSF release comments on the proposed license of Zika vaccine candidates to PaxVax

Background: The National Institutes of Health has proposed giving an exclusive license for multiple Zika vaccine candidates to PaxVax, a company with close ties to the federal government. The NIH-owned vaccine technologies are different from the Zika vaccine candidate the U.S. Army had proposed licensing to Sanofi. In the Sanofi/Army case, when BARDA withdrew funding …

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Following KEI request for investigation, Cold Spring Harbor Labs says 7 patents require correction to disclose federal funding

Summary:

  • After KEI filed a complaint with the NIH, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) corrected a failure to disclose funding of at least 7 patented inventions, including one patent for the drug Sprinraza.
  • Since 2012, when federal funding was relevant to an invention, CSHL failed to make a disclosure on a filed patent more than half the time.
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US Federal rights in patents on Probuphine, to treat opioid addiction

Probuphine is an expensive medication used to treat opioid dependence by providing maintenance treatment and lessening withdrawal symptoms. The U.S. federal government also has considerable leverage over the pricing of this product, because of the federal funding of the the research that lead to the sole Orange Book patent on the product, and phase 3 trials that were used the register the product.

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Workshop: Patents, the Public Interest and Two New Medical Technologies: CRISPR and CAR T

Workshop: Patents, the Public Interest and Two New Medical Technologies: Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR), Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CAR) technologies

On September 15th, 2017, Knowledge Ecology International will be hosting a workshop on: “Patents, the Public Interest and Two New Medical Technologies: CRISPR and CAR T.”

If you are unable to attend in person, a livestream of the event will be available here

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KEI initial comments on NIH proposed grant of exclusive license on liver cancer treatment to Salubris

On August 8, 2017, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted comments on the proposed grant of an exclusive license from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Salubris Biotherapuetics, Inc, a corporation headquartered in Guangdong, China, for an important new technology that could be used

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KEI and Médecins Sans Frontières propose contractual terms to protect access and affordability of Zika vaccine

25 July 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kim Treanor, kim.treanor@keionline.org or +1 (202) 332-2670

Washington, 25 July 2017 – Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have sent a letter today to the Command Judge Advocate of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), recommending two specific contractual terms for the proposed license of the US Army’s Zika vaccine technology to Sanofi Pasteur.

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House Appropriations rejects Kaptur amendment (allow competition for gov funded drugs if prices higher than reference countries)

On 19 July 2017, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced an amendment at the markup in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee of the FY2018 State and Foreign Operations, Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill that would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to use its authority to break patent monopolies for government-funded inventions priced higher in the U.S. than seven other high-income countries.

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Senate Armed Services Committee directive on use of Bayh-Dole rights for DoD funded drugs

The report of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, S. 1519, published July 10, 2017, includes a directive that links exclusive patent rights to the prices of drugs, vaccines and other medical technologies that are based upon DoD-funded inventions.

The text of the directive, approved unanimously by the full Senate Armed Services Committee, is as follows:

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