13 NGOs Call on USTR To Support Colombia in Special 301 Following Pressure Over Legal Access to Meds Efforts

KEI submitted a post-hearing submission to the USTR for the Special 301 on behalf of itself and twelve other international NGOs and academic institutions condemning recent pressures on Colombia’s legal and regulatory measures to increase access to affordable medicines, including… Continue Reading

Innogenetics v. Abbott – 2008 compulsory license granted for HCV genotyping kits under eBay v. MercExchange

This is an update to a 2007 report regarding a district court decision in the Innogenetics v. Abbott case here, regarding Abbott’s infringement of Innogenetics’s patents for HCV genotyping. The previous blog discusses the ruling at the district court level… Continue Reading

KEI Appeals NIH/NCI Decision to Proceed with License of CD30 CAR T technology to Gilead/Kite

KEI has appealed the NIH/NCI decision to proceed with the proposed exclusive license of anti-CD30 CAR T to Gilead, following an email of January 25, 2018 from Dr. David Lambertson of NCI rejecting all of KEI’s substantive suggestions and objections. KEI… Continue Reading

NIH Declines Request for the Budget for Clinical Trials Involving CAR T technology to be licensed to Kite/Gilead

On February 14, the NIH was asked what the budget was for the Phase 1 clinical trial of the anti-CD30 CAR T technology that is the subject of a proposed exclusive patent license to Kite/Gilead. The clinicaltrials.gov identifier for the… Continue Reading

PhRMA’s 2018 Special 301 Submission targets Australia, Canada, S. Korea, Japan & others over pricing, reimbursement policies

In its 2018 Special 301 submission, PhRMA targets a number of countries for pricing and reimbursement policies deemed hostile to the pharmaceutical industry. Among these, PhRMA strategically lobbies for the strongest classifications for Canada and Korea — countries dealing with… Continue Reading

Chilean Cámara de Diputados Votes Overwhelmingly To Proceed With Compulsory Licenses for HCV Drugs

The Cámara de Diputados of the Chilean Congress has overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on the President to advance the compulsory licensing request on HCV drugs made in March 2017 by patients, advocates including Innovarte NGO, and elected officials. The resolution, Number… Continue Reading

PAHO 29th Pan-American Sanitary Conference: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on Draft Concept Note

On Wednesday September 27, 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered an intervention at the PAHO 29th Pan-American Sanitary Conference during agenda item 8.10 on the Draft Concept Note towards WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work 2019–2023. I delivered the statement on behalf of KEI.

Mr. President:

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