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 …Add new comment Read more
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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 …Add new comment Read more
- 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.
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.Add new comment Read more
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 hereAdd new comment Read more
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 usedAdd new comment Read more
25 July 2017
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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.Add new comment Read more
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.Add new comment Read more
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:Add new comment Read more