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Florida members in House and Senate Object to Proposed Exclusive License of Zika Vaccine

Yesterday, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer expressing strong concerns regarding the proposed exclusive license of a federally-funded Zika vaccine to Sanofi, stating that, "If the Army chooses to move forward with its plan to provide Sanofi Pasteur an exclusive license to sell this vaccine, it must first obtain assurances that the vaccine will be affordable to all who need it." Senator Nelson is a senior member of the Committee on the Armed Services.

KEI asks the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a policy on licensing CRISPR patents

On June 6, 2017, Knowledge Ecology International wrote to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) asking the Department to adopt a policy on the licensing of federally-funded CRISPR patented inventions. (Copy here).

KEI Statements on World Health Assembly Committee Passage of Cancer Resolution | May 30, 2017

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The final text of the resolution (WHA70.12, Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach) can be found it here: http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA70/A70_R12-en.pdf

WHA 70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International - Third High-Level Meeting of the GA on NCDs

On Tuesday, 30 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following intervention on Preparation for the third High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, to be held in 2018. The statement was delivered by Thiru Balasubramaniam.

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WHA 70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International - Global vaccine action plan

On Monday, 29 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following intervention on the Global vaccine action plan. The statement was delivered by James Love.

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WHA70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on antimicrobial resistance

On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following intervention on antimicrobial resistance. This statement was read by Andrew Goldman.

KEI would like to call attention to a proposal introduced in the United States Congress, as Senate Bill 771, sponsored by 16 US Senators, and HR 1776, which has 14 sponsors in the House of Representatives.

SEC. 409K of the bill is titled, “PRIZE FUND FOR NEW AND MORE EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS OF BACTERIAL INFECTIONS.”

KEI Comments for 70th World Health Assembly Listening Session at DHHS

Today KEI attended the annual listening session at DHHS, when speakers are alotted no more than 1.5 minutes to speak on a specific agenda item, with no more than two agenda items per speaker. Our brief comments were focused on advancing the delinkage approach in the contexts of the GSPOA, CEWG, and cancer.

Experts, NGOs ask WHA delegates to support feasibility study of funding cancer research without high prices

On May 3, 2017, 29 civil society organizations and 33 health professionals, activists, and economists — including Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz — asked delegates to the World Health Assembly (WHA) to support a feasibility study on the progressive delinkage of the costs of research and development from the price of cancer medicines. The groups and experts sent a letter to the delegates.

U.S. Army Rejects Pricing Concerns in Grant of Exclusive Patent License to Sanofi on Zika Vaccine

Today, KEI received a letter from the U.S. Army dated April 21, 2017, signed by Barry M. Datlof, in which the Army largely rejected concerns raised in comments submitted by KEI and various other public interest groups related to the proposed grant of an exclusive license to the French drug company Sanofi on a U.S. Army-invented vaccine for Zika virus.

KEI 10 March 2017 Comments on Army Exclusive License on Zika Virus Vaccine Patents to Sanofi

On March 10, 2017, KEI filed our 3rd set of comments with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC) on their proposed grant of an exclusive license on Zika virus vaccine patents to the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi.

KEI initial opposition to U.S. Army grant of exclusive license to Sanofi on patents for Zika virus vaccine

Building 810 December 21, 2016 -- KEI has filed comments with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) on the proposed grant of an exclusive license to Sanofi on patents on a vaccine for Zika Virus.

Washington Monthly Cover Story Highlights Petition to Lower Price of Xtandi in U.S.

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The November/December edition of the Washington Monthly cover story (available here) addresses executive actions to lower drug prices in the United States, in particular the use of march-in rights or royalty-free license rights in the Bayh-Dole Act. The story uses the case of Xtandi, a taxpayer-funded prostate cancer drug developed at UCLA with support from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Army, to highlight how those rights can be used by the executive branch to the lower the price of the drug. For more on Xtandi, see here: http://keionline.org/xtandi.

WIPO General Assembly 2016: Opening Statement of Knowledge Ecology International

On October 4th, 2016, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered this opening statement on the occasion of the Fifty-Sixth Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


KEI General Statement - WIPO General Assembly - 2016

October 4th, 2016

Thank you Chair for providing Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) the opportunity to speak today.

KEI Statement on United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines Report

On September 14, 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines issued its long-awaited report, which addressed the policy incoherencies between intellectual property, trade, human rights, innovation, and public health.

The report is available here: http://www.unsgaccessmeds.org/final-report/

NIH declines request to use government patent rights to lower price of Xtandi in June 20, 2017 letter from Francis Collins

National Institutes of Health Declines to Exercise Authority to Lower Xtandi Price
The National Institutes of Health will not use its rights under the Bayh-Dole Act to end the monopoly on the expensive prostate cancer drug Xtandi and allow low-priced generic versions to compete on the market.

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