KEI and UACT comments on the prospective grant of exclusive licenses to Sinotau and MTTI

On August 27, 2018, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) filed comments to the NIH regarding the prospective grant of two separate exclusive licenses to Sinotau Pharmaceutical Group and Molecular Targeting Technologies, Inc. (MTTI),… Continue Reading

KEI comments on NIH proposed exclusive license to Neogene Therapeutics CRISPR-Engineered T Cell Therapies for the Treatment of Cancer

November 10, 2021 Andrew Burke, Ph.D. Senior Technology Transfer Manager, NCI Technology Transfer Center, Email: andy.burke@nih.gov. Re: Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Development and Commercialization of CRISPR-Engineered T Cell Therapies for the Treatment of Cancer to Neogene Therapeutics… Continue Reading

Silence procedure holds for the final report of the Member States Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness for and Response to Health Emergencies (WGPR)

UPDATE: On Friday, 12 November 2021, the draft report of the Member States Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness for and Response to Health Emergencies (WGPR) was published with the document number, A/WGPR/5/2. The report is available here. The fifth… Continue Reading

Zero Draft Report of the Member States Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness for and Response to Health Emergencies (WGPR) charts a course for a potential pandemic treaty

Update: On 28 October 2021 the Zero Draft Report of the Member States Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness for and Response to Health Emergencies to the special session of the World Health Assembly was published with the Document number… Continue Reading

KEI Comments on the Medicines Patent Pool/Merck License for Molnupiravir

(For more resources, please see our page on molnupiravir.) The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and Merck Sharp & Dohme (“MSD” or “Merck”) have announced a voluntary license for the generic manufacture and sale of molnupiravir. A joint press release from… Continue Reading

Countries included in the Merck/molnupiravir voluntary license with generic suppliers

(For more resources, please see our page on molnupiravir.) According to Brook Baker, these are the countries included in the Merck voluntary license to generic suppliers Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon,… Continue Reading

International landscape of molnupiravir patents

(For more resources, please see our page on molnupiravir.) KEI has built a dataset of patents related to molnupiravir based upon a study by Imran et al (2021), the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) MedsPal database, and our own searches. Our… Continue Reading

KEI Comments on NIH Prospective Exclusive License to Gilead for HIV Treatment/Cure

(Update: On November 4, 2021, the NIH provided a response to our comments on the license.) On October 12, 2021, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding the ““Prospective Grant of an Exclusive… Continue Reading

Molnupiravir

Also known as EIDD-2801 or MK-4482. KEI Blogs 2021. October 22. Countries included in the Merck/molnupiravir license. 2021. October 20. International landscape of molnupiravir patents. 2021. October 4. U.S. Government’s $1.2 Billion Contract for Merck’s Investigational COVID-19 Drug Molnupiravir Redacts… Continue Reading

WIPO General Assembly 2021: General statement of Knowledge Ecology International

On Tuesday, 5 October 2021, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following opening statement at the 2021 WIPO General Assembly. General Statement of Knowledge Ecology International – WIPO General Assembly 5 October 2021 The COVID pandemic illustrates flaws in the intellectual… Continue Reading

U.S. Government’s $1.2 Billion Contract for Merck’s Investigational COVID-19 Drug Molnupiravir Redacts IP Terms, Contains Donation Clause and Very Limited Technology Transfer License

(For more resources, please see our page on molnupiravir.) Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) has obtained a copy of the $1.2 billion contract between the U.S. government and Merck to advance purchase 1,696,629 treatment courses of molnupiravir, an investigational COVID-19 drug… Continue Reading