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 Exclusive Licenses for CAR T Technologies to Kite/Gilead

On Monday July 29, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted joint comments to the NIH on behalf of KEI, Social Security Watch (SSW), Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), and Clare Love, a cancer… Continue Reading

KEI Letter to US House Oversight Committee on NIH Misconduct and Lack of Transparency

On July 22, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International submitted a letter to the US House of Representative’s Committee on Oversight and Reform regarding the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) lack of transparency in its exclusive licensing processes. Prior to executing an… Continue Reading

KEI and UACT comment on NIH license to Molecular Targeting Technologies, Inc. over Lutetium-177 Radiotherapeutics Against Somatostatin-Receptor Expressing Neuroendocrine Tumors

On July 2, 2019, KEI and UACT submitted comments to the Federal Register notice 84 FR 28063 on the “Prospective Grant of Exclusive Patent License: Lutetium-177 Radiotherapeutics Against Somatostatin-Receptor Expressing Neuroendocrine Tumors” from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The proposed… Continue Reading

Delinkage, TRIPS flexibilities, and alternative incentive frameworks emerge as flashpoints during Human Rights Council’s discussions on Access to Medicines and Vaccines

UPDATE: On 4 July 2019, the Core Group will submit a “TABLING REV 1” version of their resolution on “Access to medicines and vaccines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard… Continue Reading

UPenn, Nationwide Children’s Hospital refuse to disclose which patents they licensed to Novartis for Zolgensma

Zolgensma, Novartis’s new $2.1 million gene therapy for children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), is a remarkable breakthrough with a steep price tag: the cost per child is $2.125 million. The treatment was developed using research funded by the National… Continue Reading