Constituency statement for Knowledge Ecology International, Health Action International, Oxfam, and Public Services International: Strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies

On 24 May 2022, I delivered the following constituency statement on behalf of Knowledge Ecology International, Health Action International, Oxfam, and Public Services International on the following topic: “16.2 – Strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies” at… Continue Reading

NIH Questioned about Xtandi and March-in Rights during Congressional Hearing

On Wednesday May 11, 2022, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was asked about Xtandi and march-in rights during a Congressional hearing. The House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the FY2023 Budget Request for the NIH, and Representative Mark… Continue Reading

KEI Comments Regarding NIH Prospective Exclusive License to Georgetown University for Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostic

On April 28, 2022, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) provided comments on the latest National Institutes of Health (NIH) Federal Register notice concerning licensing, the “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Development of Diagnostic for Imaging and Early Detection of… Continue Reading

Documents from NIH Freedom of Information requests

ACTIV Partnership Records Records received via the KEI-NIH Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit regarding an April 17, 2020 FOIA request for records relating to the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) partnership, the private-public partnership announced by the… Continue Reading

Additional Comments for the Public Hearing on the Proposed WHO Treaty on Pandemic Preparedness and Response

These are the additional comments to the WHO Public Hearing on a possible WHO treaty or other instrument on pandemic preparedness and response (KEI also provided oral testimony at the hearing, and filed earlier comments here). Luis Gil Abinader –… Continue Reading

KEI Comments Regarding NIH Exclusive License to Syncopation for CAR T Therapy

Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) filed comments with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on March 16, 2022 regarding the “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Development and Commercialization of Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapies (CAR-T) That are Specific to… Continue Reading

Senators Tillis and Blackburn’s February 24, 2022 Letter to HHS Opposing the Use of Bayh-Dole March-in Rights

(More on this topic here: On February 24, 2022, Senators Thom Tillis and Marsha Blackburn sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra (PDF copy). The letter refers to “petitions to march-in on a pharmaceutical product purely based on… Continue Reading

Clare Love, Robert Sachs and Eric Sawyer respond to Astellas Feb 9 Statement on Xtandi Bayh Dole march in and government use case

This is a letter from the three prostate cancer patient petitioners to HHS Secretary Becerra and Acting NIH Director Tabak, regarding the February 9, 2020 statement by Astellas on the Bayh-Dole march in and government rights case. The patient’s letter… Continue Reading

Selected NIH emails from FOIA requests

2016-Mar25-email-Re-Dir-Sig-Response-March-In-Letter 2016-Dec18-Email-Chain-Re-Reasonable-Pricing-Clauses 2016-Dec24-Email-Seeking-Help-Re-NCI-Criticism-Response 2016-Dec25-Email-Seeking-Help-NCI-Rebuttal 2016Mar30-Email-Sen-Sanders-Letter 2016Apr26-Email-Nader-Response 2016Jun27-Email-re-March-in Process 2017-Jan3-Email-Re-Help-NCI-Rebuttal 2017Jan5-Email-Regarding-Kite-License-Applicants 2017Apr24-Email-Chain-Re-Xtandi-Appeal 2017Nov20-email-helping-Allen 2017-Dec7-Email-Re-Placing-Op-Ed 2019Apr16-email-CAR T-information

Senators Warren and King, and Representative Doggett ask HHS Secretary Becerra to Move Forward on Xtandi March-in and Government Use Rights (Existing Bayh-Dole Safeguards)

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) wrote Secretary of HHS Xavier Becerra on February 17, 2022, urging him to move forward with the march-in petition by Robert Sachs, Clare Love and Eric Sawyer,… Continue Reading