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, UACT, Public Citizen, SSW, LWC Health Appeal NIH Grant of Exclusive License on Gene Therapy for Cancer to Intima Biosciences

On October 26, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), Public Citizen, Social Security Works (SSW), LWC Health, Ruth Lopert, Manon Ress, and Terry Love filed an administrative appeal with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).… Continue Reading

KEI and UACT Comments Regarding NIH Exclusive License on GPC3-Expressing Cancer Treatment

On Tuesday November 12, 2019, KEI and the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) filed comments on the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: The Development of an Anti-GPC3 Radionuclide Immunoconjugate for the Treatment… Continue Reading

Trilateral symposium: WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo highlights the opportunities and challenges faced in providing access to CAR T

On Thursday, 31 October 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) hosted the eighth trilateral symposium jointly convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The theme of this year’s symposium was ” “Cutting-Edge Health… Continue Reading

KEI Comments to the NIH on Exclusive License to Opsis Therapeutics for Retinal Cell Therapies

On October 18, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted comments to the Federal Register Notice for the “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Compositions, Devices and Processes for Production and Delivery of Cell Grafts of Manufactured Retinal Pigment Epithelium… Continue Reading

KEI and UACT Comments to NIH on License to T-Cell Therapy for Cancer to Ziopharm Oncology

On Friday October 18, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International and the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) submitted comments on the “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Development and Commercialization of Cell Therapies for Cancer” (84 FR 52890)by the National… Continue Reading

KEI and UACT Comments to NIH on License in AAV Vectors to Generation Bio and Spark Therapeutics

On Friday October 11, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International and the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) submitted comments to the Federal Register notice (84 FR 51171) for the “Prospective Grant of Exclusive Patent License: Capsid-Free AAV Vectors, Compositions, and Methods… Continue Reading

UK Labour Party’s new pledge on innovation and affordability of medicines: Medicine for the Many

The UK Labour Party Document, “Medicines-For-The-Many” is 52 pages long, including 9 pages of end notes. It is an ambitious document. The document discusses, in some detail, innovation as well as access and affordability. The reforms proposed include measures that… Continue Reading

U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn calls for use of compulsory licensing, public sector manufacturing and pricing controls on drugs using government funded inventions

Today, in his address to the U.K. Labour party conference, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn made the following statement on drug patents and prices. Yesterday I met Luis Walker, a wonderful nine-year-old boy. Luis is living with cystic fibrosis. Every day… Continue Reading

Joint Comments by KEI, UACT, Social Security Watch and Health Gap on the proposed NIH Exclusive License in CAR Therapy to Lyell Immunopharma (and NIH Response)

(UPDATE: As noted in the comments below, the NIH provided a response to the joint comments submitted on September 5, 2019, well in advance of the close of the comment period on September 15, 2019) On September 19, 2019, Knowledge… Continue Reading