KEI receives seven new contracts for COVID 19 research from BARDA and DOD, including five using “Other Transactions Authority” that weaken or eliminate Bayh-Dole and FAR Safeguards

KEI has a number of outstanding requests under the United States Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for contracts related to biomedical innovations to control or treat the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, we received a… Continue Reading

Comments of Knowledge Ecology International Regarding “Purple Book Enhancement; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments” (FDA-2020-N-0437)

May 4, 2020 Comments of Knowledge Ecology International Regarding “Purple Book Enhancement; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments” (FDA-2020-N-0437) Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) provides the following comments regarding the Food and Drug Administration [FDA]’s Purple Book Enhancement. Our… Continue Reading

WTO TRIPS Council discussions on the transparency of R&D costs and the pricing of medicines: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

In February 2020, the World Trade Organization (WTO) de-restricted the minutes of the TRIPS Council’s October 2019 session. While the official minutes (IP/C/M/93/Add.1) were circulated to WTO members on 9 December 2019, the October 2019 minutes were only available to… Continue Reading

Submission of Knowledge Ecology International on the Draft General Comment: Science and economic, social and cultural rights Art. 15: 15.1b, 15.2, 15.3 and 15.4

On Friday, 14 February 2020, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted the following comments on the Draft General Comment on Science and economic, social and cultural rights prepared by the the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural rights (CESCR). The draft… Continue Reading

WHO EB146: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on the Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property

On Thursday evening, 6 February 2020, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered the following statement on WHO’s Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property. We request WHO’s Global Observatory on Health Research and Development to… Continue Reading

WTO TRIPS Council (October 2019): Statement of South Africa on the Transparency of R&D Costs and Pricing of Medicines and Health Technology

On Friday, 18 October 2019, South Africa delivered the following statement at the WTO TRIPS Council on transparency of R&D Costs and Pricing of Medicines and Health Technology. Intellectual Property and the Public Interest: R&D Costs and Pricing of Medicines… Continue Reading

WTO TRIPS Council: Submission of South Africa on R&D Costs and Pricing of Medicines and Health Technologies

On Friday, 4 October 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published a submission by the Republic of South Africa on “R&D Costs and Pricing of Medicines and Health Technologies” (IP/C/W/659). In this paper, South Africa requested the WTO TRIPS Council… Continue Reading