Draft UN non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Declaration, Sept 18 version

On September 18, 2018, negotiations closed on what may be the final draft of the “Political Declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.” The Declaration addresses the measures UN… Continue Reading

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 and UACT comments on the prospective grant of an exclusive license to Midissia Therapeutics

Below are the comments filed by Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) regarding a prospective grant of an exclusive license of NIH-owned patents to the California-based company Midissia Therapeutics. The prospective exclusive license is… Continue Reading

KEI comments on the prospective grant of an exclusive patent license: Mutant IDH1 inhibitors useful for treating cancer to Apexx Oncology

July 10, 2018 Sury Vepa, Ph.D., J.D., Senior Licensing and Patenting Manager National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences National Institutes of Health Email sury.vepa@nih.gov Re: Prospective Grant of Exclusive Patent License: Mutant IDH1 Inhibitors Useful for Treating Cancer to Apexx… Continue Reading

2017: Salubris Biotherapuetics: Bispecific, Biparatopic Antibody-Drug Conjugate for Human Liver Cancers

(More on government funded inventions here. Other KEI comments on NIH licenses are found here.) Attached are the August 8, 2017 KEI comments regarding the prospective grant of an exclusive patent license by the NIH to Salubris Biotherapuetics for the development of… Continue Reading

2017: KEI initial comments on NIH proposed grant of exclusive license on liver cancer treatment to Salubris

On August 8, 2017, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted comments on the proposed grant of an exclusive license from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Salubris Biotherapuetics, Inc, a corporation headquartered in Guangdong, China, for an important new technology that could be used Continue Reading

2017: VeriLuce license of patents for pancreatic cancer treatment

(More on government funded inventions here. Other KEI comments on NIH licenses are found here.) On July 10, 2017, the NIH issued a notice on “Prospective Grant of Exclusive Patent License: Composition and Methods for Delivering Inhibitory Oligonucleotides for the Treatment of… Continue Reading

2017: NantBioScience – Commercial Application and Use of Fulvestrant in Combination Therapy for the Treatment of Cancers

(More on government funded inventions here. Other KEI comments on NIH licenses are found here.) In 2016, the NIH signed a CRADA with NantBioScience, a company lead by Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD. to develop “Further Develop Recombinant NK Cells and Monoclonal Antibodies as… Continue Reading

House Appropriations rejects Kaptur amendment (allow competition for gov funded drugs if prices higher than reference countries)

On 19 July 2017, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced an amendment at the markup in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee of the FY2018 State and Foreign Operations, Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill that would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to use its authority to break patent monopolies for government-funded inventions priced higher in the U.S. than seven other high-income countries.

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