On February 14, 2018, KEI meet with the FTC to express our opposition to Celgene’s proposed acquisition of Juno Therapeutics. Celgene-Juno-KEI-FTC16Feb2018 The Celgene acquisition of Juno Therapeutics would give Celgene control over competing candidates for the treatment of multiple myeloma… Continue Reading
On February 14, the NIH was asked what the budget was for the Phase 1 clinical trial of the anti-CD30 CAR T technology that is the subject of a proposed exclusive patent license to Kite/Gilead. The clinicaltrials.gov identifier for the… Continue Reading
(More on government funded inventions here) 2015 2015: Virotas Biopharmaceuticals. KEI and Public Citizen ask NIH for safeguards in license for HCV patents, April 14, 2015. 2015: NIH refuses to give information about principals in company seeking exclusive license to… Continue Reading
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Executive Board is expected to discuss agenda item 3.8 on Preparation for the third High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, to be held in 2018 the either… Continue Reading
We have a briefing note on this license here: 2018: Briefing note on NIH proposed license to Gilead for CD-30 CAR T technology
Contact: Kim Treanor 202-332-2670; firstname.lastname@example.org January 5, 2018 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has proposed an exclusive license with Gilead for certain patent applications for inventions that target CD-30 proteins and CAR T technologies. The proposed license is to… Continue Reading
On October 17, 2017, KEI sent a letter to the NIH regarding the failure of the University of Pennsylvania to disclose federal funding of five patented inventions for CAR T.
Today (October 18, 2017), we received this statement from the University:
“We have reviewed the letter and have confirmed that each of these patents was reported to the government as having NIH funding.
Missing in the reporting on the Novartis price for Kymriah, its new $475,000 CAR T treatment, is that Novartis received an Orphan Drug designation in February 3, 2015, and sequently received a tax credit subsidy from the United States equal to 50 percent of the cost of qualifying clinical trials.
From the FDA database on Orphan Designations:
KEI statement regarding Gilead’s Acquisition of Kite Pharma.
“Congress should require the NIH to enforce the Bayh-Dole obligation to make the Kite Pharma Chimeric Antigen Receptors Technologies (CAR T) treatments available to the public on reasonable terms.
KEI notes that Kite reported spending $317 million in R&D from 2012 to June 30, 2017, and is selling the company for $11.9 billion.
Workshop: Patents, the Public Interest and Two New Medical Technologies: Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR), Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CAR) technologies
On September 15th, 2017, Knowledge Ecology International will be hosting a workshop on: “Patents, the Public Interest and Two New Medical Technologies: CRISPR and CAR T.”
If you are unable to attend in person, a livestream of the event will be available here