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

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

On September 19, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), Social Security Works (SSW), Health GAP, and Brook Baker submitted comments regarding the “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Development and Commercialization of CD19/CD22 Chimeric… Continue Reading

Joint Comments Regarding NIH Proposed Exclusive License to Intima Biosciences for Cancer Therapy

On September 13, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), Public Citizen (PC), Social Security Works (SSW), LWC Health, Ruth Lopert, Manon Ress, and Terry Love submitted comments regarding the “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent… Continue Reading

KEI Request Re: Failure to Disclose Federal Funding in UPenn Bennett et al Patents for Gene Therapy to Treat Blindness

On September 9, 2019, KEI submitted a second request to the NIH that it investigate an apparent failure to disclose federal funding in patents in adeno-associated viral (AAV) gene therapies assigned to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).… Continue Reading

KEI, UACT, UAEM, and SSW Appeal NIH Grant of Exclusive Licenses on CAR Cancer Therapy to Gilead/Kite

On September 12, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), Social Security Works (SSW), and Clare Love filed an appeal with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The signatories appealed… Continue Reading

Zolgensma

Zolgensma is a gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) that was approved by the US FDA in May 2019, at a price of $2.1 million per patient. Zolgensma was licensed from a children’s hospital where it was developed on… Continue Reading

International Reference Pricing

KEI Briefing Note 2019:1  International Reference Pricing August 22, 2019 International Reference Pricing, often referred to as External Reference Pricing (ERP), is the practice of using a price in a foreign market as a benchmark for an acceptable price in… Continue Reading

KEI Comments on NIH Exclusive Licenses for CAR T Technologies to Kite/Gilead

On Monday July 29, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted joint comments to the NIH on behalf of KEI, Social Security Works (SSW), Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), and Clare Love, a cancer… Continue Reading