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

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 (and NIH Response)

(UPDATE: The NIH provided responses to our comments on August 14, 2019: 84 FR 33272  Response and  84 FR 33270 Response) On Monday July 29, 2019, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted joint comments to the NIH on behalf of KEI,… Continue Reading

2018: NIH licenses on Anti-Mesothelin CAR to Atara Biotherapeutics

Attached are comments from 8 health and fair groups regarding a prospective grant of an exclusive license to NIH owned patent, for the development of an Anti-Mesothelin Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) for the treatment of human Cancer, to Atara Biotherapeutics… Continue Reading

UACT sends letter to Tufts President, Chairman of Trustees, asking questions about R&D cost study

On November 24, 2014. the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) sent a letter to Anthony P. Monaco, Office of the President, Tufts University, with copies to Michael Baenen, the Tufts Chief of Staff, and Peter Dolan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Tufts University, regarding the Tufts University press conference to announce an estimate of $2.6 billion as the R&D costs for new drugs. Continue Reading