[Ip-health] Six Senators Call on Army to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Exclusive License of Zika Vaccine to Sanofi

Andrew S. Goldman andrew.goldman at keionline.org
Mon Jun 26 11:59:11 PDT 2017


Today, six Senators, including Sen. Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Sanders (I-VT),
Sen. Markey (D-MA), Sen. Brown (D-OH), Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sen.
Angus King (I-ME), sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Army Robert
Speer requesting a public hearing on the proposed exclusive license of a
federally-funded Zika vaccine to the French multinational, Sanofi, and
saying that "it is imperative that any forthcoming vaccine is accessible
and affordable for all, especially given the significant taxpayer
investment to date."


The same group of Senators additionally sent a separate letter to Sanofi
CEO Oliver Brandicourt that states that the Senators "will continue to urge
the Army not to finalize any contracts with your company" until the company
agrees to a reasonable and affordable price for the finished product. The
letter highlights the role of federal funding in this vaccine, the
"billions of dollars" that Sanofi's vaccines earn via purchase by U.S.
government payers, the "fairly common practice" of non-exclusive licensing
(noting that 95% of NIH agreements with industry are non-exclusive), and
more, concluding that, "Given all this, it is incomprehensible that Sanofi
would still seek a monopolistic license from the Army without including a
commitment to set an affordable price for this product."


Andrew S. Goldman
Counsel, Policy and Legal Affairs
Knowledge Ecology International
andrew.goldman at keionline.org // www.twitter.com/ASG_KEI
tel.: +1.202.332.2670

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