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Sanders questions NIH licensing practices

Investigation could open debate about IP licensing

October 25, 2023 12:48 AM UTC
Updated on Oct 25, 2023 at 8:37 PM UTC

An investigation into NIH’s technology licensing practices requested by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could stimulate public discussion about allegations of cronyism and secrecy at the world’s largest biomedical research funding agency. It could also spark a debate about the best ways to turn NIH-funded research into medicines, including the kinds and value of incentives needed to commercialize discoveries.

Sanders, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter Monday to the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) requesting an investigation of a specific licensing deal, along with more general questions about NIH licensing practices. ...