Technology Transfer: NIH-Private Sector Partnership in the Development of Taxol

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The transfer of technology from government-funded medical research laboratories to the private sector aims to have new pharmaceuticals brought to market more efficiently than would be possible for a federal agency acting alone. Much of the pharmaceutical-related technology transfer originates with research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). GAO was asked to examine the legal and financial issues involved in technology transfers as illustrated by the research, development, and commercialization of Taxol. Taxol was developed through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between ... continued below

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United States. General Accounting Office. June 4, 2003.

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The transfer of technology from government-funded medical research laboratories to the private sector aims to have new pharmaceuticals brought to market more efficiently than would be possible for a federal agency acting alone. Much of the pharmaceutical-related technology transfer originates with research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). GAO was asked to examine the legal and financial issues involved in technology transfers as illustrated by the research, development, and commercialization of Taxol. Taxol was developed through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between NIH and the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company (BMS) and by 2001 had become the best-selling cancer drug in history. Specifically, GAO examined (1) how the technology transfer partnership affected the research and development of Taxol, (2) what NIH's financial investment was in Taxol-related research, and what the financial outcomes were of the technology transfer process related to Taxol, and (3) what factors influenced how NIH exercised its authority in Taxol-related technology transfer activities. GAO reviewed relevant materials and statutes governing technology transfer, reviewed the patent history of Taxol, interviewed NIH and BMS officials, and reviewed data on NIH's financial investment and drug pricing policies."

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United States. General Accounting Office. Technology Transfer: NIH-Private Sector Partnership in the Development of Taxol, report, June 4, 2003; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc292940/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.