Natalie’s Commentary: With the information related to these payments not being disclosed, how can the public know whether the federal laws pertaining to federal employee’s receiving distribution of royalties under 15 U.S. Code § 3710c – Distribution of royalties received by Federal agencies are being upheld? For example, with all of the payments cited below was the $150,000 payment limit per federal employee observed. Did the majority of the royalties go to the federal laboratories which generated the invention as required by section (B)?
It all seems very suspect with many opportunities for conflicts of interest. How can an administrator of an agency the size of NIH have the time to make contributions to inventions and so be eligible for royalties. Collins and Fauci don’t work in a lab and probably haven’t been in one except for photo opportunities for many years. How are they inventors?
It should be noted that the $350 million in royalties from third parties paid to NIH scientists during the fiscal years between 2010 and 2020,” was during former President Obama’s two terms from 2009 – 2016.
In November 25, 2009, Pfizer planned and did build R&D facility in Wuhan, China. Pfizer was expanding its R&D efforts in China and announced its plans to build a new facility.
An agreement had been signed to establish a new Pfizer R&D centre in Wuhan, which the firm says represents an expansion of its existing facility in Shanghai. Once the new plant is built, the company expects the number of employees to grow to 200 within three years but gave no details about the financial investment involved.
Pfizer noted that its Wuhan operation will liaise with local research institutes and universities “utilizing the rich resources of local talent and existing industry capabilities to develop research collaborations”. It stressed that Shanghai will remain “the operations hub of Pfizer’s R&D effort in China”.
Allan Gabor, the company’s North Asia President, noted that it is the first to establish a significant R&D presence in China’s Central/Western region. He added that the Wuhan centre will be an integral part of Pfizer’s global R&D operations “while being closely aligned with the Chinese government’s strategy on biopharmaceutical industry development in the region.”
The site will be based at the Wuhan National Bioindustry Base, or Biolake, the construction for which started in November last year.
Dr. Anthony Fauci in 2015, during the Obama/Biden administration, donated $3.7 million of American taxpayers money to the P4 Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China where COVID-19 was genetically engineered. The virus never originated from an animal therefore there was no transfer of this deadly virus from an animal to humans.
It’s a given Obama and his administration knew in 2015 that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s gain of function research with EcoHealth Alliance was funding millions and millions of taxpayer’s money to the P4 Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China to genetically engineer the sinister COVID virus. EcoHealth Alliance scientific staff was working side by side with the P4 Wuhan Institute of Virology staff in Wuhan, China.
In addition, a Peruvian Court ruled that Bill Gates & George Soros were criminally liable for “creating” the COVID-19 pandemic. Bill Gates, George Soros, and several members of the Rockefeller family were deemed responsible for the advent and spread of the Chinese virus, which has killed tens of thousands of small businesses and forever changed the world for the worse.
A Peruvian court charged the group with responsibility for creating the coronavirus pandemic. In its decision, the Chicha and Pisco Criminal Appeals Chamber said the pandemic was the invention of a “criminal elite around the world” made up of billionaires such as Soros, Gates and Rockefeller, among others.
For Judges Tito Gallegos, Luis Legia and Tony Changarei, the pandemic was “unpredictable”; for all but the alleged creators, “who have been involved in it and continue to manage it with particular secrecy in their environment.” ~ Natalie
Nonprofit Watchdog Uncovers $350 Million in Secret Payments to Fauci, Collins, Others at NIH
From The Epoch Times By May 9, 2022 and Nats.news
Open the Books is a Chicago-based nonprofit government watchdog that uses the federal and state freedom of information laws to obtain and then post on the internet trillions of dollars in spending at all levels of government.
The nonprofit filed a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit seeking documentation of all payments by outside firms to NIH and/or current and former NIH employees.
An estimated $350 million in undisclosed royalties were paid to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and hundreds of its scientists, including the agency’s recently departed director, Dr. Francis Collins, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, according to a nonprofit government watchdog.
“We estimate that up to $350 million in royalties from third parties were paid to NIH scientists during the fiscal years between 2010 and 2020,” Open the Books CEO Adam Andrzejewski told reporters in a telephone news conference on May 9.
“We draw that conclusion because, in the first five years, there has been $134 million that we have been able to quantify of top-line numbers that flowed from third-party payers, meaning pharmaceutical companies or other payers, to NIH scientists.”
The first five years, from 2010 to 2014, constitute 40 percent of the total, he said.
“We now know that there are 1,675 scientists that received payments during that period, at least one payment. In fiscal year 2014, for instance, $36 million was paid out and that is on average $21,100 per scientist,” Andrzejewski said.
“We also find that during this period, leadership at NIH was involved in receiving third-party payments. For instance, Francis Collins, the immediate past director of NIH, received 14 payments. Dr. Anthony Fauci received 23 payments and his deputy, Clifford Lane, received eight payments.”
Collins resigned as NIH director in December 2021 after 12 years of leading the world’s largest public health agency. Fauci is the longtime head of NIH’s National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as well as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden. Lane is the deputy director of NIAID, under Fauci.
The top five NIH employees measured in terms of the number of royalty payments that they received while on the government payroll, according to a fact sheet published by Open the Books, include Robert Gallo, National Cancer Institute, 271 payments; Ira Pastan, National Cancer Institute, 250 payments; Mikulas Popovic, National Cancer Institute, 191 payments; Flossie Wong-Staal, National Cancer Institute, 190 payments; and Mangalasseril Sarngadharan, National Cancer Institute, 188 payments.
Only Pastan continues to be employed by NIH, according to Open the Books.
“When an NIH employee makes a discovery in their official capacity, the NIH owns the rights to any resulting patent. These patents are then licensed for commercial use to companies that could use them to bring products to market,” the fact sheet reads.
“Employees are listed as inventors on the patents and receive a share of the royalties obtained through any licensing, or ‘technology transfer,’ of their inventions. Essentially, taxpayer money funding NIH research benefits researchers employed by NIH because they are listed as patent inventors and therefore receive royalty payments from licensees.”
An NIH spokesman didn’t respond by press time to a request for comment.
Andrzejewski told reporters that the Associated Press reported extensively on the NIH royalty payments in 2005, including specific details about who got how much from which payers for what work, that the agency is denying to Open the Books in 2022.
“At that time, we knew there were 918 scientists, and each year, they were receiving approximately $9 million, on average with each scientist receiving $9,700. But today, the numbers are a lot larger with the United States still in a declared national health emergency. It’s quite obvious the stakes in health care are a lot larger,” Andrzejewski said.
He said the files Open the Books is receiving—300 pages of line-by-line data—are “heavily redacted.”
“These are not the files the AP received in 2005 where everything was disclosed—the scientist’s name, the name of the third-party payer, the amount of the royalty paid by the payer to the scientist,” Andrzejewski said. “Today, NIH is producing a heavily redacted database; we don’t know the payment amount to the scientist, and we don’t know the name of the third-party payer, all of that is being redacted.”
Federal officials are allowed to redact information from responses to FOIA requests if the release of the data would harm a firm’s commercial privilege.
The undisclosed royalty payments are inherent conflicts of interest, Andrzejewski said.
“We believe there is an unholy conflict of interest inherent at NIH,” he said. “Consider the fact that each year, NIH doles out $32 billion in grants to approximately 56,000 grantees. Now we know that over an 11-year period, there is going to be approximately $350 million flowing the other way from third-party payers, many of which receive NIH grants, and those payments are flowing back to NIH scientists and leadership.”
Fauci and Lane told AP that they agreed there was an appearance of a conflict of interest in getting the royalties, with Fauci saying that he contributed his royalties to charity. Lane didn’t do that, according to Andrzejewski.
The governing ethics financial disclosure form in the past defined the royalty payments as income recipients received from NIH, which meant the recipients weren’t required to list their payments on the form.
But Andrzejewski said NIH has refused to respond to his request for clarification on the disclosure issue.
“If they are not, none of these payments are receiving any scrutiny whatsoever and to the extent that a company making payments to either leadership or scientists, while also receiving grants … then that just on its face is a conflict of interest,” he said.
NIH declined to respond to the FOIA, so Open the Books is taking the agency to court, suing it for noncompliance with the FOIA. Open the Books is represented in federal court in the case by another nonprofit government watchdog, Judicial Watch.