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Prospective Grant of Exclusive License: Conjugate Vaccines Against B. anthracis

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AGENCY:

National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This is notice, in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209(c)(1) and 37 CFR 404.7(a)(1)(i), that the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is contemplating the grant of an exclusive license to practice the following invention as embodied in the following patent applications: (1) E-146-2004/0, Purcell et al., “Monoclonal Antibodies That Neutralize Anthrax Protective Antigen (PA) Toxin”, U.S. Patent Application Number 60/639,074, filed on December 22, 2004, PCT Application Number PCT/US2005/046/790, filed on December 21, 2005, and U.S. Patent Application Number 11/793,735, filed on December 8, 2009, (2) E-123-2007/0, Purcell et al., “Monoclonal Antibodies that Neutralize B. anthracis Protective Antigen (PA), Lethal Factor (LF) and Edema Factor (EF)”, U.S. Patent Application Number 60/903,022, filed on February 23, 2007, PCT Application Number PCT/US2008/054609, filed on February 21, 2008, and U.S. Patent Application Number 12/528,427, filed on August 24, 2009, and European Patent Application Number 08730415.0, filed on September 23, 2009, (3) E-125-2008/0, Purcell et al., “Monoclonal Antibodies That React With the Capsule of Bacillus anthracis”, U.S. Patent Application Number 61/116,222, filed on November 19, 2008, PCT Application Number PCT/US2009/065198, filed on November 19, 2009, and U.S. Patent Application Number 13/130,044, filed on May 18, 2011, (4) E-343-2002/0, Schneerson et al., “gammaPGA Conjugates for Eliciting Immune Responses Directed Against Bacillus anthracis and Other Bacilli”, U.S. Patent Application Number 60/476,598, filed on June 5, 2003, PCT Application Number PCT/US2004/17736, filed on June 4, 2004, U.S. Patent Application Number 10/559,825, filed December 2, 2005, now U.S. Patent Number 7,803,386, European Patent Application Number 04754360.8, filed June 4, 2004, Canadian Patent Application Number 2,528,067, filed June 4, 2004, and Australian Patent Application Number 2004252091, filed June 4, 2004, now Australian Patent Number 2004252091, and (5) E-040-2005/0, Schneerson et al., “Methods for Preparing Immunogenic Conjugates”, U.S. Patent Application Number 11/005,851, filed on December 6, 2004, now U.S. Patent Number 7,625,736, PCT Application Number PCT/US2005/19678, filed June 3, 2005, European Patent Application Number 05758048.2, filed June 3, 2005, now European Patent Number 1765394 (rights were validated in Germany (Patent Number 602005015855), France (Patent Number 1765394), Great Britain (Patent Number 1765394), and Ireland (Patent Number 1765394)), Indian Patent Application Number 7703/DELNP/2006, filed June 3, 2005, Chinese Patent Application Number 200580018108.2, filed June 3, 2005, Australian Patent Application Number 2005249571, filed June 3, 2005, now Australian Patent Number 2005249571, Canadian Patent Application Number 2,568,364, filed June 3, 2005, and U.S. Patent Application Number 12/582,420, filed October 20, 2009, to Biologics Resources LLC, having a place of business in Boyds, Maryland, United States of America. The patent rights in these inventions have been assigned to the United States of America.

DATES:

Only written comments and/or application for a license which are received by the NIH Office of Technology Transfer on or before September 26, 2011 will be considered.

ADDRESSES:

Requests for a copy of the patent application, inquiries, comments and other materials relating to the contemplated license should be directed to: Peter Soukas, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 325, Rockville, MD 20852-3804; E-mail: ps193c@nih.gov; Telephone: (301) 435-4646; Facsimile: (301) 402-0220.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Anthrax, whether resulting from natural or bioterrorist-associated exposure, is a constant threat to human health. The lethality of anthrax is primarily the result of the effects of anthrax toxin, which has 3 components: a receptor-binding protein known as “protective antigen” (PA) and 2 catalytic proteins known as “lethal factor” (LF) and “edema factor” (EF). Although production of an efficient anthrax vaccine is an ultimate goal, the benefits of vaccination can be expected only if a large proportion of the population at risk is immunized. In contrast, passive administration of neutralizing human or chimpanzee monoclonal antibody to a subject at risk for anthrax or exposed to anthrax could provide immediate efficacy for emergency prophylaxis against or treatment of anthrax.

The methods and compositions of these inventions provide a means for prevention and/or therapy of B. anthracis (anthrax) infection by immunization with conjugate vaccines against anthrax and/or passive immunization with monoclonal antibodies against B. anthracis.

The prospective exclusive license will be royalty bearing and will comply with the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. The prospective exclusive license may be granted unless, within thirty (30) days from the date of this published Notice, NIH receives written evidence and argument that establishes that the grant of the license would not be consistent with the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7.

The fields of use may be limited to (1) monoclonal antibodies against B. anthracis (anthrax) for use in humans and (2) B. anthracis conjugate vaccines for use in humans.

Properly filed competing applications for a license filed in response to this notice will be treated as objections to the contemplated license. Comments and objections submitted in response to this notice will not be made available for public inspection, and, to the extent permitted by law, will not be released Start Printed Page 53481under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.

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Dated: August 19, 2011.

Richard U. Rodriguez,

Director, Division of Technology Development and Transfer, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health.

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