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Prospective Grant of Exclusive License: Development of Chemopreventive Treatments for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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This is notice, in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209(c)(1) and 37 CFR404.7(a)(1)(i), that the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, is contemplating the grant of an exclusive patent license to practice the inventions embodied in PCT Patent Application No. PCT/US2009/054478, U.S. Patent Application No. 13/059,335 and foreign equivalents thereof entitled “Chemopreventive of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma” (HHS Ref. No. E-302-2008/0) to Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ltd., which is located in Jerusalem, Israel. The patent rights in these inventions have been assigned to the United States of America.

Other than license applications submitted as objections to this Notice of Intent to Grant an Exclusive License, no further license applications will be considered for the exclusive field of use set forth below if the Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ltd. is granted an exclusive license pursuant to this Notice of Intent to Grant an Exclusive License. The prospective exclusive license territory may be worldwide and the field of use may be limited to use of the Licensed Patent Rights for the prevention and treatment of head and neck cancers.


Only written comments and/or applications for a license which are received by the NIH Office of Technology Transfer on or before June 14, 2012 will be considered, in addition to the current non-exclusive applications under consideration, for the prospective license territory and field of use to be granted under the contemplated exclusive patent license.


Requests for copies of the patent application, inquiries, comments, and other materials relating to the contemplated exclusive license should be directed to: Whitney A. Hastings, Ph.D., Licensing and Patenting Manager, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 325, Rockville, MD 20852-3804; Telephone: (301) 451-7337; Facsimile: (301) 402-0220; Email:


In head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), a cancer occurring mostly in the mouth, it is frequently observed that the Akt/mTOR pathway is abnormally activated. Therefore, inhibiting this signaling pathway may help in treating this disease. Rapamycin and its analogs are known to inhibit the activity of mTOR so in principle they could serve as therapeutics for treating HNSCC.

This technology describes a method of potentially preventing or treating HNSCC through the inhibition of mTOR activity. The proof of this principle was demonstrated by rapid regression of mouth tumors in mice afflicted with Cowden syndrome with the administration of rapamycin. Like HNSCC, development of this disease is linked to over activation of the Akt/mTOR pathway. Furthermore, the therapeutic potential of rapamycin was demonstrated using mice in experiments that model chronic exposure to tobacco, which promotes the development of HNSCC. Therefore, inhibitors of mTOR have considerable potential in the prevention and treatment of HNSCC.

The prospective exclusive license and any further license applications received as objections to this Notice of Intent to Grant an 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, the 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.

Any additional applications for a license in the field of use filed in response to this notice will be treated as objections to the grant of the contemplated exclusive license. Comments and objections submitted to this notice will not be made available for public inspection and, to the extent permitted by law, will not be released under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.

Dated: May 9, 2012.

Richard U. Rodriguez,

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

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