Why are patents necessary?

Patents are necessary to give a pharmaceutical company an exclusive license; otherwise, they will not invest in clinical trials and further developments necessary to bring a treatment to market and, therefore, to clinics to treat patients. Thus, we need to get over this “cost” hurdle to get our treatment to the bedside.

However, we are also considering partnerships with other globally active non-profits as a means of funding the world-wide distribution of our cure for SCD. In this case, patents may still be required in some countries, depending on how manufacuring and distribution of the medicine is handled.