Over a 10-year period, the National Institutes of Health, agency scientists and executives such as Dr. Anthony Fauci received a total of $350 million in royalty payments from third parties, such as pharmaceutical companies, according to an independent investigation that obtained government documents through a lawsuit.
The probe by Adam Andrzejewski and his non-profit OpenTheBooks.com examined the royalty payments for inventions by agency scientists between fiscal years 2010 and 2020.
In addition, NIH granted $30 billion to about 56,000 recipients, OpenTheBooks.com found, noting that the “largess of taxpayer money buys a lot of favor and clout within the scientific, research, and healthcare industries.”
As for the lucrative royalty payments to NIH scientists, the non-profit said, each one “could be a potential conflict of interest and needs disclosure.”
Andrzejewski said the NIH documents are heavily redacted, and only the number of payments each scientist received is disclosed along with the aggregate amount per NIH agency. The amount of the individual payments is blacked out.
Among the NIH leadership and top scientists receiving royalty payments are Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Francis Collins, the NIH director from 2009 to 2021.
Fauci, whose 2021 taxpayer-funded salary was $456,028, received
23 payments. Collins, whose salary that year was $203,500, got 14.