…from PressTV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Did the US grab this guy just to have an Iranian to use in a prisoner swap? I did a quick Google search and found this below on recombinant proteins, certainly not a secret item.
Review: Recombinant Proteins for Industrial versus Pharmaceutical Purposes: A Review of Process and Pricing
John Puetz 1,* and Florian M.Wurm 2
1 Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
* Correspondence: [email protected]; Tel.: +1-314-577-5332
Received: 27 June 2019; Accepted: 22 July 2019; Published: 24 July 2019
Abstract: Recombinant proteins have been produced for over 30 years. Applications range from enzymes used in laundry detergents to antigen-detecting antibodies in cancer therapy. Despite similarities in manufacturing, drastic differences in retail pricing between recombinant proteins used for industrial (non-medical) versus pharmaceutical purposes exist.
Industrial proteins often have a retail price in the tens of dollars per kilogram while recombinant proteins for medical use may cost billions of dollars per kilogram. This manuscript will briefly review manufacturing techniques and contrast the differences between industrial versus pharmaceutical production.
Maximizing manufacturing technologies to reduce cost-of-goods (CoG) is desirable. However, the major reason for the very high pricing of pharma protein products does not reflect CoG, but the financial obligations of clinical trials, research and development, patent constraints, marketing, and return on investment.
So why did the FBI hold him secretly when they grabbed him? After all, he was invited here as a guest of the Mayo clinic to lead a research program. That must not have been illegal, but sending “biological material” to Iran was.
Would organ transfers be included in that list, blood donations for a natural disaster, etc.? Was this an anomaly in the rules that had never been seen before, or was it hunted down to be able to use as a reason to snag someone like this?
If yes, US authorities may have opened Pandora’s box into a whole new way that foreign countries can grab US scientists while working overseas or even attending a conference, to do what the US did here, hold them as part of an exchange pool. Maybe even information in their heads that they learned could be ruled a “transfer” in violation of sanctions.
The US Treasury Dept. merely has to state that passing any information to anyone from a sanctioned country that could possibly benefit its economy would be a violation as “aiding and abetting the enemy”. If the opposite were done, the US would scream “scientific terrorism”.
It will be interesting to see if we hear anything about this from the US academic and research community, to make a definitive public statement, or whether US authorities would want to keep this in a gray area to interpret how it wants on a case by case basis… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … December 15, 2019 –
Freed Iranian stem cell scientist, Dr. Masoud Soleimani, who was imprisoned in the United States for over a year without any charge, says the US is dismayed and angered by scientific progress of Iran.
“The main issue that angers the United States is the scientific progress of Iranian scientists and students,” Soleimani said while addressing a ceremony at Tehran’s Tarbiat Modares University on Sunday.
He added that the progress of a Muslim country deeply saddens the US in a way that it does not know how to react.
“Nothing is more important than standing on our own feet and we can achieve any goal through reliance on science,” the scientist noted.
The Iranian professor and biomedical researcher further stated that the US blocked any hearing in his case because of its arrogant nature. Soleimani returned home on December 7 following a prisoner swap with the US, which saw American citizen Xiyue Wang released by Iran.
The researcher — who works in stem cell research, hematology and regenerative medicine — was on a sabbatical when he was arrested by US authorities upon arrival in Chicago a year ago and transferred to a prison in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was scheduled to attend a news conference at Press TV headquarters in Tehran earlier on Sunday, but was taken to hospital with a heart condition. He underwent medical checks in hospital and was released later.
Soleimani had been invited by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to lead a research program there, but he was arrested upon arrival and secretly imprisoned without trial by the FBI on October 7, 2018. FBI authorities reportedly arrested him on charges that he had violated trade sanctions by trying to have biological material brought to Iran.
The charges related to September 2016 when Soleimani had seized on two former students’ plans to travel from the US to Iran as a chance to get recombinant proteins used in his research for a fraction of the price he’d pay at home. Recombinant proteins are found fundamentally in every medical testing and biological research laboratory.