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NIH Research Executive Received 70 Secret Royalty Payments; Colleague Got 7

By Mark Tapscott
Updated: May 18, 2022

Two key National Institutes for Health (NIH) executives in positions of influence on decisions about who gets grants from the agency received a total of 77 previously undisclosed royalty payments from outside firms between 2010 and 2014.

The secret royalty payments, which were first reported by The Epoch Times, are among thousands estimated to total at least $350 million paid between 2010 and 2020. Former NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins received 14 payments, Anthony Fauci, who heads NIH’s National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), received 23, and Clifford Lane, Fauci’s chief deputy, got eight payments.

Acting NIH Director Lawrence Tabak conceded during questioning last week by Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Mich.) that the undisclosed royalties had the “appearance of a conflict of interest,” but he insisted that the agency has sufficient internal safeguards to prevent such problems. Federal law and ethics regulations bar federal employees from activities that present either the appearance or an actual conflict of interest. (See link for article)



  • NIH deputy Director for intramural research, Dr. Michael Gottesman, also received 70 payments from 2010-2014.  Gottesman provides guidance for the entire program, oversees and approves hiring of al NIH principal investigators, and is responsible for human subjects research protections, research integrity, technology transfer, animal care and use at NIH, created the post-baccalaureate training program which permits grad students to conduct thesis research, implemented loan repayment programs, created an intramural tenure track and new career track for clinical investigators, created the NIH intramural database, and spearheaded other programs in diversity, equity, research integrity, and leadership.
  • Gottesman announced his resignation in July 2021, pending selection of a successor, and plans to remain as chief of the laboratory of cell biology  in the NIH National Cancer Institute.
  • The NIH ignored the request for information until a FOIA lawsuit was filed.  It has also redacted payment amounts and payers’ identities so details remain a mystery.
  • NIH associate director for international research, Roger Glass, also received 7 royalty payments of unknown amounts from unknown payers.
  • Congressional Democrats were silent when asked about the secret royalty payments, while Republicans are calling for full disclosure with one senator calling the NIH a “dark money pit.”
  • Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) called for an investigation, noting: “Of course it’s a direct conflict of interest for scientists like Anthony Fauci to rake in $350 million in royalties from third parties who benefit from federal taxpayer-funded grants.  “Anthony Fauci is a millionaire that has gotten rich off taxpayer dollars. He is a prime example of the bloated federal bureaucracy. This royalty system should be examined to ensure it isn’t making matters worse.”

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