Why has it taken so long to bring this form of Govt. subsidizing private " for profit" companies. A fact that makes it almost completely risk free! for the contracted business. Genzyme profited from a similar drug developed by NIH scientist , paid for with taxpayer monies.
To add fuel to the fire, clinical trials were held at and paid for the National Institues of Health (NINDS, DNDB).
Fabrazyme was developed by NIH scientist!
Some of them hold patents, but because they are (were) Federal employees , they receive no money.