I think this is kind of interesting and want to know what everybody else thinks.
I saw the director of the NIH (U.S. National Institute of Health) doing an interview and he expounded slightly. Apparently there's a "private company" that has been doing Ebola research and they had previously developed antibodies from primates. The antibodies, however, are copyrighted.
Copyrighting in medicine tends to stand in the way of research. There are certain charities that have virtually unlimited funding to research cancer (for instance). The issue is that those charities reach a point where they need to use a certain gene and that particular gene is copyrighted. That means the only way they can do any research on said gene is with the permission of the copyrighter. At that point, they get denied and that's the end of that. If they continue with the research, they'll end up in court and paying out the nose.
In my opinion, it's always appeared that curing diseases is less profitable than treating them. Isn't it interesting that a "magic serum" arises when an American doctor needs to come back from a place with the worst epidemic of Ebola in modern history? People are writhing in pain on the floors of hospitals with blood oozing out of their orifices literally dying... and he hops out of an ambulance and walks into the hospital. I promise that you will hear his quite healthy voice before this is all said and done.
Reminds me of my friend who has an illness that is terminal in nearly every other human on Earth, but for some reason, he's going to live to be 135 years old...