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Strategic Alliances for Technology Transfer

Image of men shaking hands and woman smiling.The Strategic Alliances branch within the Office of Policy, Communications and Strategic Alliances aims to make it easy for industry and academia to interact and partner with NCATS laboratories and scientists. The branch provides a complete array of services to support NCATS technology development and partnership activities. These services include negotiating standard forms and model agreements between NCATS and outside parties, including universities, pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology companies. These agreements provide for:

  • The exchange of research materials under material transfer agreements (MTAs).
  • Collaborative research conducted under cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs).
  • Clinical studies to determine the safety and efficacy of new agents under clinical trial agreements (CTAs).
  • Exchange of confidential information under confidential disclosure agreements (CDAs).

The Strategic Alliances branch reviews employee discovery and invention reports (EIRs) and makes recommendations to NIH's Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) concerning filing of domestic and foreign patent applications. NIH OTT also assists in licensing all NCATS technologies.

NCATS Inventions Available for Licensing

Inventions made by NCATS employees are owned by the federal government. Patenting and licensing are used to help ensure the technology is fully developed, commercialized and advancing public health. View a list of NCATS patent applications available for licensing.

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For questions about technology transfer and partnerships, email the NCATS Strategic Alliances branch or call 301-217-4679.

Collaboration Opportunities

NCATS seeks Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) partners for two new research and licensing opportunities:

Interested parties must respond prior to March 8, 2013.

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