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Mission and Role

Technology Transfer Center (TTC) provides a complete array of services to support the National Cancer Institute's technology development activities. To ensure that these activities comport with Federal statutes, regulations and the policies of the National Institutes of Health, a large part of TTC's responsibilities includes the day-to-day negotiations of transactional agreements between the NCI and outside parties, including universities, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. These agreements provide for:

  1. The exchange of research materials under the Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs);
  2. Collaborative research conducted under cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs);
  3. Clinical studies to determine the safety and efficacy of new agents and devices under clinical trial agreements (CTAs); and
  4. Exchange of confidential information under confidential disclosure agreements (CDAs).

TTC also reviews employee invention reports and makes recommendations to the NIH's Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) concerning filing of domestic and foreign patent applications. The NCI TTC staff participates in meetings, discussions and conferences, as appropriate, to stay apprised of and monitor the scientists' needs.

In addition, the NCI TTC staff negotiate and secure execution of license agreements for information technology products under authority of the National Cancer Act. The TTC conducts trademark registration and licensing for the Public Health Service.

See Also:

  • Building Successful Research Partnerships
    This brochure describes how your lab can benefit from collaborative research and working with with TTC.
  • Overview of Technology Development
    This brochure gives an informative look into what Technology Transfer is. Bruce Goldstein, a registered patent attorney, writes about the benefits of appropriate use of technology development tools.
    (Note: This link will transfer you to the Resources section of the site.)
Page Last Updated: 12-02-2008