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59 MDW/ST ORTA is your “one stop shop” for clinical research technology transfer (T2) assistance. We support translation of clinical research into practice, facilitate clinical researchers’ collaborations with industry and academia, and enable 59 MDW Primary Investigators to reap benefits from research investments. T2 is the exchange of knowledge, expertise, facilities, equipment, personnel, methods, technical information and/or intellectual property.

Why T2:

  • Leverages nation’s investment in mission focused R & D
  • Assists and expands economic development and the commercialization of new products and services
  • Includes the traditional concept of patents and licensing as well as other ways to convey knowledge to the private sector
  • Links federal laboratory expertise with the marketplace

How to Get Started

  • Contact the ORTA for a checklist
  • Complete the checklist
  • Answer queries in a timely manner
  • Be patient with the process

What Else Do We Do

  • Intellectual Property Assistance
  • MOU/MOA Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements


T2 Process:

  • Draft the Agreement
  • Review for Legal Sufficiency
  • Conduct Collaboration Review
  • Execute the Agreement
  • Enter into Defense Technology Transfer Information System (DTTIS)

Most Common T2 Mechanisms:

  • Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between government and university or company to conduct research together
  • Material Transfer Agreement (Special CRADA-MTA)  permits exchange of material/specimens for test evaluation and research data
  • License Agreement (LA)  allows use of patented and other protected technology

Who Can Collaborate:

  • Private Businesses
  • State of Local Government Agencies
  • Public or Private Foundations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Academia

What Can Be Transferred:

  • Personnel
  • Facilities
  • Equipment
  • Data
  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Funds (Government Cannot Provide Funds)

How to Contact Us

59 MDW Mailbox 59 MDW ST Technology Transfer Office




US Patent & Trade Office (USPTO):  http://www.uspto.gov/

Google Patent Search:  http://www.google.com/?tbm=pts

TechLink: https://techlinkcenter.org/

DoD Tech Match:  https://dodtechmatch.com/

Federal Laboratory Consortium:  https://federallabs.org/

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