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Mission & Role

The mission of the National Institutes of Health is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. As one of 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH, the NCI leads, conducts, and supports cancer research across the nation to advance scientific knowledge and help all people live longer, healthier lives. 

The NCI TTC serves as the focal point for implementing the Federal Technology Transfer Act to utilize patents as incentive for commercial development of technologies and to establish research collaborations and licensing among academia, federal laboratories, non-profit organizations, and industry. The TTC supports technology development activities for the National Cancer Institute and nine other NIH Institutes and Centers. TTC staff negotiate co-development agreements and licenses with universities, non-profit organizations, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to ensure compliance with Federal statutes, regulations and the policies of the National Institutes of Health. TTC also reviews employee invention reports and makes recommendations concerning filing of domestic and foreign patent applications.

  • Negotiate transactional agreements with outside parties, including universities, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to ensure compliance with Federal statutes, regulations and the policies of the National Institutes of Health and to facilitate commercialization efforts to benefit public health.
  • Review employee invention reports concerning filing of domestic and foreign patent applications.
  • Serve as the focal point for implementation of the Federal Technology Transfer Act by utilizing patents as incentive for commercial development of technologies and establishing collaborations among academia, federal laboratories, and industry
  • Provide guidance to intramural and extramural scientists on all technology transfer matters
  • Provide advice, guidance, and assistance on the development and management of intellectual property
  • Propose and implement innovative development strategies and academic and industry partnerships for NCI technologies, as well as for those from Institutes and Centers served by TTC.
  • Serve as liaison with individuals, committees, and organizations within and outside the Federal Government who are interested or involved in matters relating to technology transfer.
  • Guidance on handling extramural inventions for which the grantee has declined title
  • Negotiation of co-development agreements, including CRADAs, MTAs, CTAs, and CDAs
  • Review, track and report on all active cases
  • Review, track and report on patent licenses and royalties
  • Train Intramural Research Program staff in matters of technology transfer related to their official duties
  • Serve as liaison to allied offices, such as the NIH Office of General Counsel
Because the NIH is a Federal government entity, it cannot commercialize or manufacture its discoveries. The Technology Transfer Center's Invention Development and Marketing Unit works proactively to facilitate partnerships with outside organizations so that these new technologies can reach the public.
Updated
Wednesday, September 6, 2017