Division of Intramural Research Offices and Administration

Technology Transfer Office

DNA Helix emerging from a test tubeThe mission of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is to build bridges between the NHGRI's research laboratories and the academic, non-profit and private sectors for the benefit of the public health. The TTO carries out this mission by assisting in the transfer of NHGRI-developed technologies to the private sector for further development; it also facilitates the exchange of research materials between NHGRI and outside scientific groups.

Since its founding in the mid-1990s, the TTO has been an integral part of the NHGRI Division of Intramural Research, posting steady annual increases in the number of transactional agreements, conditional gift fund agreements, licenses, and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) executed, as well as logging increases in the number of Employee Invention Reports received in and the number of patent applications filed each year.

The TTO is responsible for the evaluation, patenting, and licensing of novel technologies, biological materials and animal models invented by NHGRI investigators. The TTO is involved in negotiating Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Confidentiality Disclosure Agreements (CDAs) and other legal documents that enable the sharing of materials and resources between NHGRI scientists and third parties. This sharing may range from the transfer of a critical research reagent to the setting up of formal research collaborations.

The TTO handles the negotiation and execution of Clinical Trial Agreements (CTAs) and CRADAs between NHGRI researchers and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. The TTO also provides NHGRI researchers and administrative staff with general advice on copyright, intellectual property, and related technology transfer procedural and policy matters.

Technologies Available for Licensing
NHGRI technologies, inventions and discoveries offered for licensing, including tissue microarrays for rapid molecular profiling, mouse models of inherited disorders and a diverse range of genes. Includes list of current and past licensees.

Technology Transfer Office Resources
Includes links to technologies available for licensing, standard forms and agreements, technology transfer terms, and other technology transfer and government patent office websites.


Claire T. Driscoll
Phone: (301) 594-2235
E-mail: cdriscol@mail.nih.gov

Anna Solowiej, Ph.D., J.D.
Technology Transfer Specialist
Phone: (301) 435-7791
E-mail: anna.solowiej@nih.gov

Eggerton A. Campbell, Ph.D.
Licensing and Patenting Manager
Phone: (301) 402-1648
E-mail: eggerton.campbell@nih.gov

Rebecca Read
Management Analyst
Phone: (301) 443-9426
E-mail: readra@mail.nih.gov

Address for First Class Mail

Technology Transfer Office
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
5635 Fishers Lane, MSC 9307
Bethesda, MD 20892-9307

Phone: (301) 402-2537
Fax: (301) 402-9722

Address for Deliveries (FedEx, UPS, etc.)

Technology Transfer Office
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 3058
Rockville, MD 20852

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Last Updated: October 2, 2015