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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

Anna Solowiej, Ph.D., J.D.
Senior Licensing and Patenting Manager.
Phone: (301) 435-7791

Eggerton A. Campbell, Ph.D.
Senior Licensing and Patenting Manager
Phone: (301) 402-1648

Rebecca Read
Management Analyst
Phone: (301) 443-9426

Address for First Class Mail

Technology Transfer Office
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
6700B Rockledge Drive, MSC 6907
Bethesda, MD 20892-6907

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)
6700B Rockledge Drive, Room 3168
Bethesda, MD 20817


Last Updated: November 8, 2018

See Also:

NHGRI Protocol Service Center

On Other Sites:

NIH Office of Technology Transfer

NCI Technology Transfer Branch

Technology Transfer Information Center

National Technology Transfer Center

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

European Patent Office

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Patent Law Blog (Patently-O)