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Best PracticesChecklist for revising and amending material transfer agreements

Guidelines for reviewing a MTA as used by KU Leuven Research & Development, the TTO of the KU Leuven (Belgium).

Best PracticesMRC ethics series on Human Tissue and Biological Samples for Use in Research: Operational and Ethical Guidelines

This document is part of the MRC’s Ethics Series and sets out the MRC’s expectations for MRC Units and Institutes and MRC grant holders with respect to the use of human biological samples in research.

Best PracticesLife Science licenses: The good, the bad, and the ugly

This presentation by Jeff Pootolal gives a comprehensive overview of important elements to consider when negotiating and drafting a license agreement.

Best PracticesRoyalty Monetization Primer, Current Trends, and Best Practices

In this presentation Jeff Pootolal explains what royalty monetization is,  how it works and why  academic institutes should consider monetizing their future royalty income.

Best PracticesGuidelines for the Licensing of Genetic Inventions

These OECD Guidelines on the management, exploitation and licensing of intellectual property rights on innovations within the field of human medical genetics seek to foster the objectives of stimulating genetic research and development while maintaining appropriate access to health products and services.

Best PracticesGuidelines for Human Biobanks and Genetic Research Databases

This OECD recommendation provides guidelines for the establishment, management, governance, operation, access, use and discontinuation of Human Biobanks and Genetic Research Databases.

Best PracticesUniform Biological Materials Transfer Agreement (UBMTA) and Simple Letter Agreement for the Transfer of Non-Proprietary Biological Material

NIH developed two template agreements, which facilitate the exchange of materials between not-for-profit institutions

Success storiesWhen a virus creates jobs

In 2001 virologists in Rotterdam, The Netherlands discovered a new virus that causes serious respiratory illnesses mainly in young children. The discovery was the beginning of a successful company that enabled the development and production of a range of diagnostic products. This led to substantial job creation and made a positive contribution to public health.

Success storiesExpanding views with 3D microscopes

When scientists from the Belgian Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) met technology transfer professionals, they could not foresee how only a couple of years later they would be heading a firm developing and selling a full range of microscopes based on digital holography. The basic technology was developed at the university, the applications by the spin-off company Ovizio.

Success storiesProlonging the life of cancer patients

For decades, research teams have been looking for ways to treat cancer. A pioneer in this field, Professor Axel Ullrich, developed Sutent, a drug that prolongs the lives of cancer patients by blocking the blood supply to the tumour. This drug originated in the laboratories of the Max Planck Institute and has become a blockbuster for Pfizer Oncology.

Best PracticesUNICO Practical Guide on Material Transfer Agreements

As indicated in the title the UNICO guidebook on material transfer agreements is a hands on guide for drafting, interpreting and negotiating these agreements. 

Best PracticesMaterial Transfer Agreement Forms

The Research and Innovation Services of the University of Dundee has developed incoming and outgoing (Material Transfer Agreements) MTA forms that researchers need to fill out in order to make sure that the technology transfer services are well informed when processing MTA's.

Best PracticesBest Practices for Biospecimen resources

An appropriate management and sharing of human specimens is an essential but challenging aspect of knowledge transfer in health. The National Cancer Institute has developed this Best Practices document providing a framework for the responsible collection and sharing of human material.

Success storiesSuper broccoli with cancer-fighting nutrients

Many people know that broccoli is a healthy vegetable. Thanks to British scientists, a healthier variety of broccoli is available in the the United Kingdom and the United States. This broccoli contains up to three times more of the nutrient glucoraphanin than normal broccoli. Scientific studies indicate that this nutrient may offer protection against cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Success storiesBetter speech recognition with cochlear implants

Cochlear implants greatly improve the quality of life for severely hearing-impaired people. However, understanding speech in noisy conditions remains a challenge. Scientists from the University of Leuven in Belgium and market leader Cochlear are developing software that improves signal processing in cochlear implants, enabling better speech recognition.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for 
research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 305128
  ENTENTE is supported by the European Commission and coordinated by Inserm-Transfert SA