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U.S.-Japan Collaboration 

NIAID has served as the Secretariat of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program since 1968. Read more about this longstanding bilateral partnership.

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Technology Transfer Collaborations

photo of a nurse vaccinating a child
The FluMist vaccine was developed and commercialized through a partnership between NIAID and Aviron/MedImmune. Credit: MedImmune

NIAID constantly pursues collaborative relationships to develop and commercialize discoveries made in its intramural laboratories. Several public health interventions, including the first licensed hepatitis A vaccine, the first rapid diagnostic test for malaria, and the only preventative therapy for respiratory syncytial virus, were developed through collaborations between NIAID investigators and the broader scientific community. NIAID uses a variety of tools to transfer and develop technologies through these partnerships, including the following:

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) memorialize partnerships between the government and industry on research and development projects of mutual interest. Each party brings to the partnership complementary assets, including funds, intellectual property, scientific and technical capabilities, and other expertise, to achieve project goals. CRADAs provide incentives to accelerate the commercialization of innovations arising from research conducted by NIAID and by industry.

  • Biological materials licenses grant companies the right to make, use, and/or sell commercially useful biological materials invented in NIAID laboratories. This type of license typically is nonexclusive and facilitates the commercialization of biological materials for which patent protection cannot or will not be obtained.

NIAID currently has several licensing and collaboration opportunities available. For more information, visit Technology Development.

Last Updated September 21, 2011

Last Reviewed October 18, 2010