The Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is Cornell University's technology transfer office. We manage technology for Cornell's Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech, and Cornell AgriTech in Geneva.

Material Transfers with Minimal to No CTL Involvement When Certain Criteria Are Met

 

PI’s Possible Options

  • Cornell has instituted a Shrink-Wrap MTA (“SWMTA”) for Plant Breeders and a SWMTA for all other researchers who are Non-Plant Breeders, including those from Weill Cornell Medical College. Both SWMTA forms function as disclosures and MTAs when certain criteria are met.
  • To streamline the transfer of TRMs to academic institutions and give greater control of such transfer to our researchers, Cornell is a signatory to the Stanford Material Transfer Consortium to enable Cornell researchers to share certain TRMs with researchers in other signatory institutions to the Consortium without the use of a MTA.

 

 

SWMTA Criteria by Type of Material

For record keeping purposes, please send fully signed SWMTAs to CTL at mta-ctl@cornell.edu.

 

 

SWMTAs for Plant Breeders

The SWMTA can be used by a Cornell plant breeder IF AND ONLY IF the TRM you plan to send meets each one of the specific set of criteria as follows:

  • TRM is for evaluation purposes ONLY;
  • No fees or other financial transactions are associated with the transfer of the TRM;
  • TRM was created at Cornell under the supervision of a Cornell investigator who has consented to the transfer;
  • TRM is not a transgenic plant or is derived from a transgenic plant;
  • TRM is not a controlled substance, is not and does not contain a Select Agent as listed in the US National Select Agent Registry1, and does not contain pathogens or other harmful biological agents subject to special guideline procedures;
  • TRM does not contain, in whole or in part, any material(s) that a Cornell investigator received from another party under an agreement (eg. Material Transfer Agreement, Collaborative Research Agreement, Sponsored Research Agreement, Confidentiality Agreement, purchase agreement of research reagent vendors, etc.) that prohibits the redistribution or further transfer of such material(s);
  • TRM has NOT been licensed by Cornell to another party exclusively; and
  • TRM is NOT described in, or is a part of, a previous invention disclosure that Cornell is or will be protecting or has protected under one or more patents or pending patents.

1 US National Select Agent Registry – Researchers may obtain further assistance from Environmental Health and Safety in Ithaca at 607-255-8200 or askehs@cornell.edu and at WCMC at 646-962-7233 or ehs@med.cornell.edu.

 

 

SWMTAs for Researchers who are Non-Plant Breeders (including those from WCMC)

The SWMTA can be used by a Cornell inventor without contacting CTL IF AND ONLY IF the TRM you plan to send meets each one of the specific set of criteria as follows:

  • the recipient organization is a non-profit academic or research institution
  • TRM is for non-commercial, academic or research purposes ONLY;
  • No fees or other financial transactions are associated with the transfer of the TRM;
  • TRM was created at Cornell under the supervision of a Cornell investigator who has consented to the transfer;
  • TRM is not a controlled substance, is not and does not contain a Select Agent as listed in the US National Select Agent Registry1, and does not contain pathogens or other harmful biological agents subject to special guideline procedures;
  • TRM does not contain, in whole or in part, any material(s) that a Cornell investigator received from another party under an agreement (eg. Material Transfer Agreement, Collaborative Research Agreement, Sponsored Research Agreement, Confidentiality Agreement, purchase agreement of research reagent vendors, etc.) that prohibits the redistribution or further transfer of such TRM;
  • TRM has NOT been licensed by Cornell to another party exclusively;
  • TRM is NOT described in, or is a part of, a previous invention disclosure that Cornell is or will be protecting or has protected under one or more patents or pending patents;
  • If the TRM is derived from a patient, all the required IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval and necessary patient consent forms have been properly secured and on record;
  • TRM is not, in whole or in part, a human embryonic stem cell, a human embryonic stem cell line, a human pluripotent stem cell line, or a derivative thereof; and
  • TRM is not to be used in the derivation of human embryonic stem cells, human embryonic stem cell lines, or human pluripotent stem cell lines.

1 US National Select Agent Registry – Researchers may obtain further assistance from Environmental Health and Safety in Ithaca at 607-255-8200 or askehs@cornell.edu and at WCMC at 646-962-7233 or ehs@med.cornell.edu.

 

 

No MTA Option

If the pertinent criteria above are met and the recipient organization is a signee to the Stanford Material Transfer Consortium and the TRM you wish to send:

 

    1. is not and does not contain human material; and
    2. is to be used solely for in vitro research

 

no agreement is needed. Please just document the transfer in your own files.