Track A

A2 How to Keep Your Sanity While Negotiating and Managing Material Transfer Agreements

Track: Administrative & Operations

Target Audience: All Audiences

Kim Weiderhold, Baylor College

Lisa Chen, Stanford University
Stephanie Kelich, Indiana University
Jean Zwier, Michigan State University

We’ll discuss proactive ways to manage the hundreds of material transfer agreements
(MTAs) exchanged each year between academic and research partners. Different interests and perspectives can lead to different opinions regarding intellectual property and ownership rights, publication, confidentiality, reporting obligations and even the definition of the “materials” themselves. This session will provide an overview of the most heavily negotiated terms and supply examples of effective solutions and alternatives. We’ll also touch on expectation management — from the providers to the labs, which view the prolonged negotiation of challenging MTAs as a barrier to research.

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