Material Transfer Agreements
- Head of Licensing
- Marcus Lucero
- Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation
- (505) 665-6569
The ability to exchange materials freely and without delay is an important part of a healthy scientific laboratory. Los Alamos National Laboratory is committed to making every effort to enable any and all Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) that meet the quality standards of the Laboratory.
An MTA is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible consumable research materials between two organizations, when the recipient intends to use the material for research purposes. Biological materials, such as reagents, cell lines, plasmids, and vectors, are the most frequently transferred materials, but MTAs may also be used for other types of materials, such as chemical compounds.
To execute an MTA successfully, a clear understanding of the mechanics as well as the underlying requirements that drive are our processes are critical. The Los Alamos MTA process is most efficient and responsive when:
- Both sides can use Los Alamos’ standard MTA format;
- Change requests for language or terms are limited and justifiable. While not guaranteed, they are possible but will add a delay in review and approval time;
- Using a template other than a Los Alamos approved MTA template will add a delay in approval time. Use of outside templates will only be considered when Los Alamos is receiving materials under an MTA;
- It is acknowledged that any foreign MTA will take longer to review and execute; and
- We can anticipate that certain Partners have predictable limitations with standard language (state sovereignty, refusal of indemnity) and can be addressed more efficiently if they are raised early in the process.