FAQ - Materials Transfer Agreement

  1. What is a Materials Transfer Agreement?
  2. What is the purpose of the Materials Transfer Agreement?
  3. Who executes the MTA?

1. What is a Materials Transfer Agreement?

Sometimes the research and development efforts require acquisition of materials developed or identified by others. Examples of these materials may include but are not limited to biological materials such as cell lines, microorganisms or antibodies, and chemicals. Typically, the transfer of these materials also includes proprietary information. Therefore, a legal document called the Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA) is necessary to be executed between the provider and the recipient.

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2. What is the purpose of the Materials Transfer Agreement?

The primary goals of the MTA are to protect and clarify the intellectual property ownership rights, the obligations of both parties and to address the liability issues.

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3. Who executes the MTA?
An MTA is a legal document and it is executed by a designated institutional representative for each part. For CPP the ORSP is responsible for the execution of the MTA’s.

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