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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Partners with Federal Technology Transfer Agency

PITTSBURGH, February 4, 2002 — University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) at Wheeling Jesuit University. Both organizations have agreed to work together to enhance regional economic growth through the commercialization of products and technologies that result from medical research. This is the first such partnership between the federally funded organization and an academically based integrated health care system.

Congress created NTTC in 1989 to provide American companies and individuals with access to federal research and development so that they are better able to compete in the international marketplace. To that end, NTTC assists federal agencies, universities, and industry in identifying commercially promising discoveries and links them with U.S. development partners. NTTC also provides training and support to technology management, and its database is the world’s largest repository of federal research information.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, is one of the country’s leading integrated health care delivery systems and the University of Pittsburgh ranks among the top ten in terms of federal funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A UPMC priority is to efficiently turn the results of medical research into products and technologies that will improve the nation’s health and stimulate economic growth.

"We are pleased to partner with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center," said Joseph Allen, NTTC president. "By combining our resources with UPMC’s world-class clinical and research capacities, we hope to link UPMC with our federal and industrial clients and together develop commercially promising technologies."

"In partnership with NTTC, we will proactively identify promising technologies which can be further developed and commercialized to accelerate the rate of economic development throughout the tri-state region," stated Scott Lammie, executive vice president, Diversified Services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "Linking with NTTC clients such as NASA, EPA and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs on potential R&D endeavors will greatly enhance our research and commercial development agenda."

NTTC has developed a national reputation for helping federal agencies, universities and industry organize research portfolios, assess intellectual property for commercial potential, analyze market conditions and identifying possible commercial partners.

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