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Technology Transfer at NEI

The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is committed to advancing medical research related to eye health and eye disease treatments. The NEI Office of Technology Transfer is responsible for facilitating this commitment by assisting NEI scientists to exchange research materials, disseminate data, and forge scientific partnerships with industry, academia, and nonprofit organizations. As a federal laboratory, NEI has a variety of mechanisms through which it can exchange and advance technologies in cooperation with non-federal entities. The NEI office of Technology Transfer achieves NEI mission by

  • Negotiating technology transfer agreements like Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs), Clinical Trial Agreements (CTAs), or Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) to support NEI research programs
  • Promoting  NEI’s collaborations with academia, industry, nonprofits, and government agencies
  • Protecting NEI’s intellectual property
  • Licensing NEI patented technologies to commercial and non-commercial entities

Below are recent NEI technologies that are available for licensing and co-development

An extensive list of NEI technologies are available at NIH Office of Technology Transfer: Inventions from NEI

If you are interested in collaborating with NEI or licensing any of its technologies, please contact the NEI Office of Technology Transfer at and

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NEI Technology Development Coordinator

Mala Dutta, PhD

NEI Tech Transfer General Information




Last updated: January 25, 2023