Licensing Policy


The primary mission of PHS laboratories is to pursue new knowledge through the conduct and support of research to improve the health of the American people. Pursuant to the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (Pub. L. No. 96-480) and the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 (Pub. L. No. 99-502), as amended, Federal laboratories, including PHS research laboratories at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were given a statutory mandate to ensure that new inventions in which the U.S. Government obtains an interest are transferred to the private sector and commercialized in an expeditious and efficient manner. Select here to review the PHS Licensing Policy