The CDC Wins FLC Excellence in Technology Transfer Award

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken home an award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the 2021 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) awards. The FLC gave out 33 awards across nine different technology transfer categories, in addition to a COVID-19 Response award. The FLC supports federal laboratories, agencies, and research centers by encouraging commercialization best practices and creating opportunities to move federal technologies from the labs and into the marketplace and each year rewards the technology transfer work that makes the largest impact.

The CDC developed a trap to monitor and control mosquito populations without using pesticides. The trap is made of a 5-gallon bucket that attracts mosquitoes by using water and an organic hay attractant. The mosquitoes become trapped in a nontoxic, sticky glue adhesive. The tool is designed to control the population of mosquitoes to help decrease the spread of Zika, dengue, and other viruses. This trap is inexpensive, non-toxic, and requires no power to use. It was successful in its field trials at both reducing the mosquito population and the rate of infection in the community. For the CDC’s work on “Trap to Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue and Other Viruses” they were awarded the Excellence in Technology Transfer award.

Technologies available to license from the CDC can be found here.