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ARS, Industry Partnerships Yield Innovations
for Consumers, Farmers By
Rosalie Marion Bliss
June 23, 2003
As a leader in federal technology transfer, the
Agricultural Research Service's Office of
Technology Transfer (OTT) is aggressively
seeking partnerships with a variety of industrial groups to bring
government-based R&D into the mainstream to directly benefit American
consumers and farmers.
This week, several top-level ARS scientists will be highlighting
public-private partnerships during the
BIO 2003 Annual Convention in
Washington, D.C. BIO 2003 is sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, based in
Washington. BIO 2003 will host about 200 sessions and symposiums from today
through June 25 at the Washington
Richard J. Brenner, ARS deputy assistant administrator for OTT,
will address issues involved in ARS Cooperative Research and Development
Agreements (CRADAs) during a session entitled "Working With Federal
Laboratories: Truth Versus Myth." ARS, the chief scientific research agency of
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has
entered into 1,147 CRADAs aimed at commercializing innovative agricultural
Phyllis Johnson, director of the ARS Henry A. Wallace Beltsville
(Md.) Agricultural Research Center (BARC), will chair a session entitled
"Agricultural Biotechnology for Development: Models for Engaging the Private
Sector." ARS Acting Associate Deputy Administrator Joseph Spence and BARC's
Vegetable Laboratory leader,
Autar Mattoo, will speak about integrating nutritional crops and human health
during the session, "Functional Foods: Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?"
OTT also has launched a new page on its web site that lists a
variety of newly
available partnering opportunities with ARS.
One recent ARS CRADA enables personal computer and laptop users
to download, free of charge, a user-friendly, searchable version of ARS'
premier nutrient database of 6,000-plus food items. (details)
Partnerships now are being sought to develop gluten-free food
products for grain-sensitive consumers, and to market new software to help
farmers pre-analyze economic and environmental outcomes of various management
options, among others.
Private companies that enter into CRADAs are allowed the first
right to license inventions that emerge during the course of such agreements.
An informative, downloadable
describing a variety of ARS partnership structures is available.