From its beginning, NCAUR has worked directly with industry to achieve results of global significance, starting with the method for the mass production of penicillin. The commitment to commercializing new technology continues today. The process is facilitated through a variety of relationships using patent licensing and specialized agreements to protect the intellectual property of those involved, such as Confidentiality Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), and others. More information
This design provides a product development and production area within NCAUR capable of functioning as a business incubator and providing added value to private sector collaborations.
Additionally, legislative authority was obtained allowing materials produced in the pilot plant to be sold by the collaborator in order to prove market concept. This unique authority for USDA-ARS laboratories to operate pilot plants and sell products produced in them was included in the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998.
Could NCAUR research be directed toward helping you resolve your technology challenges? Production efficiencies, reduced costs, added value, new products - even new industries have resulted from collaborations with NCAUR. It Might Be Your Turn. Contact us!