How to Work with WHOI


Through licensing of intellectual property, WHOI and the Office for Technology Transfer strive to maximize the benefit to society and enhance the research and education mission of the Institution. Practices are consistent with the 9 points of licensing, developed by representatives of the Association of Medical Colleges. 
» Read more about the 9 points of licensing

Material Transfer Agreements

WHOI and the Office for Technology Transfer have endorsed a policy regarding the distribution of tangible research materials. This policy encourages faculty and others to provide materials with no additional paperwork when they distribute materials as part of a sponsored research agreement or to their colleagues in academia and non-profit institutions.

If a WHOI researcher plans to send materials to an industry or academic colleague, OTT can help provide either:

  1. An MTA that restricts use of the materials to research or evaluation purposes only. This document should be signed by an authorized official of the company and by WHOI; or
  2. A license agreement for commercialization of the materials.

Technology Transfer Process at WHOI

At WHOI, we have a distinct process for how we conduct technology transfer activities and commercialization. Please view the process here:
» View the technology transfer process at a glance

Bayh-Dole Act

The Bayh-Dole Act  is a legal framework for the transfer of university generated, federally funded inventions to the commercial market. The Bayh-Dole Act and subsequent amendments provide the basis for current university technology transfer practices.