Use and Misuse of Material Transfer Agreements: Lessons in Proportionality from Research, Repositories, and Litigation

Tania Bubela, Jenilee Guebert, Amrita Mishra

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Abstract

Material transfer agreements exist to facilitate the exchange of materials and associated data between researchers as well as to protect the interests of the researchers and their institutions. But this dual mandate can be a source of frustration for researchers, creating administrative burdens and slowing down collaborations. We argue here that in most cases in pre-competitive research, a simple agreement would suffice; the more complex agreements and mechanisms for their negotiation should be reserved for cases where the risks posed to the institution and the potential commercial value of the research reagents is high.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1002060
JournalPLoS Biology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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