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Human Genome News, July 1991; 3(2)

NTIS Offers Technology Transfer Information

The 1991 Catalog of Products and Services of the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, lists a number of resources and publications designed to aid the transfer of technology from federal laboratories to the private sector. Selected catalog listings related to technology transfer are excerpted below.

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  • Information: 703/487-4780.
  • Sales desk: 800/553-6847 or 703/487-4800.
  • Periodicals subscriptions: 703/487-4630; other items: 703/487-4650.

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Federal Research in Progress (FEDRIP) Database

The FEDRIP Database summarizes 120,000 current U.S. government-funded research projects, allowing determination of progress in specific areas before publication in technical reports or journals. Database content focuses on health, physical sciences, agriculture, engineering, and life sciences information from ten different government departments and agencies, including DOE.

FEDRIP may be searched through DIALOG, 1/800/334-2564. Batch searching and selective dissemination of information services are available through NERAC, Inc., 203/872-7000. Free search guide (Booklet PR-847/817): 703/487-4650.


Emerging Technologies: A Survey of Technical and Economic Opportunities, prepared by the Technology Administration of the Department of Commerce, identifies 12 technologies offering market potential in 4 commercial areas that are expected to create markets for an estimated $1 trillion in sales by the year 2000. The four areas are life sciences applications, advanced materials, electronics and information systems, and manufacturing systems. The report also lists actions that might be taken by U.S. industry and government to spur commercial development of these technologies. 62 pp. $17. Order No. PB90-216557CAU.

Science and Technology Resources in U.S. Industry, a book compiled by the National Science Foundation, explores and summarizes American industrial science and technology resources in terms of two important parameters of innovation: R&D activities and employment and use of scientists, engineers, and technicians. This report examines how a country's competitive position will be largely determined by the quality of its investment in human and capital scientific and technological resources. 111 pp. $23. Order No. PB90-107194CAU.

Center for the Utilization of Federal Technology (CUFT)

CUFT publications inform U.S. industry of federal laboratory inventions and technologies that have commercial potential or are at a breakthrough stage. Most of these inventions may be licensed through CUFT, which offers exclusive, coexclusive, and nonexclusive licenses, depending upon the technology and market conditions. For more information about licensing, call CUFT at 703/487-4738. Publications may be ordered from NTIS.

The weekly Government Inventions for Licensing Abstract Newsletter describes new inventions produced in federal laboratories, many of which offer business opportunities and require little development before they are ready to market. Annual index. $235 per year; $340 outside the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The annual Catalog of Government Inventions Available for Licensing includes more than 1000 inventions in 43 subject areas. Provided are a detailed summary of each item, information on the inventor and on obtaining background material, and subject and inventor indexes. 1990 catalog, $54. Order No. PB91-100206CAU. Issues from previous years are available.

Monthly issues of the NTIS Tech Notes contain 100 selected fact sheets on the latest and best U.S. government-developed technologies and know-how provided by federal laboratories run by DOE, the Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Institute of Standards and Technology. Focusing on the most practical results, Tech Notes provides concise, illustrated announcements describing new processes, instruments, materials, equipment, software, services, and techniques, as well as contact addresses and telephone numbers. Subscribers receive a free copy of the annual Federal Laboratory Technology Catalog, described below. $175 per year.

Summarizing the material in NTIS Tech Notes, the Federal Laboratory Technology Catalog describes more than 1000 processes, instruments, materials, equipment, software, services, and techniques. Contact information and subject index provided. 1990 Catalog, $42 for nonsubscribers to NTIS Tech Notes. Order No. PB91-100198CAU. Issues from previous years are available.

The 1990/91 Directory of Federal Laboratory and Technology Resources is a guide to hundreds of federal laboratories willing to share their expertise, equipment-and sometimes even their facilities-to aid U.S. research efforts. It contains detailed summaries, addresses, and telephone numbers of 1100 resources; descriptions of 90 technical information centers; a complete list of the more than 300 federal laboratory technology transfer offices; a contact name, address, and telephone number for each entry; and indexes by subject, state, federal laboratory, and agency. $59.95. Order No. PB90-104480CAU.


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