Performance Improvement 2009. Can the National Institutes for Health and the Food and Drug Administration Integrate their Intellectual Property Portfolios?


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Technology Transfer, evaluates, protects, markets, licenses, monitors, and manages NIH and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invention portfolios. The large number of inventions and their interdisciplinary nature make extracting and evaluating this information difficult. A proof-of-concept system (for verifying that an idea or technology likely works) was developed for analyzing, synthesizing, and visualizing NIH’s and FDA’s intellectual property portfolios.

The capabilities of the prototype tool developed to analyze and integrate data were significantly greater than capabilities available at the onset of the project. A number of network visualization tools were studied but none were technically adequate. Researchers recommended that the agencies take advantage of existing capabilities, using the advances provided as a result of having the prototype tool in hand.

Report Title: Project Catapult: Data System for Evaluation and Visualization of Relationships between Technologies; Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Bonny Harbinger, 301-594-7700

Performer: Discovery Logic, Inc.
PIC ID: 9044

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