Managing Risk in Material Transfers

Questions and concerns to address upfront!

Here is a superb questionnaire posted by the Office of Research Services at the University of Manitoba.

Manitoba mta questionnaire

It’s intended to identify several issues that need to be managed before a research institution accepts tangible, biological materials. In my own experience, it’s easy for busy people who submit or process material transfer agreements (MTAs) to overlook an question like whether the material will be described in a student’s thesis or what other third party materials — and from which sources — might be part of the contemplated research. This approach is just as important and useful at for-profit enterprises as well as academic institutions.

Viva questionnaires like this and also checklists for helping to manage innovation risk and ensure a high quality transaction!

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