University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sharing of Model Organisms


USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCC) will adhere with the NIH guideline for model organism sharing. As projects supported by the Cancer Center Support Grant through developmental funds or usage of the Transgenic/Knockout Mouse Core Facility may result in the development of unique model organism research resources, the NCCC intends to make such resources available to the research community in a timely manner to further research, development, and application. The procedures described below form our approach and plan for model organism research resource sharing. There are two components to this plan: 1) policies and procedures for review of each request; and 2) a mechanism to inform interested individuals of the procedures to request any model organism research resource generated as part of this CCSG.

Policy
Requests for model organism research resource must be made in writing and submitted to the Cancer Center administrative offices. A response to all requests will be forthcoming within 60 days of receipt. The NCCC will utilize its current material transfer agreement (MTA) capabilities and its intellectual property (IP) protection capabilities through the University of Southern California Stevens Institute for Innovation, the office that handles MTA, IP Protection, Patents, and licenses for the University of Southern California (USC). USC will also share these resources through an appropriate license if more formal protection of its IP interests is required. Any reach-through requirements on transferred materials will be addressed within the terms and conditions of USC's MTAs, which follow general U.S. Patent Law principles to govern potential inventorship rights, with ownership following inventorship, and also include general guidelines on good-faith discussions between USC and the recipient of the resources on handling potential subsequent commercial license situations when USC IP is involved. USC will encourage its investigators to reference any developed resources in its publications, presentations and on its internal web postings so that other researchers are aware that such resources are available.

Requests for model organism research resource must be made in writing and submitted to the Cancer Center administrative offices. These requests must include a description of the scientific questions underlying the request and outline potential scientific publications. A response to all requests will be forthcoming within 60 days of receipt.

Postal mail can be sent to: Associate Director for Administration, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1441 Eastlake Ave, Room 8302, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9181