The strengths of academic research are the ability to pioneer new, promising technologies and the wealth of biological systems and knowledge. The strengths of the private sector are access to substantial resources and expertise for developing prototype technologies to full maturity, the channels to distribute and support reagents, software tools, instrumentation, etc., and the capacity to train scientists in the expert use of new technologies. The Moritz Lab implements diverse mechanisms to transfer, disseminate, commercialize technology and results, and to protect intellectual property generated by the lab.

Non-commercial technology and data dissemination and data sharing. The Center is committed to fostering open communication and reducing barriers to the conduct of collaborative research within the project. Our goals are to make certain that there is maximum leverage gained by the participants of the Center and by the scientific community in general. Distribution of reagents and other physical entities to the not-for-profit research community will be done under terms of a general MTA that contains the elements that are commonly accepted in the community. Distribution of materials to the for-profit sector is not generally envisaged. However, they will have equal access to the public parts of the Center website and databases.

Protocols: Protocols developed by the technology development activities of the Center will be made available through publication and through this website on an ongoing basis.

Software tools: The development of software tools for the analysis and organization of proteome-related data is supported by the NHLBI. A description of tools and their current status will be posted as they are developed and become available. Software tools developed in the context of the Center are treated like other “results”; they will be published and potential IP will be secured. After that, the tools will be made generally be made available through this website.

Proteomics Standards: Guidelines drafted by scientists, engineeers, and bioinformaticians for preparing, reviewing, and publishing data, primarily generated from MS/MS experiments that deal with the identification of proteins and peptides.

Reagents: Reagents developed by the technology development activities of the Center will be widely distributed to the research community. This will be achieved by several mechanisms. Reagents of general interest requiring technical support will be distributed through commercialization. Selected reagents will be described on this website and sent be available on request.

Databases: Protein data generated in the lab will be organized in the SBEAMS relational database. The first data entry will be a database of human and mouse macrophage proteins.