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Project Information

Project Information


Advancing Commercialization from the Federal Laboratories


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee under the auspices of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) will identify and prioritize opportunities to add economic value to U.S. industry through enhanced utilization of intellectual property around digital products created at federal laboratories. Specifically, the committee will (1) examine commercialization of digital products from federally funded R&D at laboratories and extramural awardees; (2) consider issues in the ownership, use, and repurposing of data, and the effect of data use restrictions on the use and analysis of multiple data sets from different sources; (3) examine the current state of commercialization of digital products, including barriers to commercialization of digital products; (4) evaluate approaches for  government-owned, contractor-operator (GOCO) and government-owned, government-operated (GOGO) federal labs to incentivize their researchers and the private sector to commercialize digital products; (5) review open source versus protected proprietary control of digital products and the factors that lead to making a determination of a selected pathway for commercialization; and (6) offer recommendations for improvements regarding these digital products, especially with regard to increasing commercialization and use of these digital products in the private sector. The committee will convene one public workshop and will issue a consensus report at the conclusion of the study.

Status: Current

PIN: PGA-STEP-18-02

Project Duration (months): 24 month(s)

RSO: Cohen, Gail

Topic(s):

Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:
North America

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 11/14/2019

Ruth L. Okediji - (Co-Chair)
Ruth L. Okediji is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center. A renowned scholar in international intellectual property law and a foremost authority on the role of intellectual property in social and economic development, Professor Okediji has advised inter-governmental organizations, regional economic communities, and national governments on a range of matters related to technology, innovation policy, and development. Professor Okediji seved on the National Academies' Committee on the Impact of Copyright Policy on Innovation in the Digital Era (2010–2013). Professor Okediji is a graduate of the University of Jos and Harvard Law School.

Donald Siegel - (Co-Chair)
Donald Siegel is Foundation Professor of Public Policy and Management and director of the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He was a Sloan Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and taught at SUNY-Stony Brook, the University of Nottingham, RPI, where was he was chair of the Economics Department, the University of California-Riverside, where he served as associate dean for graduate studies, and the University at Albany, SUNY, where he served as dean of the School of Business from 2016-2018. Dr. Siegel previously chaired the National Academies’ Committee on Best Practices in National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics (2010–2014) and was a member of the Committee on Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation (SBIR Phase II) from 2009 to 2016. Dr. Siegel received his bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s and doctoral degrees in business economics from Columbia University. In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management.
Margo A. Bagley
Margo A. Bagley is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. She rejoined the Emory faculty in 2016 after a decade at the University of Virginia, School of Law, where she was most recently the Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law. Her scholarship focus includes issues relating to patents, biotechnology, and technology transfer and she helped develop the joint Emory University-Georgia Institute of Technology TI:GER technology commercialization education program. Professor Bagley served on the National Academies’ Committee on University Management of Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue (2008–2011), as well as on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources (2018). She holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and worked in R&D for both the Procter & Gamble Company and the Coca Cola Company. She is a co-inventor on a U.S. patent for reduced-fat peanut butter, and also held research internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, AT& T Bell Laboratories, and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. She received her J.D. in 1996 from Emory University, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow and elected to Order of the Coif, and practiced law with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP and Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP.
Mary B. Campbell
Mary Beth Campbell is Director of Corporate Partnerships at Caltech’s Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships, where she is responsible for developing and implementing Caltech’s industry engagement and research partnership strategies. At Caltech, Dr. Campbell worked with inventors to understand and evaluate the commercial potential of inventions; she has also participated in patent decisions, and formulated and negotiated license agreements with startups and established companies. Prior to joining Caltech, Dr. Campbell was a research staff member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, where she managed a team of researchers to study technology transfer practices at U.S. federal laboratories. Their findings were used to inform policy decisions by federal interagency working groups, and informed the October 2011 Presidential Memorandum on Accelerating Technology Transfer. Prior to working at the institute, Dr. Campbell was a senior acquisition analyst with the Department of Defense, and participated in the creation of a small office to perform analyses around portfolio management, competition within the defense industrial base, and metrics development.

Campbell earned her Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University in 2008 and her B.S. in mathematics from the University of San Francisco in 2003.
Wesley M. Cohen
Wesley M. Cohen is Professor of Economics and Management and the Snow Family Professor of Business Administration in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also holds secondary appointments in Duke’s Department of Economics and School of Law, is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and serves as the faculty director of the Fuqua School’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. With a research focus on the economics of technological change and R&D, Professor Cohen has examined the determinants of innovative activity and performance, considering the roles of firm size, market structure, firm learning, knowledge flows, university research, and the means that firms use to protect their intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents. He served on the National Academies’ Committee on Management of University Intellectual Property (2008–2011), the Panel to Review Research and Development Statistics at the National Science Foundation (2003–2004), and the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy: Phase II (2000–2004). Professor Cohen received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
Mark S. Kamlet
Mark S. Kamlet is University Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Provost Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University, with joint appointments in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. Dr. Kamlet has served on the National Academies’ Committee in Poison Prevention and Control, 2003–2004; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, 2002–2006; and the Committee on Management of University Intellectual Property, 2008–2011. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Kamlet earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Stanford University. He has a master’s in mathematical statistics, a masters in economics, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Arti K. Rai
Arti Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and faculty director of The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke University School of Law, is an internationally recognized expert in intellectual property law, innovation policy, administrative law, and health law. Professor Rai’s current work focuses on the intersection of trade secrecy incentives and explainability in artificial intelligence-enabled health care delivery. From 2009 to 2010, Professor Rai served as the administrator of the Office of External Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Professor Rai has also served on the National Academies’ Committee on Understanding the Global Public Health Implications of Substandard, Falsified, and Counterfeit Medical Products (2012–2013) and on the Committee on Strategies for Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data (2013–2015), in addition to reviewing reports for other committees. Professor Rai graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, with a degree in biochemistry and history (history and science), attended Harvard Medical School for the 1987–1988 academic year, and received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991.
Joel Waldfogel
Joel Waldfogel is associate dean of MBA Programs and the Frederick R. Kappel Chair in Applied Economics, Strategic Management, and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota. His main research interests are industrial organization and law and economics, and he has conducted empirical studies of price advertising, media markets, the operation of differentiated product markets, and issues related to digital products, including piracy, pricing, and revenue sharing. Dr. Waldfogel previously served as a member on the National Academies’ Committee to Improve Research Information and Data on Firearms (2001–2005) and of the Committee on the Impact of Copyright Policy on Innovation in the Digital Era (2010–2013). Dr. Waldfogel received a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
John Wilbanks
John T. Wilbanks is the chief commons officer at Sage Bionetworks, where he works to promote the use of technology to pool medical data, creating a commons where information is integrated and accessible. Mr. Wilbanks is also a Senior Fellow at Faster Cures and Founder at Consent to Research. He co-founded the Access to Research campaign, which resulted in increased accessibility to results of federally funded scientific research, and he started a bioinformatics company called Incellico, which became a part of Selventa in 2003. Mr. Wilbanks serves on the board of directors for Impact Story and the tranSMART Foundation, as well as on the advisory boards for Boundless Learning, Curious, GenoSpace, and Patients Like Me.

Mr. Wilbanks served as a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, was a senior advisor for big data to the National Coordination Office, and has past affiliations with Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Project on Mathematics and Computation, which hosts Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that enables knowledge sharing through free legal tools. He has also worked with Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the World Wide Web Consortium, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Creative Commons. He has numerous publications on data sharing, and a chapter titled "I Have Seen the Paradigm Shift, And It Is Us," in The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery (Microsoft Research, 2009).

Mr. Wilbanks has prior National Academies experience, serving on the Planning Committee for the Workshop on 21st Century Clinical Trials (May – December 2018) and on the Committee on Developing Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards (2011 – 2012). He also has spoken at NAM meetings and events. Mr. Wilbanks received a B.A. in philosophy from Tulane University and studied modern letters at the Sorbonne.

Jetta Wong
Jetta Wong is President of JLW Advising, her consulting practice, where she advises clients on how to bring new clean energy technologies to the market. One of her main clients is the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, a private, non-profit organization that works with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies. Before joining LACI, Ms. Wong established the Office of Technology Transitions for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and served as its first director. She joined DOE in 2012 in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where she worked on clean energy manufacturing and led the office’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative. Before joining DOE, Ms. Wong worked for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where she helped establish and oversee energy and environment programs of the federal government. Ms. Wong holds a MPS in legislative affairs from George Washington University and a B.S. in natural resources and the environment from the University of Michigan.
Gail Cohen - (Staff Officer)

Committee Membership Roster Comments

11/14/2019 -- Committee roster updated to add Mary Beth Campbell and John Wilbanks.

Events



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418

Duke Center
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Suite 500)
Washington DC, DC, 20004
USA

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

2nd Meeting of the Committee on Advancing Commercialization from the Federal Laboratories.

  • Day 1 (5 December) to be held at Duke Center, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Suite 500) Washington DC 20004
  • Day 2 (6 December) to be held at National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW (Room 125) Washington, DC 20418

See agenda for list of open sessions.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Fred Lestina
Contact Email:  flestina@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3286

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

1st Meeting of the Committee on Advancing Commercialization from the Federal Laboratories


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Fred Lestina
Contact Email:  flestina@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3286

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ruth Okediji (Co-Chair)
Don Siegel (Co-Chair)
Margo Bagley
Wesley Cohen
Mark Kamlet
Arti Rai
Joel Waldfogel
and Jetta Wong

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

During the closed session, the committee held a standard background information and conflict of interest discussion, discussed the project statement of task and work plan, and reviewed the open session proceedings.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 14, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

  • Publications having no URL can be seen at the Public Access Records Office
Publications

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