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MOU 225-11-0006


I.  Purpose
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (the Parties) share interests in promoting scientific progress through exchange of scientific capital in Clinical Pharmacology Training and Research Program. Both institutions foresee benefits from the mutual exchange of training and research expertise in clinical pharmacology and translational science. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes the terms for collaboration to promote these shared interests, which can be pursued through a variety of programs including collaborative education and research.
II. Background
FDA is authorized to enforce the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) as amended (21 U.S.C. 301). In fulfilling its responsibilities under the Act, FDA among other things, directs its activities toward promoting and protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of drugs, veterinary products, medical devices and radiological products and the safety and security of foods and cosmetics. To accomplish its mission, FDA must stay abreast of the latest developments in research and also communicate with stakeholders about complex scientific and public health issues. Increased development of research, education and outreach partnerships within the UCSF will greatly contribute to FDA's mission. UCSF's Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, housed within the School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy, has been ranked as one of the top three world universities in the broad subject fields of clinical medicine and pharmacy in the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Through its education, research, and service program, the School of Pharmacy focuses on organization, delivery, and financing by preparing regulatory scientists with the knowledge needed to improve drug development and drug regulatory systems. UCSF is one of the world's leading biomedical research institutions, producing a steady stream of scientific knowledge and clinical achievements. The creation of new knowledge and making such knowledge available in the world of health care (through education and technology transfer) are at the core of the UCSF's mission. Through this training and research program, FDA will gain knowledge of top notch bench science, and through mutual exchange of new knowledge and collaboration, we can effectively translate research findings to the bedside in order to benefit the public health.
III. Substance of Agreement
This MOU forms the basis for development of scientific collaborations, outreach and
educational initiatives and intellectual partnerships between FDA and UCSF. The types of initiatives expected to develop from this MOU include:
1. Advancing student education and matriculation into the health and biomedical
science professions. One of the mechanisms to enroll students/post-doctoral
trainees/residents from UCSF into the joint fellowship program at the FDA is through
the CDER Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellowship
program. Faculty sabbatical may be covered under ORISE if applicable. If
prospective fellows or faculty members enter the program through the ORISE
fellowship program mechanism, the Office of Clinical Pharmacology and USCF will
adhere to the COER ORISE Fellowship rules and regulations. Fellows or faculty
members entering the program must agree to adhere to the term of appointment
which will be outlined in an offer of appointment letter.
2. Opportunities for FDA staff to serve as adjunct faculty or on advisory boards;
3. Opportunities to convene joint meetings for education and research;
4. Research collaborations;
5. Cooperative international initiatives; and
6. Access to unique facilities and equipment for scientific endeavors.
Under this MOU, joint efforts will be undertaken to obtain grants and other extramural funds to support collaborative research and training as permitted under appropriate statutory authority.
Before any specific collaboration is initiated or implemented, the Parties shall identify priorities, topics of mutual interest, and develop separate, written agreements for collaboration and sharing of resources. Where applicable, these agreements shall incorporate by reference this MOU. FDA may enter into a contract, grant or cooperative agreement with UCSF to the extent authorized by law and available appropriations. The terms and conditions of any such awards will be in accordance with applicable federal law and regulations, and shall be negotiated and executed by appropriate representatives of institutions within UCSF and FDA.
IV. General Provisions
1. Rights to any inventions resulting from collaborative research will be determined by
the separate written research agreements governing the effort, based on current U.S.
Government patent regulations and any other applicable statutes and regulations.
2. Institutions within UCSF and FDA may decide to enter into Cooperative Research
and Development Agreements (CRADA) specific to particular collaborative
projects. The terms of such CRADAs will address Intellectual Property rights.
3. Proprietary and/or nonpublic information will not be disclosed under this MOU,
unless such disclosure is governed by appropriate confidentiality disclosure
agreements or to the extent such disclosure is permitted by law.
4. Each Party will comply with the other Party's security procedures and policies
regarding access to and use of facilities. Either Party may restrict or limit access to
its property and facilities at any time and for any reason. DCSF individuals
participating in activities under this MOU on FDA property will comply with all
applicable federal statutes and regulations.
5. It is recognized that from time to time FDA and institutions within UCSF will be
sharing in expenses and may require compensation of either Party by the other. As
research projects are developed, details of how costs are to be shared will be agreed
to in advance under other contractual mechanisms as appropriate and in compliance
with all applicable federal requirements.
V. Resource Obligations
This MOU represents the broad outline of the FDA and UCSF's intent to collaborate in areas of mutual interest. All activities that may be undertaken by this MOU are subject to the availability of personnel, resources, and funds. This MOU does not affect or supersede any existing or future agreements or arrangements among the Parties and does not affect the ability of the Parties to enter other agreements or arrangements related to this MOU.
VI. Liaison Officers
FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is the lead center for this MOU. The individual to whom all inquiries to FDA should be addressed is:
  • Ryan Chatman, Project Specialist
    Food and Drug Administration
    10903 New Hampshire Avenue
    White Oak 21 Room 4509
    Silver Spring, MD 20993
    Tel: 301-796-21061 Fax: 301-796-9907
The individual to whom all inquiries to UCSF should be addressed is:
  • Kathy Giacomini, Ph.D.
    University of California, San Francisco
    Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine
    Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
    1550 4th Street, Room 584
    San Francisco, CA 94143
Each Party may designate new liaisons at any time by notifying the other Party's administrative liaison in writing. If, at any time, an individual designated as a liaison under this agreement becomes unavailable to fulfill those functions, the Parties will name a new liaison within 2 weeks and notify the other Party through the designated administrative liaison.
VII. Term, Termination, and Modification:
This agreement becomes effective upon acceptance by both Parties and will continue in effect for five (5) years. It may be renewed by mutual written agreement of both Parties. It may be modified at any time by mutual written agreement of both Parties. It may be terminated by either Party upon 60-day advance written notice to the other.
VIII. Statutes, Regulations, Rules, and Policies
This MOU and all associated agreements will be subject to the applicable statutes, regulations, rules, and policies under which FDA, UCSF, and the institutions within UCSF operate.
Approved and Accepted
for the Regents of the University of California, San Francisco Campus
Office of Sponsored Research – Contracts and Grants Division
Signed by: John Radkowski
Manager, Award Team
Date: February 18, 2011
Approved and Accepted
for the Food and Drug Administration
Signed by: Janet Woodcock, M.D.
Director, CDER, FDA
Food and Drug Administration
Date: February 14, 2011
Approved and Accepted
for the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy, Dean’s Office
Michael Nordberg
Interim Associate Dean, Administration and Finance
Date: February 16, 2011
Approved and Accepted
for the University of California, San Francisco Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
Date: February 16, 2011