The Innovation Pillar aims to effectively drive the culture of innovation at Jefferson through efficient business practices regarding invention disclosures, patent prosecution, material transfers, and non-disclosure agreements.

General Inquiries & Communications

For questions or concerns, please e-mail us at We respond to most inquiries within 24 hours during standard business hours.

Idea Disclosure

Have a great idea? If so, tell us more by submitting this form.

Invention Disclosure

An invention disclosure is the notification of an invention created. We work with inventors to create a strategy unique to each invention disclosure.

Patent Prosecution

Jefferson will manage patent prosecution up to national stage filing. External patent attorneys are responsible for providing patent prosecution strategy and opinions on pending cases.

Confidential Disclosure Agreement

The confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), also known as a nondisclosure agreement (NDA), protects the intellectual property of Jefferson. We establish CDAs prior to the disclosure of confidential information between Jefferson and other institutions. It is essential for faculty members and/or inventor candidates to contact us prior to the exchange of such information and to provide any necessary information to fully protect the intellectual property asset.

Material Transfer

A material transfer agreement (MTA) is a legally-binding document that defines and sets forth the conditions for sharing Jefferson's intellectual property and addresses other property rights of the parties, as needed. Terms of an MTA usually include: ownership of the material and of resulting IP; requirements for co-authorship and review prior to publication; and conditions of further distribution of the material.

An MTA is required for any biological materials, chemicals, and devices that are transferred out of Jefferson and is preferred for any such materials transferred into Jefferson.

MTAs may be initiated by submitting a request via the Innovation Agreements Portal here.


Spin-Out & Spin-In Companies

To nurture an entrepreneurial culture, we have established different avenues for creating a new business. Here's how to get started.

Consulting Agreement

A Jefferson employee who wishes to provide work-for-hire, independent contractor consulting services to a third party entity must:

  1. First notify University Counsel and the Innovation team
  2. Describe the scope and nature of the proposed consulting services
  3. Confirm that the proposed services are not related to his/ her ongoing research at Jefferson or similar work for any other entities.

For additional information, please view the Jefferson Conflict of Interest Policy and Industry Relationships Policy (campus-access only).