FLC Webinar: Material Transfer Agreements for Early Career Professionals

March 29, 2022

FLC Webinar: Material Transfer Agreements for Early Career Professionals


Bob Charles JD, LLM, MPH and Samantha Updegraff, JD explore the basics of Material Transfer Agreements and what early career professionals can expect when working on one. This webinar considers Material Transfer Agreements as transfers of resources between Federal labs and non-Federal entities for the purpose of Federal T2. There will be a Question & Answer session after the presentation, where attendees are encouraged to participate.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is a Material Transfer Agreement?
  • Authority issues when dealing with MTAs
  • Items that must be addressed in an MTA


Bob Charles JD, LLM, MPH serves as Chief, Medical Research Law, USAMRDC, with its six designated laboratories and multiple research entities world-wide. From 2002-2011 he was on the Executive Board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) serving as the Chair, Legal Issues Committee. Since 2007 Bob has taught the CRADA Workshop as part of the training for tech transfer professionals at the FLC’s annual meeting. He was the editor of the 2009 Federal Technology Transfer Legislation and Policy (“The Green Book”), and update editor of the FLC ORTA Handbook, A Comprehensive Guide for Office of Research and Technology Applications Personnel. Bob is a retired Army Judge Advocate, having served tours as legal counsel at four major medical centers and at the Army’s Medical Command headquarters.

Samantha Updegraff, JD currently serves as Senior IP/Patent Counsel at Sandia National Laboratories. She has been at Sandia about 6 years. At Sandia, Samantha primarily works on IP and tech transfer matters, including license agreements, CRADA and SPP agreements, non-disclosure agreements, memorandums of understanding and any other tech transfer/IP matters. She also manages a patent portfolio. Prior to Sandia, Samantha worked as a patent attorney at a local law firm in Albuquerque, NM.