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Project Catapult: Data System for Evaluation and Visualization of Relationships Between Technologies

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Executive Summary

The NIH Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) evaluates, protects, markets, licenses, monitors, and manages the wide range of NIH and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inventions. The sheer volume of inventions, combined with the interdisciplinary nature of work at the NIH and FDA make it difficult for the technology licensing specialists at OTT to extract the disparate information residing in OTT's proprietary information tracking system (TechTracS) or to evaluate its potential. Synapse, the data system underlying Project Catapult, was created to research and visualize relationships between technologies, patents, and the marketplace. The Project Catapult prototype was released in August 2007, and integrated with TechTracS in July 2008.

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