Congratulations to NWRC Director Dr. Larry Clark for being selected as the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) 2019 Laboratory Director of the Year. This award is presented to a federal laboratory director who has made outstanding contributions in support of technology transfer. Because of the competitiveness and prestige of the award, being selected as a recipient is an honor that recognizes both the excellence of Dr. Clark’s efforts and NWRC’s technology transfer program.
The NWRC is one of more than 300 federal laboratories comprising the FLC. Although relatively small compared to other federal labs, NWRC collaborates on average with 140 unique entities each year. These collaborations have led to nearly 400 intellectual property agreements, including 27 Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), since 2013. Examples of recently patented and licensed NWRC technologies include a wildlife contraceptive, bird repellents, traps for large reptiles, and an automated bait delivery system.
Because wildlife damage management products often have very limited and specialized markets, few private companies are financially willing or able to handle the risks of new product development. NWRC plays a critical role in absorbing these risks by investing in innovative research—sometimes developing the products on its own and sometimes partnering with the private sector. These investments support the creation and diversification of small businesses which, in turn, manufacture and provide products to the Wildlife Services program, state and federal wildlife managers, landowners, agricultural groups, conservation organizations, and others who need them.
“Larry’s enthusiasm and support for technology transfer, involvement with the Federal Laboratory Consortium, and other collaborations have been key to NWRC’s technology transfer success,” states NWRC Technology Transfer Program Manager John Eisemann.
Larry received the award on April 24 at a reception during the annual FLC national meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
For more information, please contact NWRC@usda.gov.