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Technology and Innovation

Innovation occurs when ideas are put to use in a manner that improves the way something works – whether that’s a service, process, or product. The Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI) was established within the Office of the Associate Director for Science (OADS) to foster innovative science and support the transition of results into practice by the most effective means.

The Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI)

  • Encourages, fosters, and develops innovative science, technologies, processes and policies that support the CDC/ATSDR
  • Provides leadership, coordination, and support for technology transfer and innovation in CDC science that will enhance the agency's ability to protect and promote the health of the public
  • Supports scientific outreach, training, and collaboration in research and development activities that advance CDC’s mission and engage other agencies, global partners, academia, innovators, and consumers.

There are several functional areas of OTI:

  • The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is responsible for supporting and facilitating technology development and transfer activities for CDC/ATSDR. TTO staff work closely with a variety of partners including NIH's Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), CDC investigators, and outside collaborators to facilitate commercialization efforts to benefit public health.
  • The Innovation Lab (I-Lab) is responsible for promoting and facilitating solutions and new approaches to public health challenges. It promotes the testing and implementation of innovative ideas across the agency through a variety of programs and activities.

To contact the Office of Technology and Innovation call (404) 639-1330 or send an email to

  • Page last reviewed: April 7, 2016
  • Page last updated: May 13, 2016
  • Content source:
    • Office of the Associate Director for Science