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Notice to Readers: National Inventors' Month®, August 2003

August is National Inventors' Month®. In fulfilling CDC's mission to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability, CDC scientists and engineers have invented vaccines to prevent diseases, kits to diagnose infections, and devices to make the workplace safer.

In 1986, Congress passed the Federal Technology Transfer Act to improve the link between the federal laboratories' technology base and U.S. businesses. This law and related legislation authorized federal laboratories to patent and license inventions to businesses and to collaborate with commercial firms on research and development projects. These activities benefit the public by transferring scientific expertise and technology from government laboratories, thereby encouraging the development of improved health-care products and services.

Additional information about CDC inventions, many of which are available for licensing, is available from CDC's Technology Transfer Office at; by telephone, 770-488-8600; or by e-mail,

Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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