Corporate Partnership – INBT established the Corporate Partnership Program to create a strong bond between industry and INBT. Corporations in market sectors such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical instrumentation, sensors, microelectronics, advanced materials, and chemical products have significant interests in nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine.

INBT seeks to work with industrial partners –both large established companies and start-ups to transfer Hopkins-created technologies to market for the benefit of humanity. Corporate participation in INBT is vital to ensure that emerging technology moves from laboratory to the marketplace as well as to provide a vehicle for open exchange between Hopkins researchers and students and their counterparts in the private sector.

Our Corporate Partners play a crucial role in helping INBT research teams define objectives and identify barriers to commercialization as well as in creating products for end-users and in the development of techniques for large-scale manufacturing processes.  The Corporate Partnership Program establishes a framework to facilitate interactions with companies interested in a mutually beneficial relationship with INBT.

Primary benefits

  • Facilitated access to more than 200 INBT research groups across the University.
    INBT’s Director of Corporate Partnerships acts as a liaison to facilitate communication and collaboration between Partners and INBT affiliated faculty. Partners are connected to faculty with expertise that aligns with their interests so that collaborative arrangements can be developed.
  • Privileged access to INBT students.
    INBT Corporate Partners can meet students at various functions such as the Annual NanoBio Symposium and poster session, seminars, workshops, and social events. Partners also may access INBT’s student resume database to enhance their recruiting efforts. In addition, we will work to establish internship programs tailored to our Partners specific needs.
  • Exclusive training, networking, and use of facilities.
    Corporate Partners have priority registration for and a discount on the cost of any INBT-sponsored short courses, workshops or seminars. Corporate Partners may arrange to use INBT associated facilities and equipment.
  • Notice of inventions created, discovered or developed by Hopkins researchers.
    Partners have free access to browse a frequently updated database of technology available for licensing or commercialization through the Johns Hopkins Office of Technology Transfer. Corporate Partners may request that INBT notify them of any technologies relevant to areas of particular research interest.

Our Corporate Partners

Collaborative Research Opportunities

In addition to the membership benefits above, INBT affiliates also have the exclusive opportunity to establish enhanced collaborations with Johns Hopkins faculty and students affiliated with the Institute. These include Corporate-Sponsored Graduate Research Fellowships and Corporate Research Contracts which may be tailored to specific requirements and are negotiated as separate agreements. Both offer unique opportunities for our Partners to take advantage of the unique capabilities at INBT and to achieve mutually desirable objectives.


Our Corporate Partnerships are created through a negotiated agreement and the payment of a membership fee based on the number of employees a company has. As a Corporate Partner of INBT, members receive numerous benefits designed to enhance the flow of knowledge and interaction between the company and INBT.

Corporate-Sponsored Graduate Research Fellowships

With a Corporate-Sponsored Graduate Research Fellowship, a Corporate Partner provides gifts of tuition and stipend in support of an INBT affiliated student seeking either pre-doctoral or postdoctoral training. Considered a gift, the fellowship needs to meet minimum guidelines in order to be supportive of INBT’s educational philosophy. The Partner may participate in meeting potential fellowship recipients before the sponsorship is awarded, and may, at the Partner’s option, have ongoing interaction with the sponsored student. In addition, the Partner may negotiate optional research internships with fellows on a case-by-case basis. Any intellectual property generated by the corporate research fellow remains the property of the student and Johns Hopkins University.

Corporate Research Contract

Corporate Research Contracts enable the highest level of interaction between the Partner and INBT faculty. Under this arrangement, Corporate Partners agree to provide funding for a pre-doctoral student or postdoctoral fellow to conduct an exclusive sponsored research project in collaboration with INBT affiliated researchers.

Research programs shall be jointly developed with agreed upon objectives that are mutually beneficial to all parties. Vesting of rights to intellectual property resulting from the research will be subject to the terms established by the Contract.

Collaboration through joint research efforts enables Corporate Partners to participate in the preparation of joint grant proposals. Proposals and invitations for participation can be initiated either by INBT affiliated faculty or by the Corporate Partner and are an outstanding way to leverage resources and to participate in setting research direction.

As part of the Corporate Research Contract, the Corporate Partner will develop tailored internships for the student working on the joint research effort. Such internships will provide a significant learning opportunity for INBT affiliated students. For the Corporate Partner, internship programs allow unparalleled opportunities to evaluate a student as a potential permanent hire.


Tom Fekete
Director of Corporate Partnerships
Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology
(410) 516-8891