Conditions of Use Statement for Requesting
Phenotyping Tests from the Metabolic Mouse Phenotypic Center Program

The Mouse Metabolic Phenotypic Center Program ("MMPC") has specialized expertise and equipment to provide certain phenotyping tests of mice to researchers. The MMPC has been funded since 2000 by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease ("NIDDK"), and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, of the National Institute of Health ("NHLBI") to be a resource to the community of scientists who use mice to study diabetes, obesity, diabetic complications, and other metabolic diseases identified within NIH’s MMPC Program.
The requesting organization ("Institute") agrees to the following terms in order for the MMPC to provide phenotyping tests to the Institute’s researcher ("Researcher"):

  1. The Researcher, will provide identified mice and/or mouse tissues ("Material") and confidential information and data related to the Material ("Confidential Information") to the MMPC.
  2. The Material and Confidential Information are the property of the Institute. The MMPC will not use the Material or Confidential Information for its own purposes or benefit. The MMPC will not distribute the Material or Confidential Information to other parties.
  3. The Researcher will disclose and transmit the Confidential Information in sufficient detail to enable the MMPC to test and evaluate the Material and Confidential Information. For a period of five (5) years from the date of disclosure of the Confidential Information, the MMPC will not disclose or give the Confidential Information to anyone, except MMPC employees who need the Confidential Information in connection with the evaluation and phenotyping tests. The MMPC will maintain the confidentiality of the Confidential Information by using the same degree of care that the MMPC uses to safeguard its own confidential information. Confidential Information does not include any information that:
    1. is in the public domain or publicly known at the time of disclosure;
    2. becomes part of the public domain or publicly known, not due to any unauthorized act of the MMPC;
    3. is in the possession of or readily available to the MMPC from another source prior to disclosure by the Institute;
    4. is independently developed or acquired by the MMPC without reference to or reliance upon the Confidential Information; or
    5. is required to be disclosed by law.
  4. The MMPC will conduct only the phenotyping tests authorized by the Institute and will provide Researcher with the data obtained from the phenotyping tests ("Data") to the Researcher. The Data will become the Confidential Information of the Institute.
  5. During the course of the evaluation and the phenotyping tests, the MMPC and the Researcher may collaborate agreements for related research. Nothing in this Agreement prevents such collaboration.
  6. All Data generated from the phenotyping tests will be released to a public database on the MMPC website (; and will no longer be Confidential Information either (a) on the date the Data is first published by the Researcher; or (b) two (2) years after the date of release of the Data from the MMPC to the Researcher, whichever is sooner, unless the Researcher requests in writing to the MMPC that the Data not be released to the public database for a longer period of time.
  7. The MMPC will destroy the Material upon completion of the phenotyping tests.
  8. The Researcher will notify the MMPC of all publications and presentations resulting from the use of the phenotyping Data and will acknowledge the NIDDK, NHLBI, and MMPC Program in all presentations and publications resulting from the use of the Data.