News | Jul 9, 2019

Bob Charles, Army’s chief of medical research law, wins top tech transfer award

Mr. Bob Charles smiles as he is called to the front of the ballroom to receive the Department of Defense’s 2019 George Linsteadt Technology Transfer Achievement Award at the department's annual tech transfer workshop in Pittsburgh on July 9, 2019.

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PITTSBURGH – Robert ‘Bob’ Charles has been named the winner of the Department of Defense’s 2019 George Linsteadt Technology Transfer Achievement Award.

Charles has championed legal innovation at the U.S. Army’s Medical Research and Development Command for 18 years, according to his colleagues, helping accelerate and transfer technology developed within the Army to the benefit of both military and civilian users.

“Mr. Charles sets standards for performing comprehensive, yet timely legal reviews, provides practical business advice, and leads negotiations that continually result in successful cooperative research and development agreements, and license agreements for government-owned patents on medical products,” his award states.

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Mr. Bob Charles, center, poses for a photo with Dr. JihFen Lei, deputy director for research, technology, and laboratories in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, left, and Mr. Dave Appler, head of the technology transfer support office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, after receiving the Department of Defense’s 2019 George Linsteadt Technology Transfer Achievement Award.

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With Charles’ legal expertise, the U.S. Army has partnered with academic and medical organizations, allowing the Army’s research and development capabilities to address global health issues, including Ebola, HIV, malaria, dengue fever, and Zika virus treatments.

He joined the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command in Fort Detrick, Maryland, in 2001 after a 20-year active duty career as a U.S. Army judge advocate. He is universally recognized as the DoD-wide expert in technology transfer and medical law.

The honor was given to Charles at the annual DoD technology transfer training workshop by the Dr. JihFen Lei, deputy director for research, technology, and laboratories in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

Hundreds of representatives from the Army, Navy, and Air Force research laboratories applauded Charles as he received the award.

“I’m a wonderfully blessed person. I get to work five days a week and some long hours on something I’m passionate about and gives me great satisfaction, Charles said in his acceptance speech.

“We do so much that can help the cause of the warfighter…it takes a team, and I’ve been blessed with great team members for 18 years while I’ve been at Fort Detrick. We have a great spirit of helping one another and supporting one another and supporting everyone throughout DoD and the government in this important mission of taking our technologies and moving them out to where they can be bought in the commercial world and often times spinning in technologies so they’re of use to us.”