Robert (Bob) Charles serves as Chief, Medical Research Law at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), with its six designated laboratories and multiple research entities worldwide. From 2002-2011, he served on the FLC Executive Board as Chair of the Legal Issues Committee. Since 2007, Bob has taught the CRADA Workshop at the FLC National Meetings as part of the training for tech transfer professionals. He was the editor of the 2009 Federal Technology Transfer Legislation and Policy (“The Green Book”), and update editor of the FLC ORTA Handbook, A Comprehensive Guide for Office of Research and Technology Applications Personnel.
Bob is a retired Army Judge Advocate, having served tours as legal counsel at four major medical centers and at the Army’s Medical Command headquarters. He was the first editor of the U.S. Army Medical Command Medical Legal Deskbook, and has published numerous articles on medical/legal issues. Bob has won numerous awards, including the prestigious DoD George Linsteadt Technology Transfer Award in 2019.
He has an LLM in Administrative Law from The Judge Advocate General’s School, an MPH from Harvard University, a JD from the University of Utah, and a BS from UC Berkeley.