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Can Team Mentoring Turn Researchers Into Entrepreneurs?
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A problematic concern in the technology transfer industry is that researchers are so acutely focused on their technologies that they lack insight into what it takes to successfully move forward with commercialization. That's where programs like Chicago Innovation Mentors come in. It's just one of a second generation of team mentoring programs based on the model used by the renowned MIT Venture Mentoring Service. More

University of Michigan Tech Transfer Office Reports Record Number of New Inventions    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
University of Michigan's Office of Tech Transfer reported that 368 new inventions were reported in fiscal year 2012, comfortably eclipsing last year's then-record total of 332. Spinning inventions off into companies has been a point of emphasis for the university for the past decade, with 98 new startup companies using technologies that were first developed in their academic setting. More

Building a Generation of Sustainability Mavericks Because We Can, or Because We Have To
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For many young people, entrepreneurship can become the bridge between science education and application of product solutions to global problems. The sooner teens are able to learn the key strategies of innovation, prototyping and commercialization the sooner they will have the ability to solve problems for their community. The "cool" factor of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) really shines through when harnessed to develop sustainable solutions for global problems. More

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c2renew Licenses Production Technology for Performance-driven Biocomposite Materials
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A technology developed at North Dakota State University, Fargo, creates performance-driven biocomposite materials by incorporating agricultural by-products into plastics for a wide range of engineering applications. The technology has led to a new startup company set to serve a spectrum of markets. c2renew corp., a startup company based in Colfax, N.D., announced that it has concluded a license agreement with the NDSU Research Foundation for the green technology. More

University of Minnesota Developing Home-grown Diesel Alternative
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Minnesota pulp mills could meet 10 percent of the state's diesel fuel needs with a clean-burning, renewable alternative that University of Minnesota researchers are developing. The work involving the substitute dimethyl ether (DME), is in early stages, but has received backing from big-name industry partners and has generated several patent applications on DME-related fuel systems. More

Vaxxas Entices Merck to Try Needle-free Vaccine Technique
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Scientists have been trying for a long time to deliver vaccines without needles. Now Merck is exploring a technology from the University of Queensland in Australia that addresses this challenge. Merck has agreed to pay an upfront fee, and additional research funding to test Nanopatch technology. Financial terms aren't being disclosed, but as part of the deal, Merck has also gotten an exclusive license to use the technology to help develop an undisclosed vaccine candidate in the Merck pipeline. More

Charter Fellows: Call for Nominations
Nominate your distinguished faculty inventors as Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. NAI Fellow status is intended for outstanding faculty, at the level of National Medal winners, members of National Academies, etc. The Fellows Selection Committee includes a Nobel Laureate, two National Medal recipients, senior officials from the USPTO, AAAS, AUTM…
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Extended Registration for AUTM 2012 Leadership Forum
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The registration deadline for the AUTM 2012 Leadership Forum has been extended to Oct. 25. This is your chance to connect with other university leaders and your industry colleagues to discuss taking leadership roles in accelerating commercialization. Nov. 13-14, The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa, CA USA. Extended Registration Deadline: Oct. 25. Register online now. Registering by mail or fax? Download a registration form.

Join AUTM in Napa for the 2012 Western Region Meeting
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Join other AUTM Western Region members for an exciting program of educational and networking events designed to provide insights for experienced and new technology transfer professionals. The Western Region Meeting immediately follows the AUTM Leadership Forum held Nov. 13-14 in the same location. Attend both events to maximize networking opportunities. Nov. 15-16, The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa, CA USA. Registration Deadline: Oct. 25. Learn more here.

AUTM 2013 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition Accepting Applications
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Application Deadline: Nov. 12
AUTM seeks academic and research institution-affiliated startup companies to participate in the AUTM 2013 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition, taking place March 1 during the AUTM Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. A forum for academic-affiliated startups to pitch their business opportunity to a panel of seasoned venture investors, the competition provides valuable experience and feedback to participants — plus a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize! Applications are due Monday, Nov. 12. Learn more and apply online today.

It's Time to Renew Your AUTM Membership
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Demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning and secure your affiliation with the world's premier academic technology transfer community by renewing your AUTM membership for 2013.

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If you’re planning to attend the AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting, February 27 - March 2, in San Antonio, TX, your membership discount for this meeting alone will more than offset the cost of your membership. Learn more about AUTM’s many member benefits here.

For more information and to renew, visit AUTM online or contact AUTM headquarters at or +1-847-559-0846.

2012 Better World Report Seeks More Technologies
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Next Deadline: Nov. 15
Formerly an annually printed book, the Better World Report is now a Web-based publication that celebrates real-world examples of how academic research benefits humankind. Fresh stories are published each month. The committee is now seeking additional stories to be professionally written and featured in the future. So send your ideas — and help spread the word that technology transfer is advancing discoveries for a better world. To download an application or learn more about the new format and the criteria for inclusion, visit the Better World Project website. The deadline for this phase of submissions is Nov. 15.

Call for 2013 AUTM Volunteer Award Nominations
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Nomination Deadline: Nov. 15
AUTM is soliciting nominations for its Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer Service Awards. Bestowed annually, volunteers awards recognize significant contributions in shaping AUTM and advancing academic technology transfer globally. The nomination process is easy and an excellent way to single out the accomplishments of volunteers that you've worked with or encountered in 2012. Just complete a nomination form and email it to AUTM by Nov. 15.

Innovation Hub Reports 85 Jobs and $7.2 Million in Private Investment in 10 Months
(University of Florida)

'Invisibility' Could be a Key to Better Electronics
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Pitt Engineers to Design Affordable CO2 Thickener to Augment Oil Extraction
(University of Pittsburgh)


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