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AUTM Licensing Activity Survey Now Open
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Licensing and startup activity are strong and continue to play an important role in the economy. The AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2013 reported 818 startup companies were formed, a 16 percent increase over the prior year and 719 new commercial products were created by companies licensing university technology, a 22 percent increase over the previous year. The full FY2013 report is now available — offering insights and trends in technology transfer staffing levels, research expenditures, patenting and licensing activities, startup activity and much more.

The AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2014 is now open for data collection. Deadline to submit data is Monday, April 20. Contact SurveyAdmin@autmsurvey.org if you have not received your invitation to participate.
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Nearly Ready for Market, InvisionHeart Eyes $10 Million Funding Round
Nashville Business Journal
Nearly two years after graduating from accelerator Jumpstart Foundry, InvisionHeart is nearly ready to start selling its product. CEO Josh Nickols said the company's mobile device for real-time electrocardiogram (ECG) transmission has been under FDA review since the fall, and he's expecting approval by mid-summer.
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Ohio University Hands Out Innovation Awards
The Point Pleasant Register
Five regional entrepreneurs and inventors have been named recipients of the 2014 Innovation Awards, which celebrate creativity and innovation in southeastern Ohio. The awards were announced March 31 at Ohio University's Baker Center Ballroom.

TechGROWTH Ohio, a public/private partnership administered by the university's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, hosted the third annual event to recognize outstanding advances in business and technology in the region.

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Grant Gives University of Texas Researcher $2.1 Million to Fight Bacteria
Austin Business Journal
The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy has received a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop molecules that counter antibiotic resistance in Gram-negative bacteria. The award to Walter Fast, the school's associate professor of medicine chemistry, is expected to put Fast and his team on a track that would lead to the possible creation of new drugs to treat bacterial infections.
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Pittsburgh Academic Entrepreneurs Pitch Ideas in Duquesne
Collaborative Event

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Duquesne University professor Patrick Juola has been developing authorship verification technology for more than a decade, and even has a high-profile success story among his achievements. In 2013, he determined that the author of the novel "The Cuckoo's Calling" was none other than Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling, writing under a pseudonym. But he's seeking to perfect his technique, in order to provide better, more certain results in the field of linguistic forensics.
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UCF $750K Grant to Help Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
KnightNews.com
The University of Central Florida is getting about $750,000 in grant money to help grow the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Central Florida, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Monday, March 30, alongside Sen. Bill Nelson. The secretary made the announcement during a press conference at UCF and praised the university for having a comprehensive plan for taking ideas from the research lab to market. UCF was one of 26 institutions to receive a total of $10 million from the department, and one of only two universities to earn both i6 Challenge and Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds.
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AUTM NEWS


AUTM 2016 Annual Meeting Call for Topics
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Participate in the AUTM 2016 Annual Meeting by suggesting a 1.5 hour workshop or special interest group. The deadline to submit is Monday, April 13. Submit your topic today.
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The Rockefeller University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Lancaster University are the latest institutions to join Ximbio.

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Registration Now Open: AUTM Aerospace Technologies Partnering Forum
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Join AUTM at Wichita State University for an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities in the aerospace technology sector.

The meeting features a reverse showcase of presentations from industry partners, including highlights of technological areas of interest and best methods for working with aerospace partners. Attendees will also have an opportunity to introduce their institution and showcase their available technologies in the exhibit area.

Short panel sessions and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one networking with industry partners round out the event.

Universities attending
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Georgia Tech Research Corp
  • Kansas State University
  • Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS)
  • The University of North Dakota
  • Wichita State University
Industry partners invited
  • The ABI Group of Companies
  • Airbus
  • B/E Aerospace
  • Bombardier
  • Boeing
  • Dassault
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
  • Spirit Aerosystems
  • Textron Aircraft (Cessna/Beechcraft)
  • United States Air Force
AUTM Aerospace Technologies Partnering Forum
June 9-10
Hosted by Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas, USA

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Registration.

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SAVE THE DATE: AUTM Successful Practices in Small Technology
Transfer Offices

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AUTM's Small Office Course is designed specifically for technology transfer professionals working in small offices. This course will be beneficial to those with an interest in starting a new technology transfer office or who already have an existing small office and would like to grow existing efforts dramatically.

Successful Practices in Small Technology Transfer Offices
July 21-22
The Hilton Nashville Downtown
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Registration Now Open: AUTM Partnering Forum — Animal Health &
Nutrition Technologies

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Join AUTM for a comprehensive discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the animal health and nutrition sectors. Industry partners will showcase technological areas of interest and discuss how to best work with their companies. Short panel sessions of technology transfer topics relevant to the animal health and related industries and plenty of opportunities for networking round out the event.

This event is timed and located with the KC Animal Health Corridor Events and will immediately follow the Animal Health Investment Forum.

Universities attending
  • Auburn University
  • Colorado State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
Industry partners attending
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
  • Ceva
  • Elanco
  • Merck Animal Health
  • Thermo Fisher
  • Zoetis
AUTM Partnering Forum — Animal Health & Nutrition Technologies
Sept. 1-2
Hosted by Kansas State University and Auburn University
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Learn more.
Registration.

Sponsorship opportunities
Sponsorship of the AUTM Partnering Forum underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field. Contact Madhuri Carson by email or by phone at 847-753-5217 to learn more.

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Deadline for RTTP Professional Designation
AUTM
Become an RTTP now! Application forms and eligibility requirements are available online. Deadline for applications is April 23. Read the latest news about ATTP, including the recent addition of ÜSİMP, the technology transfer association for Turkey.
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SAVE THE DATE: AUTM 2015 TOOLS Course
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AUTM's TOOLS Course provides a fundamental understanding of technology transfer and the patent and licensing processes. The critical issues of compliance and using iEdison will be explored, along with finding efficient ways to manage and utilize large volumes of information and data.

Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
Oct. 5-7
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington, USA

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SAVE THE DATE: AUTM Essentials Course
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AUTM's Essentials Course brings participants to a common understanding of the fundamental goals and processes of academic technology transfer. The course builds skills and resources necessary to function effectively at evaluating inventions and negotiating license agreements.

AUTM 2015 Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course
October 5-7
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington, USA

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AUTM Webinars
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AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members.

April 23
Anatomy of a License Agreement
Explore strategies and tactics that can be used to promote cooperative negotiation and tactics commonly used in competitive negotiations.

May 7
New Models for Monetization of Assets — Are NPEs Something of the Past?
This webinar addresses how more than ninety-five percent of U.S. patents do not generate any licensing revenues, even though university technology transfer offices are licensing more than 30-50 percent of their technologies. Presenters explain approaches that can make licensing more efficient.

May 27
Words of Wisdom for Negotiating Non-Standard Material Transfer Agreements
An overview of the most heavily negotiated terms typically found in industry-to-university MTAs. Presenters will discuss expectation management, prolonged negotiations and how to overcome challenging MTAs as a barrier or delay to research.

June 16
Patenting 101
Learn what to expect when receiving incoming industry material transfer agreements and suggested approaches to successful negotiations of terms. Presenters will give examples of effective solutions and alternatives for heavily-negotiated terms, as well as an overview of the U.S. patenting process and what it takes to maintain a U.S. patent once it has issued.

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Arming Teachers With High-Tech Tools: Better World Project Featured Story
AUTM
If Don Jacobs gets his wish, K-12 classrooms soon will be transformed by disruptive and innovative new teaching methods. He also hopes to be part of that change, through his own innovation: Web-based systems that offer teachers a searchable curriculum database, resources and professional development — and certainly through the company he helped establish to commercialize the systems, PLS 3rd Learning.

Read more about this technology and how it came to market at www.betterworldproject.org.

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think ASIA, think HONG KONG
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
To promote Hong Kong as Asia's central business district, the first stop for overseas companies entering the Asian market, and the global gateway to China, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has organized "think ASIA, think HONG KONG." The event will be help

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PRESS RELEASES

New University Initiative Brings Together Medicine, Entrepreneurship
(The University of Texas at Dallas)

New Grant to Help Pitt Further Commercialization Efforts
(Pittsburgh Business Times)

3 Tech Startups Get Growing with Help From BFTP/CNP
(Keystone Edge)


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