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Meet the NASA Scientist Who's Reinventing the Wheel
Popular Science
Salim Nasser never thought he'd reinvent the wheel. But he's done it, in a sense, for wheelchairs. Nasser, a NASA engineer, inventor and quadriplegic, has created a wheel that could dramatically reduce how much energy a wheelchair user expends moving his or her chair forward. Now Rowheels, the company he cofounded in 2012, hopes to bring the wheel to market later this year. If successful, it should mean more efficient mobility and healthier bodies for users.
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Next Up: Environmentally Safe Electronics That Also Vanish in the Body
University of Illinois
Physicians and environmentalists could soon be using a new class of electronic devices: small, robust and high performance, yet also biocompatible and capable of dissolving completely in water — or in bodily fluids. Researchers at the University of Illinois, in collaboration with Tufts University and Northwestern University, have demonstrated a new type of biodegradable electronics technology that could introduce new design paradigms for medical implants, environmental monitors and consumer devices.
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ATCC serves researchers by characterizing, preserving and distributing biomaterials to the research community. We invite you, our colleagues in the technology transfer and research communities, to partner with us through a master deposit agreement for worldwide distribution of your novel cell lines, bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. AUTM Booth # 401
 


Can We Grow a Stronger-Than-Steel 'Wonder Material' to Save the World?
The Verge
It's stiffer than Kevlar, thinner than paper, and in a few years, it may be mass-produced using only sunlight and water. Scientists in the U.S. announced a new and potentially groundbreaking method for producing nanocellulose — a so-called "wonder material" derived from tree fiber that could be used to create ultra-thin displays, lightweight body armor and a wide range of other products. Their key ingredient? Algae.
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NASA-funded Fusion Rocket Could Shoot Humans to Mars in 30 Days
ExtremeTech
A research group at the University of Washington, funded by NASA, is about to build a fusion-powered rocket. This rocket, if it can be successfully built, could propel a manned spacecraft to Mars in just 30 days — compared to NASA's estimate of four years for a Martian round trip using current technology.
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Will Vertical Turbines Make More of the Wind?
MIT Technology Review
A professor of aeronautical and bioengineering at Caltech, thinks the way to lower the cost of wind power is to use small vertical-axis wind turbines, while using computer models to optimize their arrangement in a wind farm so that each turbine boosts the power output of its neighbors.
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Purdue Shifts Paradigms on Innovation, Commercialization
Lafayette Journal & Courier via The Indianapolis Star
Top leaders — along with the university's newest organization aimed at commercializing research — seem determined to get rid of the stigma that Purdue does more to hurt than help researchers cross the "valley of death," the precarious stage before innovation hits the market as a tangible object or service. The paradigm shift, which already has manifested itself in Purdue relaxing its rules for unused patent application filings and for student researchers, is coming from the top down.
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New High-Speed Camera System Reveals What Snow Looks Like in Midair
University of Utah via PhysOrg
University of Utah researchers developed a high-speed camera system that spent the past two winters photographing snowflakes in 3-D as they fell — and they don't look much like those perfect-but-rare snowflakes often seen in photos. NASA and the U.S. Army helped fund development of the camera, and the National Science Foundation funded the observations.
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New Chicago Accelerator Focuses on Medical Device Startups
Chicago Tribune
In the last 25 years, the engineers and designers at Insight Product Development have come up with a portable CT scanner and a wireless cardiac implant monitor. For the next generation of breakthrough medical devices, the Chicago design shop is turning to the area's research universities and entrepreneurs.

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Jeopardizing US Drug Development
IPWatchdog
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., believes if a company commercializes a new drug whose development is in some way related to a cooperative R&D agreement it had at one time with NIH, that the government can then insure "a reasonable relationship between the pricing of a licensed product, the public investment in that product and the health and safety needs of the public."

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The Patent Wars Begin Over Graphene, a Material That's About to Change Our Lives
Business Insider
Graphene is a substance that is about to change our lives: in some ways perceptibly, and in others hidden from view, but nonetheless profound in application and implication for future technology based products.

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Advocacy Alert: Tell Sen. Wyden That Taxpayers Already Receive a Return on Investment
AUTM
In last week's AUTM Newsbrief we asked you to write to Sen. Wyden. Two universities that we know of sent a letter. If you sent one let us know. Write your own letter or use this template letter.

Background
In a recent letter to NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins, Sen. Ron Wyden, D–Ore., has implored the NIH to reconsider its policies to require consideration of the public interest in the pricing of drugs developed under NIH collaborative research and development agreements (CRADA) with industry. Read AUTM President Sean Flanigan's blog on the subject here. AUTM is urging members to meet with their federal relations colleagues and write to Sen. Wyden.

Learn more about this topic
Jeopardizing U.S. Drug Development, Joseph Allen, IPWatchdog
Sen. Wyden's Proposal Will Kill NIH-Pharma Collaboration, John LaMattina, Forbes

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AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting Call for Topics
AUTM
AUTM is now accepting ideas for educational workshops or special interest groups for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting. Those interested in submitting an abstract should do so by the April 18 deadline. Click here for an abstract submission form.
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AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012
AUTM
Data collection is underway for the AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012. Compiled annually since 1991, the survey includes quantitative data and real-world examples about licensing activities at U.S. and Canadian universities, hospitals and research institutions. All U.S. and Canadian academic institutions are encouraged to participate.

This year's survey report will be available free of charge to survey participants, and survey participants will have free access for one year (2014) to the Statistics Access for Tech Transfer (STATT) database. When the AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012 is published, members whose institutions did not contribute information to the survey will incur a charge to access the survey report and the STATT database.

Data collection for the FY2012 survey will conclude on April 25. If your institution has not received an invitation to participate, and would like to become a part of this valuable resource, contact the survey administrator.

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    The Patent Wars Begin Over Graphene, a Material About to Change Our Lives (Business Insider)
Germany's Technology Universities Should Be Bigger Engines of Innovation (Science Business)
Write a Grant Proposal, Start a Company, Create a Job (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Let's Judge Patent Rights by Harm to the Public — Not to Inventors (Wired)
New Technology Could Engineer the Perfect Baseball Swing (Mashable)

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AUTM/NCET2 Supplemental Startup Survey: FY2012
AUTM
For the second consecutive year, AUTM is partnering with the National Council for Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) to conduct a Supplemental Startup Survey that quantifies the economic impact of technology transfer. The survey asks members to report the identities of their 2012 startups and basic information on the technologies that they licensed. The output from the AUTM-NCET2 project is an interactive map showing the location of the startups, filterable by year and originating institution.

Data collection for the Supplemental Startup Survey: FY2012 is underway and concludes on April 25. You must participate in the survey to have your institution represented on the map. If you would like more information on how to participate, please contact the survey administrator.

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AUTM Webinars
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AUTM Professional Development Webinars provide year-round education for technology transfer students and professionals.

April 26, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Introduction to Chinese Law and Patent Enforcement
This session covers the various options available for Chinese patent enforcement such as the courts, customs and administrative agencies.

May 30, Noon–1:30 p.m. EDT
Social Media Training: How to Effectively Implement & Evaluate Your Social Media Strategy
Learn how to manage your social media strategy on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and even Pinterest. Learn how to assess the impact of your campaigns using a suite of free analytical tools.

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Save the Dates!
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Central Region Meeting
July 17-19
The Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN USA

Eastern Region Meeting
Sept. 9-10
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Boston, MA USA

Western Region Meeting
Sept. 30-Oct. 1
The Nines Hotel
Portland, OR USA

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Become an AUTM Sponsor
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AUTM offers many ways for your organization to increase its visibility within the technology transfer community. Consider sponsoring one of the upcoming region meetings. A variety of sponsorship levels are available or consider a customized sponsorship package.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and pricing, visit the AUTM website or contact: Madhuri Carson, +1-847-753-5217.

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PRESS RELEASES


New Tool Promises Private Photo Sharing
(University of Southern California)

Telerobotic System Designed to Treat Bladder Cancer
(Vanderbilt University)

Probe to Detect Spread of Breast Cancer Gets Distribution Boost
(University of Houston)

 

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