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Gene Patents: Getting Beyond Witch Trials
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A good old-fashioned witch trial can be jolly fun for most participants — save one. They are briefly cathartic, providing accusers a platform to be sanctimonious while misleading a trusting public. Such efforts are best conducted behind closed doors as they lose credibility. Thus, it was a relief to see the Patent and Trademark Office resist this approach on its Jan. 10 roundtable on genetic testing. This openness exposed claims that have driven the debate so far to a rare scrutiny. Perhaps the bonfires being prepared for the accused are premature. More

Where are University Websites Hiding All Their Research?
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Research is fundamental to a university's reputation, ranking and — with the introduction of the Research Excellence Framework — future funding. But are U.K. universities really doing enough to promote and inform the public of the research they do? When scouring through university websites in search of their latest developments and projects, it became increasingly apparent this information was not always easily accessible — to those outside the realm of academia at least. More

1st Vietnam-made Chip Put into Commercialization    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
HCM City National University announced that the Chip SG8V1, developed by its ICDREC Center, has become its first product to be commercialized. An initial order for 150,000 chips was placed to meet the needs of the electronics manufacturing industry and for learning and research needs at Vietnamese universities. But manufacturing the chip became problematic due to the small size of the order. As such, the Vietnam-designed chip is more than two years late in the marketplace. More

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University of Washington Pumps Out 8 New Startups in 6 Months
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Almost one year ago, University of Washington President Michael Young made a pledge to double the number of startup companies spinning out of the state's top research institution. But has he kept his promise? The answer is yes. UW is currently on track to reach its goal nearly two years ahead of schedule, with eight new startups having debuted in the past six months. More

University-industry Partnerships Initiative Launched in Lebanon
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Lebanon and the European Union have launched a three-year partnership called IDEAL — Innovation and Development of Academic-industry Partnerships through Efficient Research Administration in Lebanon — aimed at boosting research and development in universities. Funded by the EU's Tempus Programme and coordinated by the American University of Beirut, IDEAL will promote the role of higher education in development by helping universities to secure grants, manage projects and market innovative research that will enhance Lebanon's research capacity and spur industrial innovation. More

Bournemouth University Creating Adaptable Prosthetics for Amputees
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VideoBrief A team of design engineers and clinicians studying prosthetics at BU's Design Simulation Research Centre is turning an academic concept into a practical product that could lessen the misery of thousands of amputees. They are creating a "smart socket" — a lower-limb prosthetic which can adjust itself to fit the changing shape of the limb stump it connects with. The design team says the fit will be so comfortable that amputee servicemen may even be able to return to active combat. More

Colorado Pact to Help Convert Biotech Study into Bucks
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The Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority has entered into an agreement with the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office and the Innovation Center of the Rockies in Boulder to help commercialize Colorado biotech research and present the best technologies with near-term commercial potential to investment professionals from around the world. More

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Is an Alzheimer's Vaccine on the Way?
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New research suggests we may be one step closer to treating — and preventing — the degenerative brain disease. A team of researchers from Université Laval, CHU de Québec and pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline has discovered a way to stimulate the brain's natural defense mechanisms in people with Alzheimer's disease, opening the door to the development of a treatment for the degenerative brain illness — and a vaccine to prevent it. More

Why Firms Don't Really Trust Universities
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Fairly regularly, a university or company builds on and commercializes its own discoveries. But often these organizations are actually building on the discoveries of others. This is possible because fundamental discoveries are often published in academic journals which are accessible to everyone. And that's where things get interesting. On whose discoveries are organizations actually building on when working on applied inventions? More

NAI Conference Feb. 21-22, 2013

Register now for the 2nd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, Feb. 21-22 in Tampa, Florida. Keynotes by USPTO Commissioner for Patents Margaret Focarino and National Medal of Technology & Innovation winner Robert Langer of MIT. Induction of the 100 NAI Charter Fellows. Register and read more

If China Wants An Innovation-based Economy, It Will Need to Make Political and Institutional Changes
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Universities in China are tightly controlled by the Ministry of Education. In comparison to their fiercely independent counterparts in the West, Chinese professors are like company employees. Research projects are often directed from the top down rather than being initiated by professors and researchers. The dissemination of research findings often has to take a back seat to the political need to maintain "stability." More

OSU Ramping Up Business Development
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Oregon State University officials unveiled a new program that aims to boost the state's economy by forging stronger ties between business and academia. Dubbed the Oregon State University Advantage, the multipronged initiative expands OSU's efforts to commercialize on-campus research, broadens connections with Oregon companies and builds on the work of other public-private collaborations. The program's five-year goals include increasing the amount of private research investment by 50 percent, creating 20 new businesses and recruiting hundreds of OSU students to work with new and established companies. More

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Register Now for AUTM's 2013 Annual Meeting
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If you haven't done so already, it's time to register for the AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting. Need to register by mail or fax? Download an application here.

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    AUTM Offers Online Course on Standard Operating Procedures
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    Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are valuable tools that provide structure and consistency to everyday processes. This online session will provide the big-picture view of SOPs and then move down to a more detailed level by providing example SOPs and tips on how to get started with your own SOPs. Topics will include general administrative filing, invention disclosure processing, sponsor notification, patent processing, license agreements and more. Jan. 29, noon-1:30 p.m. EST. Learn more. Register online now.

    Read More in 2013!
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    Want to boost your knowledge of the technology transfer field or just expand your personal library? Now you can do both while supporting AUTM.

    Through their partnership with the independent bookseller, Powell's Books, AUTM will receive a portion of all sales through the AUTM Bookshelf page at Powell's. New technology transfer titles have just been added, but anything you purchase from Powell's through the link above helps AUTM. There is no additional cost to you. It's that simple!

    AUTM's Better World Report Seeks Technologies
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    Do you have a licensed technology that is helping make the world a better place? If so, AUTM wants to hear about it. The Better World Report — which celebrates real-world examples of how academic research benefits humankind — is seeking story ideas for 2013. Every month, two fresh stories are featured in a Web-based format.

    You can be a part of this exciting publication by submitting your story ideas. Download the application and submit it at any time. Story ideas are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The first deadline is Feb. 15. Questions? Contact Managing Editor Lisa Richter at

    Bigelow Laboratory and University of Mississippi Form Strategic Marine Natural Products Research and Development Partnership
    (Bigelow Laboratories)

    Robofish Glides with the Greatest of Ease
    (Michigan State University)

    Shot of Contrast Makes Brain Tumors Glow
    (Stony Brook University)

    Alzheimer's to Be Diagnosed Online
    (University of Queensland)


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