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Feb. 16, 2012

AUTM website helps commercialize university technologies
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AUTM President Robin L. Rasor discusses the AUTM Global Technology Portal and its expected impact on academic commercialization, "Industry investors and their academic licensing counterparts already come together for dealmaking at the AUTM Annual Meeting and at the BIO International Convention, but now we have a new resource to further augment in-person networking." More

Patent case to determine who owns 'interactive Web'
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World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee testified in Federal Court in a patent case brought by Eolas Technologies, which claims to have rights to the "interactive Web," according to various media reports. The outcome of the case will determine whether the rich, interactive Web we know today is owned by the world, or whether the core technology upon which it operates is actually owned by a little-known company that would be able to extract royalties from a large number of Internet companies. The case rests on one central question: "Who was first?" Michael Doyle, owner of Eolas, claims that he and two others invented and patented the first program that allowed for images in a Web browser while they were employed at the University of California-San Francisco in 1993. More

New disinfection technique for hospital rooms will be useful to clinical pathology laboratories
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There's a new technology that bears great promise for improving existing methods of disinfecting hospital rooms and health facilities, including clinical laboratories. This pioneering work was developed as part of a collaboration involving infection control expert Dr. Dick Zoutman, FRCPC, who is affiliated with Queen's University of Kingston, Ontario. This technology is a vapor-based fumigant system and is coming to market with the name AsepticSure. It will be sold by Medizone International, Inc. The invention makes a strong argument for changing the way hospital rooms and other healthcare facilities are disinfected. More

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Research shows promise in converting camelina oil into jet fuel
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Researchers at Montana State University-Northern have developed a process to convert camelina oil to jet fuel and other high-value chemicals. MSU has applied for a U.S. patent and research is ongoing. Using a continuous-flow process at low temperature and pressure, the technology yields butane, pentane, gasoline, diesel, triglycerides and oleo-chemicals among other products, although the research is primarily directed at jet fuel production. Jet fuels produced in this manner meet the applicable American Society of Testing and Materials standard. More

Researchers develop new system to 'eliminate' batteries
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Researchers at the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom have developed a new technique for powering electronic devices. The system, developed by Professor Ben Allen at the Center for Wireless Research, uses radio waves as power. Believed to be a world first, the team claims it could eventually eliminate the need for conventional batteries. The university has now filed a patent application to secure exclusive rights to the technique. More

1st-of-its-kind stem cell study re-grows healthy heart muscle in heart attack patients
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Results from a Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute clinical trial show that treating heart attack patients with an infusion of their own heart-derived cells helps damaged hearts re-grow healthy muscle. Patients who underwent the stem cell procedure demonstrated a significant reduction in the size of the scar left on the heart muscle by a heart attack. Patients also experienced a sizable increase in healthy heart muscle following the experimental stem cell treatments. The process to grow cardiac-derived stem cells involved in the study was developed earlier by Dr. Eduardo Marbán when he was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University. The university has filed for a patent on that intellectual property and has licensed it to a company in which Marbán has a financial interest. More

Pearl millet mix, developed by TNAU professor, makes processing easier
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Professor R. Kailappan of the department of food and agricultural process engineering, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore, India, has developed a ready-to-cook Cumbu (a South Indian dish that uses pearl millet as the main ingredient) mix. Speaking to FnB News over telephone, Kailappan said, "The university has bagged a production process patent for the Cumbu mix," but did not reveal the details of the patent. More

University of California updates patent policy to protect its rights over inventions
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Triggered by a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, the University of California is embarking on a systemwide project to update its existing patent policy to protect the university from inadvertently losing rights over its inventions. All UC employees are required to sign an amendment to the policy by Feb. 29 clarifying the university’s rights over all inventions and patents made using university resources or facilities. More

Duke University patent at core of local health company
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ZumaTek is one of numerous startup companies that license patents from Duke University, North Carolina's seventh largest organization in terms of patent assignments, according to an analysis by IFI Claims Patent Services, a research company. The Chapel Hill company is developing a three-dimensional imaging system for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. More

AUTM Annual Meeting only 4 weeks away — Register today
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Featuring a dynamic format, nonstop dealmaking opportunities and world-class education, the AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting takes place March 14-17 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif., USA. Register now.

AUTM launches GTP: Web-based resource to accelerate industry licensing and commercialization of university technologies
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AUTM launched a dynamic new Web-based resource to facilitate networking, partnership and licensing deals among corporations and universities. AUTM's new Global Technology Portal accelerates how universities and corporations are able to match available cutting-edge technologies with emerging market needs. More

AMIPurdue supports delivering university-led life science technologies to the marketplace (Purdue University)

King Saud University, St. Michael's receive US patent to use BRCA1 gene for cardiovascular disease (News-Medical.Net)

The blind codemaker (MIT News)

University of Minnesota and startup to develop antidote to cyanide poisoning (Medical Xpress)


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