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Cornell Rethinks How Universities Invest Software Startups
Inside Higher Ed
In an attempt to make it easier for researchers to commercialize their work, officials at Cornell University's New York City campus are reconsidering how they make money off intellectual property.
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Obama Announces Colorado Will Be a Partner in Digital
Manufacturing Institute

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade via University of Colorado
President Barack Obama has announced the state of Colorado and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade will receive funding from the Department of Defense's institutes for manufacturing innovation. OEDIT partnered with the Colorado School of Mines and with the University of Colorado on programs to support innovation and collaboration in Colorado's advanced manufacturing industries.
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3M and UCLA Startup Complete Joint Development Agreement
Water Planet Engineering, a spinoff company from UCLA, has entered into a joint development agreement with global company 3M to explore commercial production of a new polymer material with widespread industrial application.
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Western Illinois Part of $70 Million Department of Defense Grant Project
Quincy Journal
Western Illinois University has been named a partner institution as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense for the University of Illinois Digital Lab for Manufacturing, based in Chicago. The $70 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Defense, which was formally awarded by President Barack Obama, is leveraged by commitments of $250 million from industry, academia, government and community partners, forming the $320 million Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute.
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3-D Printer Creates Transformative Device for Heart Treatment
TG Daily
Igor Efimov, Ph.D., at the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis and an international team of biomedical engineers and materials scientists have created a 3-D elastic membrane made of a soft, flexible, silicon material that is precisely shaped to match the heart's epicardium, or the outer layer of the wall of the heart.
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Corporates Get Behind Oregon State Spinout
Global University Venturing
Inpria, an Oregon State University semiconductor materials developer spinout, has received $4.7 million of a committed $7.3 million total from a trio of corporate venture capital units.
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Wichita State Attempting to Attract Technology Companies
The Associated Press via The Telegraph
Officials at Wichita State University are negotiating with multiple technology companies to create an innovation campus with a goal of bringing new technology jobs to Kansas.
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  NAI Conference March 6-7, 2014

Register now for the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, Mar. 6-7 at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Conference features world class speakers, “Night at the Museum” event in Flag Hall at the Smithsonian, and the induction of the 2013 NAI Fellows. Register and read more

Universities Detail Manufacturing Hub Involvement
Inside Indiana Business
The University of Notre Dame and Purdue University are releasing details of their involvement with new advanced manufacturing institutes in Chicago and Detroit. Notre Dame is the only school involved with both Midwest locations, and Purdue will partner with the Chicago lab on projects including 3-D modeling.
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AUTM Unveils 'Put a Face On It' Videos
In an effort to enhance awareness of the benefits of technology transfer, AUTM created its "Put a Face On It" video project, which offers seed funding for unique videos that showcase a commercialized invention and feature a person who benefited from that technology.

The first videos created by the project were unveiled at AUTM's 2014 Annual Meeting recently held in San Francisco. Find information about participating in the project here.

View the first video award recipients.

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AUTM's About Technology Transfer Video Released
Universities, hospitals and research centers conduct a lot of research that generates groundbreaking inventions, saves lives and improves the way we live, work and play on a daily basis. But explaining that process clearly and concisely to stakeholders and constituents can be challenging.

Enter AUTM's new About Technology Transfer video. Created by technology transfer professionals and narrated by AUTM President, Jane Muir, the About TT video is the perfect tool for educating others on the benefits of technology transfer.

View the video.

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AUTM Recognizes Outstanding Achievements at 2014 Annual Meeting
At its 2014 Annual Meeting held in San Francisco, AUTM bestowed annual awards and scholarships in recognition of excellence and achievements. Included were: Press releases
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Empire Robotics Wins AUTM Business Plan Competition
The creation, care and nurturing of academic startups is a high-profile aspect of what technology transfer offices do. AUTM highlighted this important aspect of the profession by hosting a business plan competition during the AUTM Venture Forum last week at its 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Fifty-two companies entered the competition, and four finalists were selected to pitch their startups to a group of venture capitalists. Empire Robotics won the competition and its $10,000 prize. A Cornell University spinout, the Boston-based firm is using technology developed at the university to commercialize a universal robotic gripper.

The AUTM 2014 Venture Forum provided attendees an opportunity to hear from and interact with some of the top institutional and corporate venture investors in the country. The event will be offered again during the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting, Feb. 22–25, in New Orleans.

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AUTM 2014 Software Course℠
This course is designed specifically for university licensing professionals who work with software and other information assets. The course will provide a survey of basic principles, as well as a study of best practices, emerging models and actual cases, that will benefit both newcomers and experienced practitioners. Participants will leave with the tools to handle basic to complex software asset management and licensing situations.

May 15-16, 2014
Hutton Hotel
Nashville, TN USA

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information. Schedule at a Glance.

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LSU Gives Green Light for Fund to Support Innovation
Global University Venturing
Louisiana State University is set to provide a crucial lifeline to intellectual property with commercialization potential following the approval of a $2 million proof-of-concept fund for the institution. The Leveraging Innovation for Technology Transfer fund will provide grants on a competitive basis of up to $50,000 twice a year. It is supported with proceeds generated from past LSU innovation licensed out from the institution.

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Purdue Professors Get Funds to Commercialize Research Projects
Three professors at Purdue University's colleges of engineering and science will work to develop and commercialize their research projects with around $130,000 in combined funding.

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AUTM Appoints New Executive Director
The AUTM Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Valerie Landrio McDevitt as the new AUTM executive director, effective March 24. This decision was reached by a unanimous vote. In her role, Valerie will be responsible for working with the AUTM Board to implement AUTM's strategic plan and provide oversight of AUTM's contract with The Sherwood Group — the association management company responsible for many of the daily operations of AUTM.

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AUTM Partnering Forum: Medical Imaging Technology
April 23-24, 2014
Hosted by Case Western Reserve University
Global Center for Health Innovation
Cleveland, OH USA

This new business development meeting will be a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the medical imaging technology sector.

Registration Information. Schedule at a Glance.

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    New Program to Help Commercialize Ideas Developed at Wisconsin Campuses (Wisconsin-Superior)
Ohio State Enters Agreement with Software Company, Earns $275K Upfront Licensing Fee (The Lantern)
Academics: Patenting Necessary for Continued Innovation (PatentDocs)
Tax-Effective Investing: Share in the Future of Oxford University Spinouts (Angel News)

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AUTM Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members for one low price.

March 4
Post-grant Proceedings Under the AIA
Our panel will walk you through the issues associated with a new proceeding (as of Sep. 16, 2012) that allows parties to challenge the validity of an issued patent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

March 26
Royalty Monetization: Primer, Current Trends and Best Practice
Royalty monetization is a "hot topic" in the technology transfer industry. Hybrid approaches abound, and the landscape is definitely changing. Join us to find out how this topic can affect you, your university, and your inventors.

AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list.

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Better World Project Featured Stories
The Better World Project features inspiring stories about university technologies that make the world a better place. Take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the featured stories.

This video from editor Laura Savatski explains how. Or, create a customized report of the stories from your institution that may be already in the database. For more information about the Better World Project, click here.

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UMB Health IT Startup Caps Quick Entrance into Commercialization Maryland

New Center for Commercialization of Research at UCI
(Orange County Business Journal)

UCLA Launches Crowdfunding Platform to Support Innovation Projects
(Global University Venturing)

Kansas Alumnus Makes $100,000 Gift for KU Venture Fund
(The University of Kansas)


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