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Micro 3-D Printer Creates Tiny Structures in Seconds
MIT Technology Review
Nanoscribe, a spin-off from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, has developed a tabletop 3-D microprinter that can create complicated microstructures 100 times faster than is possible today. "If something took one hour to make, it now takes less than one minute," says Michael Thiel, chief scientific officer at Nanoscribe. While 3-D printing of toys, iPhone covers and jewelry continues to grab headlines, much of 3-D printing's impact could be at a much smaller scale. Micrometer-scale printing shows promise for making medical and electronic devices.
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Why the New SHIELD Bill Can't Stop Patent Abuse
In an effort to chase patent trolls back under their bridges, two congressmen last week reintroduced a bill they call SHIELD — a laborious acronym that stands for Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes. But while the pending legislation could help turn trolls to stone in court, SHIELD fails to address the real problem of patent abuse. If passed, the bill would most likely reduce the value of patents as weapons for litigation. But it would do nothing to protect companies from the practices that keep forcing them into court.
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University of Minnesota Debuts Entrepreneurial Leave Program for Faculty
The Line
A new program at the University of Minnesota could boost the number of startup companies and innovative products in the state, with faculty putting a whole new spin on "office hours." The Entrepreneurial Leave Program will facilitate temporary leave for faculty inventors who want to assist an external organization in commercializing a product or service that might use university-derived intellectual property.
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University of Oxford to Launch Automated Stroke Test to Save Lives
The latest Oxford spin-out puts the expertise of a stroke assessment team into the hands of any doctor in an emergency department. There is only a four and a half hour window from the time which a stroke occurs when a clot busting thrombolytic treatment can be given. e-ASPECTS automates the Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score pioneered by Alastair Buchan, professor of Stroke Medicine and head of the Medical Sciences Division at Oxford University. Over the last 12 years ASPECTS has been adopted worldwide.
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New Player in Electron Field Emitter Technology Makes for Better Imaging and Communications
National Institute of Standards and Technology via PhysOrg
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland, College Park, have built a practical, high-efficiency nanostructured electron source. Described in the journal Nanotechnology, this new, patent-pending technology could lead to improved microwave communications and radar, and more notably, to new and improved X-ray imaging systems for security and health care applications.
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When Mushroom Farmers Had a Problem, They Turned to a University for Help
The Globe and Mail
For specialty mushroom farmers, Marie-Claude Héroux and Grégoire Dorval have lofty ambitions. The couple produce five tons of oyster mushrooms a year in their small business on the outskirts of Montreal. The couple would like to develop trees inoculated with these prized mushrooms, such as chanterelles and bolets, that would be bought by consumers to plant in their gardens or perhaps even by nurseries to produce the gourmet mushrooms on a commercial scale. With little budget for research and development in their seven-person company, they’re working with the University of Montreal's Plant Biology Research Institute to help realize their goals.
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AUTM 2013 Central Region Meeting
The AUTM 2013 Central Region Meeting, July 17-19, will take place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis. Its theme is "Raising the Game." This networking and educational meeting, hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), is a great opportunity for attendees to discuss strategies for getting discoveries to market in a focused setting.
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Sean Flanigan Appointed AUTM President
Sean Flanigan, RTTP, was appointed President of the AUTM Board of Directors at the AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Flanigan, Assistant Director of Technology Partnerships for University of Ottawa, officially took office March 2.

Other newly installed directors include: Kirsten Leute, Stanford University; Betsy Merrick, University of Texas at Austin; Jane Muir, University of Florida; and David Winwood, UAB Research Foundation.

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AUTM Announces Large Grant from Coulter Foundation
During its annual meeting in San Antonio, AUTM announced that it received a $750,000 grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

The foundation honors the legacy of Wallace H. Coulter by implementing industry best practices in academic institutions to accelerate the translation of promising technologies to improve patient care. The foundation also works with universities and professional associations that Wallace Coulter was associated with during his lifetime.

"The goals for this multiyear collaboration will be to enhance the business development capabilities of academic technology development professionals, and to raise awareness of the impact medical device discoveries born out of academic settings have had on society," said AUTM Past President Todd Sherer.

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AUTM 2013 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition Winner Announced
Retectix, LLC took home the $10,000 prize as winner of AUTM's 2013 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition during the AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Retectix, LLC is engineering a line of nonwoven, nanostructured, synthetic surgical meshes. Its novel electrospun surgical materials offer superior handling properties, faster/easier implementation, improved anatomical/clinical versatility and improved safety/reliability compared to existing products.

Thirty companies entered the competition and four finalists were selected to pitch their startups to a group of venture capitalists for the $10,000 prize.

"We were very pleased with the quality of companies represented in this year's competition, and we were thrilled to showcase the exciting companies that are born from academic research making a positive impact," says Stephen Susalka, AUTM Vice President for Annual Meeting.

"The AUTM Annual Meeting is the largest in-person gathering of academic technology transfer professionals in the world and competitions such as the Venture Forum allow us to bring an exciting dimension to the many forms of engagement between university and industry representatives who find commercial success in university technologies," says Sean Flanigan, AUTM President.

The event will be offered again during the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting, Feb. 19–22 in San Francisco.

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Silicon Informatics and UTSA to Develop, Commercialize Scalable Computing Apps
(University of Texas-San Antonio)

UI Researchers Developing 3-D Printer, 'Bio-ink' to Create Human Organs
(The University of Iowa)

Portable Device Detects HIV With Push of a Button
(California Institute of Technology)


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