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Patent agency officials discuss how to reduce application backlog    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 gives universities, along with other institutions, control of the intellectual property underlying inventions that result from federal funding. This has advanced the role of universities in moving discoveries from academia to industry. Patents are a vital part of this process, making it commercially viable for businesses to capitalize on these innovations, by allowing them to license the protected intellectual property from the patent-holders. The process of issuing patents, however, is not going smoothly. So for university-based medical technology inventors and entrepreneurs, many whom have had to wait as long as five years for patent decisions, a top priority is to reduce the time and cost associated with bringing life-saving medical discoveries into the public domain. More

10 universities account for over 50 percent of UK spinout firms
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Ten universities have produced more than half of all United Kingdom spinout companies over the last decade, new research has found. A study by Spinouts UK, an internet database that charts the commercialization of intellectual property created by 150 British universities and higher education institutions, shows that between 2000-2010, the 10 most active universities produced between them 412 spinout companies, more than half of the 820 total. More

Scottish universities leading the way for inspiring new businesses
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Internet database Spinouts UK has compiled a list of all the businesses that have emerged from the fruits of academic research over the past decade. It has found that Scotland's universities produced 172 companies, well above the total for any other nation or region. More

Expiration of biotech crop patents will affect growers
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The patent on the first generation of the Roundup Ready soybean trait will expire in 2014. It will be the first time that a major biotech trait will potentially face competition with generic traits. Will it result in lower prices for seed and more choices for farmers? Roger McEowen, professor of agricultural law and director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University, offers the following explanation and observations. In the near future, the last of the Roundup Ready soybean patents held by Monsanto Company will expire. That expiration will be followed by the expiration of other patents on biotech crops and expiring approvals in overseas markets like the European Union and China. More

Money talks: The university technology commercialization model
is changing

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Imperial Innovations plc. began to deliver on its promise to provide investee companies with the cash to grow bigger and faster, putting £15 million into a £60 million fundraising by Circasssia Ltd, an Imperial College London spin-out that is developing vaccines to prevent hayfever and other allergies, such as those caused by cats and house dust mites. More

Vaccine for urinary tract infection is NanoBio's goal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NanoBio, which is led by University of Michigan (U-M) Professor James Baker, a global nanotechnology expert, has signed a deal to license an antigen that is showing early promise in preventing urinary tract infections after intranasal vaccinations. NanoBio plans to take the antigen, which was developed by U-M scientists, and combine it with a nanoemulsion-based technology that NanoBio is already leveraging to create other new therapies. Scientists expect development of a vaccine to take at least 10 years. The deal tightens the already close relationship between NanoBio and U-M, which collaborate on several projects. More

Simple injection could limit damage from heart attacks and stroke
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An international team of researchers is developing a simple injection which they believe will limit the devastating consequences of heart attacks and strokes. Described by the lead researcher as 'a fascinating new achievement', work has already begun to translate the research into novel clinical therapies. The research was published in the Early Online Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Wilhelm Schwaeble of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, initiated and co-ordinated research collaborations with King's College London, the Medical University of Fukushima, Japan and the State University of New York, to achieve the present breakthrough findings. More

Top 1 percent of startups create 40 percent of new jobs
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A scant 1 percent of startups create 40 percent of all new jobs, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) study. The WEF suggests that governments who want to spark growth via entrepreneurship should find out what makes the top companies successful rather than trying to "replicate Silicon Valley." The report, conducted in collaboration with Stanford University and Endeavor Global, said the purpose of the report is to provide insight on how to foster successful entrepreneurship and improve economic growth, prosperity and quality of life. More

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