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A Patient-centric Look At Gene Patents
One of the central policy issues injected into the current case of AMP v. Myriad Genetics is whether the BRCA patents are good for innovation and ultimately for patients. No matter how many times these allegations are repeated, all available evidence shows concerns over research and innovation to be unfounded. More importantly, two natural experiments give us an opportunity to evaluate actual patient access to testing, the ultimate measure of whether the patents are doing their job of incentivizing delivery of new technology to the public. Both of these experiments show that exclusive licensing of strong "gene patents" not only does not harm patient access to quality testing, but is instead vital to it.
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China Comes to Silicon Valley at a Startup Accelerator
MIT Technology Review
InnoSpring, an incubator backed mainly by Chinese investors, bills itself as the first to focus on opportunities for startups in both the United States and China. Whatever it lacks in frills, it more than made up for in the real opportunities provided to the companies presenting. What was notable for Bonanno, a Silicon Valley veteran, was that some of the top clean-tech investing firms with offices in both the U.S. and China were in the room.
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  ATCC Master Deposit Agreement

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System to Make Plants Generate Usable Electricity Developed at Georgia
Nature World News
Despite great progress in solar energy technology over the years making the process more efficient and affordable, only a fraction of the solar radiation on Earth is converted to useful energy. In an attempt to close the gap, University of Georgia scientists in search of a novel solution have turned to nature's most efficient consumer of solar energy: plants. The team is developing a new technology that will make it possible to use plants to generate electricity.
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Electromagnetic Coil Can Detect Brain Injuries Wirelessly
The head-mounted volumetric electromagnetic phase-shift spectroscopy (VEPS) clinical coil can't read your mind, but it can tell if you've experienced brain trauma. An inexpensive medical diagnostic, VEPS is meant to function as a substitute to full CT scans in parts of the world where those aren't available.
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'Not Invented Here' is Killing Chicago R&D
Crain's Chicago Business
An absence of entrepreneurialism at local universities is among the explanations often given for Chicago's relative scarcity of successful start-ups. Historically, we've lacked the hand-in-glove relationship between academic research and commercialization that exists in places like Silicon Valley. Illinois, on the other hand, is where the flagship state university threatened to sue Marc Andreesen for using what he learned as a U of I undergrad to create the first commercially successful Web browser. But despite this history of shortsighted possessiveness, schools in our area have come to appreciate the importance of freeing researchers to exploit their discoveries.
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Texas Students Invent 3-D Camera and Demo it for President Obama
During a recent visit to an Austin startup incubator, President Barack Obama was impressed by a demonstration of a handheld camera that can capture appearance, 3-D shape and motion. Created by two graduate students, the tablet-shaped camera swiftly scans not only appearance but also contours. The file it creates can go to a 3-D printer, which can then print out a statue-like model.
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Key Techniques from Startup Leaders
Innovation America
The universal challenge of every startup founder is to get everything done that needs to get done, and still have a life. Even outside of business, everyone wants to accomplish more, while working less. Stever Robbins, known on the Internet as the Get-It-Done Guy, outlines strategies in his book, "9 Steps to Work Less and Do More."
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Innovation Rains Supreme as Entrepreneur Reinvents the Umbrella
University of Warwick via PhysOrg
An entrepreneur whose Eureka moment came at last year's wet and windy Grand National has reinvented the umbrella with the help of WMG at the University of Warwick. The Rainshader protects people from the elements while watching major sporting events — crucially it doesn't blow inside out, poke passers-by in the eye or drip on neighbors' shoulders in crowds.

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Shapeshifters: Phones of the Future Could Morph on Demand
The Verge
Scientists at the University of Bristol have developed prototype devices that could drastically change the way we interact with our smartphones and tablets. The six working prototypes, known as "Morphees," are thin, electronic displays capable of automatically changing shape to perform certain functions.

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The Promise of University IP Commercialization
Venture Atlanta
American universities have long been recognized as research power houses across a wide variety of fields. But of late, these institutions of higher learning are increasingly on the forefront of bringing new technologies to market, spawning startups and indirectly creating jobs. Georgia universities are no exception.

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AUTM 2014 Board of Directors – Call for Nominations
The AUTM Nominations and Awards Committee is pleased to invite all AUTM members to submit nominations for candidates to serve on the 2014 AUTM Board of Directors for the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President for Finance
  • Vice President for Meeting Development
  • Vice President for Membership Development–Eastern Hemisphere
  • Vice President for Metrics & Surveys
  • Vice President for Professional Development

    Position descriptions.

    If you or somebody you know, would like to be considered for one of these positions, please complete the Nominee Form and email it to Vicki Loise by the June 14 deadline.

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    AUTM Webinars
    AUTM Professional Development Webinars provide year-round education for technology transfer students and professionals.

    May 30, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
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    Learn how to manage your social media strategy on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and even Pinterest. Learn how to assess the impact of your campaigns using a suite of free analytical tools.

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    U.S. Patent Application Process – From Start to Finish
    Enhance your understanding of the U.S. patent application process from start to finish. Includes discussion of the steps taken to obtain a U.S. patent and overviews of each part of the application — abstract, drawings, summary, claims.

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    New Device Can Extract Human DNA With Full Genetic Data in Minutes (EarthSky)
    3 Brilliant Health Technologies from Student Inventors (TechNewsDaily)

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    Better World Project – May 2013
    Check out the latest AUTM Better World Project stories:

  • Building a Better Earthquake Defense
  • Inventors Aim to Increase Availability of Eye Screening for Diabetics

    The Better World Project features fresh technologies every month, keeping technology transfer and its public benefits top of mind throughout the year. Click here for more information, including how you can submit your story or become a sponsor. Questions? Contact Managing Editor Lisa Richter.

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    With Heart Cells, Middle Schoolers Learn the Hard Lessons of Science
    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

    XLerateHealth Accelerator Launched in Louisville
    (XLerateHealth via The Wall Street Journal)

    Stanford Engineers' New Metamaterial Doubles Up on Invisibility
    (Stanford University)


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