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University of Delaware Spinoff Developing Puncture-Resistant Gloves for Health Care Workers
All it takes is one slip up of a needle for a health care worker to contract hepatitis or another blood-born disease. But what if a glove could immediately respond and protect against a stick? That's the idea behind a spinoff company founded by researchers at the University of Delaware.
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New Fuel Cell Could Eliminate Waste at Biodiesel Plants
The Daily Fusion
A new fuel-cell concept, developed by a Michigan State University researcher, will allow biodiesel plants to eliminate the creation of hazardous wastes while removing their dependence on fossil fuel from their production process. The platform, which uses microbes to glean ethanol from glycerol and has the added benefit of cleaning up the wastewater, will allow producers to reincorporate the ethanol and the water into the fuel-making process.
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Waterloo Startup Wins Prestigious Global Award for Technology That Recycles Tires
A University of Waterloo startup has been named one of the 2014 TiE50 winners — a prestigious TiE Silicon Valley honor awarded to only 50 companies among thousands competing worldwide. With support from the university's Waterloo Commercialization Office, Tyromer Inc. was launched five years ago to commercialize an invention by Chemical Engineering Professor Costas Tzoganakis. The technology chemically breaks down — devulcanizes — tire rubber so it's suitable for reuse.
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Device Produces Packaged Batches of Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine
Plataforma SINC via Medical Xpress
The Spanish startup Aglaris Cell is close to launching onto the market the world's first bioreactor that cultures cell in a fully automated way without using toxic additives. The device has attracted interest from the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical giant Merk.
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How a Biomed Tech Company Raised $35.7 Million Before Going to Market
When Charu Ramanathan founded CardioInsight in 2005, she knew she had a technology on her hands with the potential to help save people's lives. It provided a minimally invasive way to create a 3-D map of the heart's electrical activity, one that could help in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Ramanathan and her founding partner were researchers, not business people, but over the course of six years, they still managed to raise $35.7 million from government funding, institutional supporters, venture capitalists, industry supporters and angel investors — all before bringing the product to market in Europe in 2012 with a limited launch.
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Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium
The United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent Trademark Office, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, the Colorado Bar Association, the University of Denver, the Colorado Small Business Development Center and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the third annual Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium on Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31.

The symposium will be held at the University of Denver and focus on women entrepreneurs and small business concerns, the importance of intellectual property protection for their innovations and how to leverage economic opportunities for women-owned businesses. The symposium will offer networking opportunities with experts in the intellectual property field as well as government and industry representatives, who will help attendees gain insight into all facets of the business cycle. Agenda topics include intellectual property, strategies to leverage intellectual property assets, accessing financial resources and driving business growth by leveraging business relationships.

Registration for this event is $50, which includes all conference sessions and materials, light refreshments, a keynote luncheon and a networking reception and parking. For more information, contact the USPTO at 866-767-3848.

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AUTM 2014 Region Meetings Announced
AUTM region meetings bring diverse programs of interest to experienced and new-technology-transfer professionals. Focused on best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that culminate in successful product commercialization, each meeting provides a forum for members to connect, exchange ideas and gain valuable contacts.

Region Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities: Sponsorship of AUTM Region Meetings underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field. For details, email Madhuri Carson, or call 847-753-5217.

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AUTM Accepting Scholarship and Literature Review Prize Applications
AUTM is now accepting scholarship applications from students, scholars and new professionals pursuing a career in academic technology transfer.
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AUTM Seeks Fundraising Professional
AUTM is seeking letters of interest from fundraising professionals to assist with its strategies to increase nondues revenues. The funding environment currently offers more opportunities to secure grant funding — especially from government sources — than ever before. This environment may change at the conclusion of the Obama administration, so there is a certain level of urgency to begin activities. Activities will be focused on securing grants from government and foundations and expanding corporate engagement, cultivation and sponsorship.

Letters must be submitted via email in PDF format by July 31.

Learn more about this unique opportunity.

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AUTM Videos Spotlight Technology Transfer Benefits: More Grants Available
Additional grants are available in AUTM's Put a Face On It video project, which spotlights the real-world connection between our members' work and its ability to transform people's lives. The videos can be used in presentations to build a greater understanding of technology transfer. Share, tweet, or link to the videos to spread the word about your important work!

Learn more about how to submit your own here.

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The Belief That Our Patent System is Broken is Patently False
Detroit Free Press
If you listen to some commentators on the subject of patents, you could form the belief that the patent system is irreparably broken. According to these arguments, "patent trolls" are bringing businesses to a complete halt and that software patents are a barrier to innovation.

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University of Houston Debuts Investment Deal for Faculty Startups
University Business
The University of Houston has signed a deal with a group of investors to commercialize technologies created by its faculty, boosting the UH Energy Research Park as a focal point for entrepreneurial activity in the Houston region.

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UCLA Inventions Show Range of Innovation at UC Forum
Richard Kaner has developed some of the world's hardest metals in his lab at UCLA. Now Kaner, a professor with joint appointments in chemistry, biochemistry, materials science and engineering, is exploring with his team ways to turn these metals into powerful cutting tools for use in industrial processes.

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AUTM Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT)
Database Needs YOUR Deals

AUTM has launched the data collection phase for its new Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT) Database (formerly the Royalties and Deals database), a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

TransACT Needs YOUR Deals!
AUTM directors were sent login instructions last month. If you will be responsible for entering deals for your institution and did not receive an email with your login and a link to the database, please contact Chris Harris, AUTM assistant vice president for Deal Terms Database.

To make the AUTM TransACT Database as successful and meaningful as possible, please enter your deals as soon as possible. Your institution will receive a discount on the subscription price of the AUTM TransACT Database based on the number deals contributed.

If you have questions about the AUTM TransACT Database, please contact Chris Harris.

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AUTM Partnering Forum: Neurologic and Orthopaedic Medical
Device Technology

This new business development meeting presents a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the neurologic and orthopaedic medical device technology sector.

Includes a reverse showcase of presentations from industry partners highlighting technological areas of interest and how to best work with them; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to neurologic and orthopaedic medical devices; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering.

Sept. 23-24
Hosted by Wake Forest Innovations
Winston-Salem, NC, USA Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship of an AUTM Partnering Forum underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field and helps AUTM keep registration fees low — allowing technology transfer professionals from all backgrounds and skill levels to attend.

Contact Madhuri Carson either via email or by phone at 847-753-5217 with any questions.

Download the sponsorship application now.

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Successful Practices in Small Technology Transfer Offices
This AUTM course is designed specifically for technology transfer professionals working in small offices. The two-day course addresses the challenges and opportunities of working in small offices. Find out how to make the most out of your small office with limited resources, while making connections with other small office professionals and engaging in comprehensive discussions on the topics that matter to you most.

Oct. 13-14
Westin Denver Downtown
Denver, CO, USA

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

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    Rice Aims to Spur More Houston Startups (Fuel Fix)
UNHInnovation Launches Website to Centralize Commercialization (Foster's Daily Democrat)
Reality Check: Patents Foster Innovation and Economic Activity (IPWatchdog)
Ceapro Licenses an Innovative Process Technology from University of Alberta (Marketwired via The Wall Street Journal)

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AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices
Save the date for this first in a series of AUTM business development courses designed to provide in-depth education on specific industry sectors. This course focuses on the medical device industry and how regulatory, legal and business issues affect commercializing technologies in the medical device space. Registration for this course will open in early July.

Nov 12-13
Chicago Marriott O'Hare
Rosemont, IL, USA

View Schedule at a Glance. Faculty.

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.

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AUTM Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members.

June 11
Telling Our Story: AUTM's Better World Project and Advocacy Videos
This informative, FREE webinar is for those who would like to learn more about communicating the value of academic technology transfer to stakeholders using AUTM's "Put a Face On It" videos, the Better World Project, and AUTM's new "About Technology Transfer" video.

June 17
Federal Award Terms: What Do They Mean for You?
Learn how restrictions impact technology transfer and what constraints they might impose on the ability to license university technologies. This webinar will discuss the implications of such terms and strategies for handling them..

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. Check out the new featured story from the North Carolina State University: Natural Enzyme Helps Farmers Feed the World. 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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Purdue Technology Centers Recognized for Incubating Startups
(The Times of Northwest Indiana)

Wayne State Adds Industry Vets to Technology Transfer Office
(Crain's Detroit Business)

BioTime Subsidiary, Cornell Enter License Agreement to Accelerate
Lung Cancer Diagnostic Product Development

(Business Wire via MarketWatch)


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