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NAI, IPO Announce Top 100 Universities Worldwide Granted US Utility Patents in 2013
National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association have announced the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2013. The list, based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recognizes the important role patents play in university research.
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How Universities are Growing the Next Generation of Billion-Dollar Startups
The Globe and Mail
It seems like the most famous students-turned-entrepreneurs are the ones who dropped out. That's because startups traditionally needed to turn to private funding to get off the ground. However, new incubator programs from innovative research facilities like University of Waterloo and University of Toronto are now playing a bigger role in nurturing and developing the young entrepreneur.
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North Carolina A&T Signs Deal to Commercialize Reduced-Allergy Peanut
News & Record
A peanut that might not trigger allergic reactions is one step closer to store shelves. North Carolina A&T has announced that it has signed a licensing deal with a Canadian firm. The company, Xemerge, will look for commercial applications for a hypoallergenic peanut developed by A&T researchers.
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Rival Schools Partner to Bring Oral Cancer-Fighting Patch to Patients
PDR Network
The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan have signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Ohio–based Venture Therapeutics, Inc., to form a new company to develop and commercialize a pharmaceutical technology targeted for the treatment of precancerous oral lesions. These lesions are currently managed by invasive surgery and approximately a third of these lesions will reoccur after surgery.
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Startup Led by UHM Graduate Student Places in National Competition
University of Hawaii at Manoa
A University of Hawaii startup company that designed a unique medical training device has won third place in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2014 Innovation Showcase. SmarTummy, led by University of Hawaii at Manoa graduate student Larry Martin, has developed a tool to train medical, nursing and osteopathic students in conducting an abdominal palpation exam.
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Pinnacle Opens Pilot Plant at Rutgers
Baking Business News
Pinnacle Foods Inc. has opened a research and development pilot plant at Rutgers University, a move the company believes will allow it to increase its R&D capabilities, scale up learning for commercialization, further support brand renovation and productivity and improve speed to market.
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AUTM 2014 Region Meetings
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 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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AUTM Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT)
Database Needs YOUR Deals

Wouldn't it be great to have access to a database full of useful deal information? The good news is you can!

AUTM has launched the Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT), a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

But we can't do it without you. We needs your Deals! Visit the database and input your data as soon as possible. As a thank you, your institution will receive a discount on the subscription price of the AUTM TransACT Database based on the number deals contributed.

Enter your deals today! By now, you should have received an email with your login. If not, email Chris Harris, AUTM assistant vice president for Deal Terms Database. He's also available to answer any questions you have.

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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

Registration InformationRegister today!
Hotel and Travel Information. View Schedule at a Glance

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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HorseFly 'Octocopter' Primed to Fly the Future to Your Front Door
University of Cincinnati
Ever seen a horse fly? Maybe you have, but never like this one. This HorseFly has eight rotors, a wireless, recharging battery and a mission to deliver merchandise right to your doorstep. The University of Cincinnati and AMP Electric Vehicles, makers of the WorkHorse all-electric delivery truck, collaborated on the HorseFly "octocopter" through an innovative partnership made possible by the University of Cincinnati Research Institute.

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UCSF Program Pushes Innovation in Medical Devices
San Francisco Chronicle
At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, as in all hospitals, patients who lie in bed for hours sometimes develop painful skin sores. To prevent these wounds, nurses must check and move patients every few hours. But Dr. Hanmin Lee wonders if a device would do a better job of predicting and alerting staff to nascent bedsores.

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Exclusive Interview with AUTM President Jane Muir
AUTM President Jane Muir is the director of the Florida Innovation Hub at University of Florida and associate director of the Office of Technology Licensing. IPWatchdog had the opportunity to chat with Muir about the role of university research and some of the criticisms swirling in the popular press, which seem to largely be based on unfamiliarity with the technology transfer process and the vital role that universities play.

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Successful Practices in Small Technology Transfer Offices
This two-day course focuses on the challenges and opportunities of working in small offices. Learn how to make the most out of your small office with limited resources, while engaging in comprehensive discussions on the topics that matter to you most.

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

Registration InformationRegister today!
Hotel and Travel Information. Schedule at a Glance. Download Preliminary Program.

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Save the Dates for Upcoming AUTM Courses
Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
Oct. 13–15 Save the Date
Denver, CO, USA
The TOOLS course is designed for professionals responsible for the administration of a technology transfer office. Critical issues of compliance and using iEdison will be explored, along with finding efficient ways to manage and utilize large volumes of information and data.

Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course
Oct. 13–15 Save the Date
Denver, CO, USA
The Essentials course teaches skills and resources necessary to function effectively at evaluating inventions and negotiating license agreements.

Partnering Forum — Energy Technologies
Oct. 22–23 Save the Date
Houston, TX, USA
Join AUTM at Rice University for a comprehensive discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the energy technology sector.

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AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices
This AUTM business development course focuses on the medical device industry and how regulatory, legal and business issues affect commercializing technologies in the medical device space.

Topics covered will include:
  • Use of translational research in product development
  • Common characteristics of the key market segments
  • Financial models typically employed in the industry
  • And much more!

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

    Registration Information (Registration opens in July)
    Hotel and Travel Information. View Schedule at a Glance. Faculty.

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

    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.

    July 17
    Life Science Licenses: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Explores the key issues faced in negotiating and drafting licensing transactions, including scope of grant, territory definition, term of license, payment considerations, offsets and much more.

    Aug. 12
    Maximizing Licensing Opportunities in Research Tools
    This webinar focuses on how to maximize licensing opportunities and the best practices to consider when negotiating.

    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 Florida State University: Carbon Nanotechnology Lowers Cost of Hydrogen Fuel Cell. Take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the featured stories.

    Want to learn more about how AUTM can help you communicate your value to stakeholders? Attend the free "Telling Our Story: AUTM's Better World Project and Advocacy Videos" webinar on June 11. Register now!

    For more information about the Better World Project, click here.

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    2 Maine Startups Selected as Semifinalists in Regional Cleantech Competition

    CIT Announces Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Spring Solicitation Awards

    Murray State to Host Entrepreneur Competition
    (Murray Ledger & Times)


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