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Inventors Conference Starts on Aug. 15
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Join inventors and small business owners at the 16th Annual Independent Inventor Conference on Aug. 15 and 16. Experts from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will present valuable information on patents, trademarks and other intellectual property matters while successful business owners and inventors share their inspiring personal experiences.
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New Commercialization Gap Funding Assists Washington State Innovators
Washington State University
Washington State University researchers can get in-house money to move their innovations from the lab to the marketplace through a new commercialization gap-funding program. Following on the heels of WSU's newly announced partnership with Seattle-based Accelerator Corp., WSU's Office of Commercialization has established the program to provide critical funding to WSU researchers with disclosed innovations or inventions that have a high degree of commercialization potential.
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Texas Tech Develops Mat That Could Absorb Oil Spills
A Texas Tech University research team has discovered that low-grade cotton made into an absorbent, nonwoven mat is capable of collecting up to 50 times its own weight in oil. The team, led by Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, hopes this becomes an efficient tool to help with the cleanup of oil spills.
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  NAI Fellows: Call for Nominations

Nominate your distinguished faculty inventors as 2014 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Last year’s Fellows class of 143 distinguished innovators included Nobel Laureates, university presidents, National Medal winners and National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees Read More

A Breath Reveals Anticounterfeit Drug Labels
Counterfeit drugs, which at best contain wrong doses and at worst are toxic, are thought to kill more than 700,000 people per year. While less than 1 percent of the U.S. pharmaceuticals market is believed to be counterfeit, it is a huge problem in the developing world where as much as a third of the available medicine is fake. To fight back against these and other forms of counterfeiting, researchers at the University of Michigan and in South Korea have developed a way to make labels that change when you breathe on them, revealing a hidden image.
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UC Riverside Engineers Develop New Biofuel Production Technology
Ethanol Producer Magazine
A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering, have developed a versatile, relatively nontoxic, efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter, known as lignocellulosic biomass, into biofuels and chemicals.
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$20 Million Grant Boosts South Dakota High-Tech Jobs
Argus Leader
South Dakota will receive $20 million over five years from the National Science Foundation to boost academic research and grow jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. The state received the maximum award for the second straight five-year cycle. The funds support the South Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR.
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Plant Protein-Based Wound Dressing Invented at Drexel Moves Closer to Medical Marketplace
Drexel University
Wound-healing technology developed at Drexel University is one step closer to becoming a tool for medical caregivers. Eqalix, Inc., a northern Virginia regenerative medicine device company, recently received patent protection for a protein-based nanofiber scaffold technology invented by Drexel researchers.
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Making Scouting of University Technologies More Efficient and Effective
In an effort to develop closer relationships between university technology transfer offices and companies, AUTM is launching a series of one-day meetings to bring together industry and academia in target technology sectors. The highlight of each meeting is an interactive reverse showcase where industry representatives will explain the technologies and types of interactions they are seeking. Each university attending will review their portfolio and respond to each company's specific needs.
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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 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 need 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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Videos Spotlight Lives Transformed by Technology Transfer: Apply For
Grant Today

AUTM's Put a Face On It video project enables technology transfer offices to show how their university-developed innovations personally transform lives.

This is an opportunity for your office to produce a powerful, compelling video — for internal and external stakeholders — about the value technology transfer professionals deliver to the university and community. A limited number of grants are available to cover up to $3,000 of video production costs for qualified submissions.

Learn how to apply for your grant here.

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AUTM FY2014 Salary Survey
Data collection is underway for the AUTM FY2014 Salary Survey. Like previous editions, this sixth biennial compensation survey will present robust data gathered from respondents (directors or their designees) at non-profit technology transfer offices.

Completing the survey is not difficult or time consuming, yet the benefits to AUTM members are substantial.

If you have questions about the content or purpose of the survey, contact Chrys Gwellem at AUTM headquarters 847-559-0846. If you have questions about how to complete the survey, or if your institution did not receive login information, contact this email.

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Big Insights at a Price Small Offices Can Afford
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 Information. Hotel and Travel Information.
Schedule at a Glance. Download Preliminary Program.

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New Incubator to Help Ag-Related Tech Startups
Sioux Falls Business Journal via Argus Leader
In a few weeks, a $2 million technology center designed to help take university research to the commercial market will open its doors in Brookings, South Dakota. The Agriculture Technology Center for Rural Enterprise already has its first tenant, Prairie AquaTech, an aquaculture firm that uses South Dakota State University research to develop a soybean-based food for fish farms.

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IPO Names Top 100 Patenting Universities
Patent Docs
The Intellectual Property Owners recently published a list of the top 100 universities worldwide granted U.S. patents in 2013. Sixty-two percent of these universities are U.S. universities, with China — at 18 percent — being the foreign country with the largest number of patent-owning universities.

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UNM Tech Transfer Expands Impact on Local Economy
Albuquerque Journal
A new study by the University of New Mexico's Bureau of Business and Economic Research shows UNM's technology transfer program is having a noticeable impact on the local economy. BBER's new report estimates that 26 startup companies that formed with UNM technology since 2005 helped sustain 147 jobs with about $8.55 million in wages and benefits in 2013.

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Save the Dates for Upcoming AUTM Courses
Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
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.
Oct. 13–15 — Register Now
Denver, CO, USA

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

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

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AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices: Register Now
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. 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.

    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.

    Aug. 19
    Stakeholder Identification and Management
    Learn how to manage a large number of stakeholders with varying points of views on how and why knowledge exchange and commercialization activities should take place.

    Sept. 10
    Managing Your Agreement: What To Do When Things Don't Go According To Plan!
    Examines how to manage problems from a strategic perspective to protect the underlying interests and objectives in a university-industry business partnership.

    AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list.

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    Better World Project Featured Story — August 2014
    For people with compromised lung function — including ventilator-assisted patients and those with cystic fibrosis — a pseudomonas aeruginosa infection can be deadly. Fortunately, two scientists working across the country from one another joined forces to develop a molecule that prevents the toxic effects of this dangerous organism. Read more in "Lab-Produced Antibody Prevents a Deadly Bacteria From Spreading its Toxin."

    Then, 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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    AbTech Holdings Signs License Agreement With UALR Startup
    (PRNewswire via The Wall Street Journal)

    Minuscule Chips for NMR Spectroscopy Promise Portability, Parallelization
    (Harvard University)

    Allied Minds, Bristol-Myers Squibb Join to Foster Biopharmaceutical Research
    (Global University Venturing)


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