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Aug. 19 Webinar: Stakeholder Identification and Management
The technology transfer process involves many stakeholders with wide-ranging views and objectives. This AUTM webinar will address how to move ideas from the research lab to marketplace more effectively. Learn how to identify, assess and manage your key stakeholders, including senior university administration, industry partners, venture capitalists and politicians.

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2 Places Where University of California May Find its Startup Investing Mojo
San Francisco Business Times
While the University of California ponders just how it will make direct investments in some of the companies and technologies spun out of the 10-university system, it will benefit from looking at what works elsewhere. The 18-member UC Innovation Council, assembled by UC President Janet Napolitano, includes a number of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
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Johns Hopkins Accelerator Hits Capacity, Expands to East Baltimore
Baltimore Business Journal
Johns Hopkins University's FastForward business accelerator is so popular that the school is expanding it to a second location. FastForward, which is part of Johns Hopkins' Whiting School of Engineering, launched last year and is already at capacity with a total of 33 startups and projects. Administrators plan to expand the program in January to accommodate the high demand among students and faculty.
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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

Cambridge Startup Launches Miniature Gas Sensor for Mobiles
Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd., spun out of Cambridge University, has announced the CCS800 family of miniature gas sensors for the use of detecting alcohol and hazardous gases, such as carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.
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Intellectual Property: Valuable to Every Discipline
Intellectual property — patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets — plays a vital role in economic growth and prosperity. Yet outside of law schools, most American colleges provide little or no opportunity for students to receive any substantive instruction in it. As a result, students often graduate under the misimpression, no doubt shared by many of their professors, that IP is a topic of interest and relevance only to lawyers, with little connection to their own careers. That couldn't be more incorrect.
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Self-Cooling Solar Cells For Better Performance and Longevity
The Optical Society via Clean Technica
Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells, a team of researchers led by Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University, has found a way to let solar cells cool themselves by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation.
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  Online Trading Platform for IP

Developed and managed by Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Asia IP Exchange is a free online platform and database with over 25,000 IP projects from more than 20 countries and regions.

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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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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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  Startup Success

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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
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Denver, CO, USA

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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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A Breath Reveals Anticounterfeit Drug Labels
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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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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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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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. 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.

    Oct. 1
    Export Controls, MTAs, CDAs and LAs: What You Still Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble
    Explores the relationship between export controls and material transfer, confidentiality and license agreements.

    Oct. 9
    To Tweet or Not to Tweet?
    Learn the most constructive social media practices, including the smartest use of social media to drive professional development.

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

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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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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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    UCLA Startup Enters into $225 Million Agreement with Shire

    Northwestern University Startups Win Awards, 1871 Memberships
    (Chicago Business Journal)

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


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