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Helping 18 Startups Grow: University of Michigan Venture Accelerator 'Surpassed Everyone's Expectations'    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the past year and a half, Laura Schrader and her colleagues at the startup 3D Biomatrix haven't had to worry about their Internet and phone connection, getting access to specialized research labs or attaining expert advice on their next big business move. It's all at their fingertips. Schrader is one of roughly 50 people working at the University of Michigan Venture Accelerator, an incubator of sorts intended to give businesses that spin out of university inventions and patents a leg up in the increasingly competitive and risky startup world. A year and seven months after it launched, the venture accelerator houses 18 university startups with a waiting list of more to join. More

Senate Bill Would Set Aside $200M for Biotech Commercialization
The Business Review (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing a bill to create a $200 million fund to help biotech companies move discoveries out of the lab and into the marketplace. Gillibrand (D-NY) announced the legislation, called the America Innovates Act, today at the University at Albany's East Campus. Under the bill, research institutions would be able to tap into what would be called the American Innovation Bank for money to commercialize scientific discoveries. Gillibrand said Congress has already set aside the funds for research and development. She is seeking to have that money reallocated. More

2 Reasons for Optimism Right Now in University Technology Transfer
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From commercialization partnerships to startup incubators and new sources of funding, universities seem to be getting creative in how they're breathing innovative thinking into their technology commercialization efforts. "I think there's renewed interest in tech transfer in that universities are seeing themselves going beyond just generating knowledge and realizing they need to generate solutions to problems," said Don Rose, director of the University of North Carolina's Carolina KickStart program. More

University of Nevada Researcher to Optimize New Rapid Test for Melioidosis
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A new rapid test to diagnose melioidosis, a difficult infection to treat — and classified as a biothreat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — is being optimized and tested by University of Nevada School of Medicine researcher David AuCoin. A $600,000 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant through the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program recognizes the potential of AuCoin's work and supports making the new rapid test for point-of-care diagnosis of melioidosis available to countries where the disease is endemic, and expanding. More

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Tech Transfer Summit North America Coming in October
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Tech Transfer Summit Ltd. will be holding its third annual Tech Transfer Summit (TTS) North America on October 22-23, 2012 at John Hopkins University in Montgomery County, MD. The Summit focuses on dialogue, partnering, licensing and technology transfer between public sector research technology transfer offices and senior industry licensing and business development executives, and serves as an international think-tank for technology transfer professionals, researchers, business angels, Government funding bodies, venture capitalists, financiers and financial service providers, and the legal profession in the biotechnology and life sciences sectors. More

Spin-Out Firm's Five-Year Plan to Tackle Superbugs
The Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new drug development company is rolling out its five-year plan to tackle infections such as MRSA and e-coli from an incubator suite at Newcastle University. Demuris, a university bio-technology spin-out which is developing antibiotics, has received around £1m of funding from the Technology Strategy Board and Newcastle-based venture capital firm Rivers Capital, as well as the European Regional Development Fund. The firm is currently being run by a small group of academics after they identified the growing need for new antibiotics as bacteria evolve and become resistant to existing drugs. More

Smith & Nephew Loses Appeals Ruling on Wake Forest Patents
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington today said a trial judge erred in ruling the two patents invalid, and remanded the case to the lower court. The university, which licensed its inventions to Kinetic Concepts Inc., can seek to reinstate a jury verdict it won against Smith & Nephew. Wake Forest developed the technology that uses a type of suction, or negative pressure, to close large wounds instead of relying on staples or sutures. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based school presented testimony that devices with its inventions have been used on more than 3 million patients, and changed the way surgeons treat serious wounds, according to the ruling today. Mike Barger, a spokesman for closely held Kinetic Concepts, said the company is no longer a party to the case. A federal jury in March 2010 sided with Wake Forest and Kinetic Concepts that Smith & Nephew's Renasys-F dressing kit infringed the patents. The jury rejected Smith & Nephew's claims the patents covered obvious variations of earlier research. More

New directory showcases UVa research products
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The University of Virginia on Monday introduced an online portal that compiles and showcases more than 70 products based on discoveries or research that originated at UVa. The website,, features details on the development and commercialization process for business, consumer, computer-related, medical and therapeutic products. About 40 of the products are available on the market. "It's clear from the pipeline that UVa researchers are doing incredibly innovative work with applications in a variety of commercial markets," said Michael P. Straightiff, director of UVa’s Licensing & Ventures Group. "We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to drive these products — and future collaborations — ahead." More

New Biofuels Patented in Wisconsin
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A social innovation process patented at Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point could bring economic growth and jobs to the state of Wisconsin. WIST has completed seven years of work on a new biofuels patent and cleverly perfected a process that takes biomass and other products from plant material, separates its key components, turning them into fuel, carbon fibre and rubber for tyres. The aim of this faculty is to create new approaches to meet current environmental and economic challenges. Eric Singsaas, associate professor of biology at UW-Stevens Point and co-inventor of the biofuels process says, "This gives us an economically viable way to use grass, trees or wood waste to make renewable fuels and chemicals. We're not just making fuel. We're making value-added products." More

University of Houston Researcher Develops Solar Panel Coating
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A University of Houston researcher has developed a nanoparticle coating for solar panels that makes it easier to keep the panels clean, which helps maintain their efficiency and reduces the maintenance and operations costs. The patent-pending coating developed by physics professor Seamus "Shay" Curran, director of UH's Institute for NanoEnergy, has successfully undergone testing at the Dublin Institute for Technology and will undergo field trials being conducted by an engineering firm in North Carolina. Curran said the June testing in Ireland and the field trials being done at Livingston & Haven in Charlotte, N.C., represent significant steps forward in moving the coating and a related technology to the marketplace. A demonstration of the coating was conducted Aug. 10, 2012 at Livingston & Haven. More

Scientist Invents Pocket Living Room TV
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Leaving your TV show midway because you had to leave your home will no longer happen as you can now 'pull' the program on your TV screen onto your tablet and continue watching it seamlessly. The world's first 'pick up and throw back' video feature allows your video and chat sessions to be screened wherever you go, providing continuous social engagement in today's world. This innovative multi-screen mobile social TV experience is now being made into reality by Assistant Professor Wen Yonggang from the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). It has already attracted the attention of both local and international telecommunication giants who have expressed interest in integrating this technology into their existing cable networks as a market differentiator for cable television and mobile networks. With discussions currently underway, the public here can expect to see videos and TV shows on the go together with their friends on the 'cloud' in about two years' time. More

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AUTM Announces Annual Meeting 2013 Keynote Speaker, Fireside Chat Guest
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The AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting, Feb. 27 - March 2, San Antonio, TX USA will offer many new sessions on hot topics. The Annual Meeting Planning Committee has just announced the keynote speaker and this year's Fireside Chat participant.

Judge Randall Rader, Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will speak about recent court decisions and the potential impact of the America Invents Act on technology transfer, among other issues, at our fireside chat on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6 – 7 p.m.

The 2013 Annual Meeting keynote speaker will be Eric Ries, an entrepreneur and author of the popular blog Startup Lessons Learned. Ries will speak during the plenary session on Feb. 28.

AUTM to Release Licensing Survey Highlights, Data Appendix, Aug. 27
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For the past several years, AUTM has released highlights of its annual Licensing Activity Survey to AUTM members several months prior to the release of the survey reports.

This year, in an effort to provide members and survey participants with meaningful survey data sooner, AUTM will make the institution-specific information (data appendix) available at the same time as the Highlights of the AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2011 and the Highlights of the AUTM Canadian Licensing Activity Survey: FY2011.

If your institution participated in the survey, you are entitled to a complimentary copy of the highlights and the data appendix that you may share with your institution’s stakeholders. This complimentary copy will be send to the person who completed the survey for your institution on Aug. 27. Institutions that did not participate in the survey may purchase the data appendix online Aug. 27.

Fruity Science Halves Fat in Chocolate
(University of Warwick)

Purdue Innovations to Be Showcased Aug. 21 For Licensing, Commercialization Deals
(Purdue University)

Clemson Receives Grant to Advance Key Surgical Procedure
(Clemson University)

An Artificial Retina with the Capacity to Restore Normal Vision
(Cornell University)


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