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AUTM Launches 2015 Venture Forum
New company creation and development has been an integral component of academic technology commercialization for decades. AUTM will celebrate this mission-critical function through the AUTM Venture Forum at the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting, scheduled Feb. 22-25, in New Orleans.

The AUTM 2015 Venture Forum will include a business plan competition, where academic-affiliated startup companies pitch their business opportunity to a panel of seasoned venture investors for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights. The event will provide valuable experience and feedback to our startup finalists, and it will be educational for meeting attendees who will observe firsthand the most effective means of communicating with our venture partners.
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Colorado State University Patents, Research Funding Strengthens Position in Innovation Ecosystem
Colorado State University
Colorado State University set new research records in fiscal year 2014, reinforcing CSU's role as a significant contributor to the state's innovation ecosystem. CSU researchers filed 122 invention disclosures and were issued 49 patents, beating out the previous records of 119 and 27 respectively. The university also tied its record for license agreements.
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Startups, Jobs, Economic Impact: An Analysis of
Commercialization at Wisconsin

Ever since a landmark law passed in 1980, universities have been able to reap financial rewards from federally funded technologies they develop by patenting them and selling licenses to companies large and small. Some universities have hit pay dirt, such as the University of Wisconsin with its anti-clotting drug warfarin and the University of Florida with Gatorade.
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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

University of California Launches $250 Million Venture Fund
San Francisco Business Times
The University of California will launch an independent fund to fuel investments in companies powered by its research, the university system announced. The fund, initially funded by up to $250 million from UC's Office of the Chief Investment Officer, will launch next year. No tuition or state funding will be used.
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Northeast Ohio Medical University Offers Home for Startups with Incubator
Akron Beacon Journal
Northeast Ohio Medical University wants to help startup biomedical companies develop roots in the region and grow locally. The university is starting a business incubator called the Research, Entrepreneurship, Discovery and Innovation Zone — REDIzone for short — in a renovated building on its Rootstown Township campus.
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$710,000 Award for Research Goes to SUNY
The State University of New York announced that it has received $710,000 for faculty and student research. According to a statement released by SUNY, the goal of this funding is to "increase research collaborations and spur commercialization activities between SUNY and industry partners in core research areas."
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5 Schools That Cater to Undergrads Who Want to Be Tech Innovators
Almost all entrepreneurship programs offer students the chance to develop new tech products. Here are five schools that highlight these opportunities for undergraduates.
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Register Now for the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting
It's time to register for the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting, being held Feb. 22-25, 2015, in New Orleans, LA, USA.

The AUTM Annual Meeting is the largest in-person gathering of academic technology transfer professionals. No other meeting offers this level of access to hundreds of decision makers for one low registration fee. Attendance is open to everyone. Register now.

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AUTM Accepting Literature Review Prize Applications
Academic Technology Transfer and Commercialization Graduate Student Literature Review Prize
Application deadline: Sept. 18

Every year, AUTM strives to recognize the hard work and successes achieved by technology transfer professionals. This prize recognizes the importance of academic research for informing technology transfer practice, providing an incentive to scholars to think about new ways that their work that can serve the AUTM membership.

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AUTM Partnering Forum — Neurologic and Orthopaedic Medical
Device Technology

Sept. 23-24
Hosted by Wake Forest Innovations
Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Last-minute, online registration available

View the 130-plus technologies being represented in Winston-Salem.

This new meeting format is specifically designed to foster business collaborations by facilitating networking, exchanging licensing opportunities and sharing technology interests. Register today, and add your technologies to our growing list.

Industry representatives will discover a productive networking environment for scouting academic medical device technologies. You will meet the right contacts for future research collaborations.

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  Startup Success

Eckman Basu LLP helps university/startups achieve value goals. With an extraordinary level of technical expertise, we understand your inventions and how to make them successful with patents and IP. --Our experience matters!

AUTM 2014 Western Region Meeting
The AUTM 2014 Western Region Meeting will gather colleagues from the western United States and Canada for an exciting program of educational and networking events designed to provide insights for experienced and new technology transfer professionals.
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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.

To ensure the confidentiality of the survey data, those of you who requested participation in the survey received an email directly from AUTM's vendor, Peerfocus, with the subject line "2014 AUTM Salary Survey Has Launched" from John Ritter under this email.

If you did not receive the original email with log-in instructions AND you are responsible for salary information of your colleagues in your technology transfer office, please email here, and cc Chrys Gwellem and David Morgan to request your personalized link and log-in information to the survey.

If you did not receive the original email with log-in instructions AND you are NOT responsible for salary information of your colleagues, there is no action required from you at this time. If you have questions about the content or purpose of the survey, contact Chrys Gwellem at AUTM headquarters 847-559-0846.

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Washington Startup to Develop Game-Changing Cancer Therapies
University of Washington via
Medical Xpress

Taiwan-based BRIM (Beyond Research and Innovative Medicines) Biotechnology has entered into an agreement with University of Washington biotech startup Compliment Corporation to develop Compliment's two oncology platform technologies based on the research of André Lieber, UW professor of medicine. Both technologies incorporate recombinant proteins aimed at improving efficacy and decreasing toxicity of current and new cancer therapies.

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Oregon BEST takes a second look at 'LilyPads'
Portland Business Journal
Oregon BEST has awarded a second round of commercialization funding to Puralytics to support ongoing research into solar-activated stormwater treatment. OregonBEST invested $94,000 to help construct the Oregon State University-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research Facility. The Corvallis, Oregon, lab has three large, outdoor tanks where stormwater can be monitored.

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A Push to Sell Research at Minnesota
Minnesota Daily
The University of Minnesota is taking its "Driven to Discover" mantra outside of classrooms and labs by arming faculty and student researchers with new initiatives to turn their breakthroughs into businesses. Last year, faculty research helped create 15 startup companies — a figure the institution's officials are looking to expand. This fall, an intensive startup course aimed at helping science, technology, engineering and mathematics students turn their studies into business ventures received backing from the National Science Foundation for the first time.

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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

Course Highlights
  • Hiring staff in a small office
  • How to get recognized for licensing by larger companies
  • Brainstorm how to take advantage of your local ecosystem
  • Measuring success in a small office
If you have any questions, please fee free to contact AUTM or Mike Rondelli.

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

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AUTM Partnering Forum — Energy Technologies
Oct. 22-23, 2014
Rice University
Houston, TX USA

Join AUTM at Rice University for a unique opportunity to network with industry partners while showcasing your institution and its available technologies.

Includes a reverse showcase of presentations from our industry partners highlighting technological areas of interest and how to best work with their company; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to energy technologies; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering. Learn more.

Industry partners attending: Registration Information. Hotel & Travel Information.
View schedule at a glance.

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Register Now for AUTM TOOLS and Essentials Courses
Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
Oct. 13-15
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.

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

Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course
Oct. 13–15
Denver, CO, USA

The Essentials course teaches skills and resources necessary to function effectively at evaluating inventions and negotiating license agreements.

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

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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.

View the faculty.

Why you should attend:
  • Learn more about assessing unmet clinical needs and the product development lifecycle
  • Gain insight into the effective patent filing strategies
  • Network with key industry players
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
  • Much more!
Nov 12-13
Chicago Marriott O'Hare
Rosemont, IL, USA

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.
View Schedule at a Glance. Download the Program.

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

    Tech Transfer Industry Report Shows Steady Growth, Cites Importance of Federal Research Funding (Business Wire)
Purdue: Innovation Could Improve Stimulation Treatments for Patients with Chronic Pain (Imperial Valley News)
New Competition Seeks and Rewards Innovative Institutions in Medtech (Medline)
UC Davis Working with China to Regulate Electric Cars (Sacramento Business Journal)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

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

Sept. 24
Innovation Funds - Direct Cash Investing: Approaches and Challenges
Addresses how external funds can help support emerging university technologies and how to best position your university to take advantage of these opportunities. Includes making direct cash investments (beyond patents) in select embryonic technologies to facilitate commercialization.

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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AUTM Launches BWP 500 Contest
AUTM is introducing the BWP 500 contest in September. The new initiative, which is available exclusively to AUTM members, is designed to help the association reach its goal of 500 technologies in the Better World Project database by the 2015 Annual Meeting.

AUTM members who enter technologies into the database during this monthly contest will be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate. In addition, their technologies will be considered for Featured Stories — professionally written articles that are hosted on the BWP website and promoted via AUTM's various media outlets.

Click here for more information on the contest.

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University Investment: To Fund or Not to Fund?
(Global University Venturing)

NantBioScience Ties with University of Colorado

BEST Fest: Bend Startup Gets $3 Million to Drive Compressed Natural Gas Work
(Portland Business Journal)


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