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AUTM Partnering Forum — Energy Technologies
Join AUTM at Rice University Oct. 22 and 23 for a unique opportunity to network with industry partners while showcasing your institution and its available technologies. The forum 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.
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Buffalo Biotech Startup Sells Rights to Potential Muscular
Dystrophy Treatment

The Buffalo News
Tonus Therapeutics, a Buffalo biotech startup company that is pursuing a treatment for a form of muscular dystrophy based on a protein found in tarantula venom, has sold the rights to the drug to Akashi Therapeutics, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, clinical stage biopharmaceutical firm.
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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

UCF Reports Record $145.6 Million in Research Funding in FY14
University of Central Florida
Researchers at the University of Central Florida set a new record in funded research in fiscal year 2014, receiving $145.6 million, 30 percent more than the previous year. The funding totals reflect successful collaborations with industry, a record total for federal defense grants and continued growth in commercialization and innovation activity.
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Purdue Welcomes 24 New Startup Companies
Starting a business can be hard. Just ask startup company Spero Energy's Ian Klein. Spero Energy is one of 24 startup companies using technology licensed at Purdue University named in this year's "Class of 2014." That number is up from just eight companies last year. Spero uses woody biomass to make chemicals that can be used in the flavor and fragrance industry. Klein said the company is on the road to success because of help from the university.
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UH Forms Partnership With Foundation Fighting Blindness to Speed Treatments to Market
Fresh Water
The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals has announced that it has joined with the Foundation Fighting Blindness in Columbia, Maryland, which was co-founded by former Cleveland Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund in 1971, to form a new initiative for fighting blindness.
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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!


Register Now for the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting — View the
Preliminary Program

It's time to register for the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting, being held Feb. 22-25, 2015, in New Orleans, LA, USA.

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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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How Do Great Ideas and Inventions Happen? Tune In Oct. 15
Steven Johnson, keynote speaker for AUTM 2105 Annual Meeting, hosts "How We Got To Now," a six-part series that will air starting Oct. 15 on PBS. Johnson explores humankind's insatiable desire to find answers, invent solutions and make the world a better place. Learn more.
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Advance Your Career Through Certification
Advance your career. Attend AUTM events offering continuing education credits for Certified Licensing Professionals. Certification validates a certain level of understanding, experience and knowledge — all of which are important to employers hoping to maintain the highest skilled staff. Robin Rasor, an AUTM past president and managing director of licensing at the University of Michigan, describes the importance of certification within the technology transfer industry.
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Rembrandt University Solutions
Whether engaging in a review of a university’s entire portfolio or investigating a single instance of potential patent infringement, Rembrandt invests its own time and capital to evaluate and diligence monetization options...
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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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Invention disclosure triage for TTO's and IP professionals. Our systematic approach yields an objective analysis by highly trained professionals who provide a report assessing any idea, technology or IP and its commercial potential in 10 business days for under $1,000.

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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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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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Rutgers Student Creates Agent to Clear Biological Tissues
The Daily Targum
A company that students at Rutgers started has now been sold to more than 100 universities, and the founders are currently meeting with pharmaceutical companies to advance their product. Visikol is a new brand of clearing agent that has been gaining attention for its ability to clear all kinds of biological tissues from plants to animals, said Tom Villani, the product's creator and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Rutgers.

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Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Bayh-Dole
They say when speaking that you should repeat your message at least three times. Here's the first: Bayh-Dole has succeeded beyond anyone's wildest imagination. It was not created to benefit universities but the American taxpayer. You are the stewards of a public trust and have an obligation to defend and protect the law in the same way as the founders of AUTM protected it for you.

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Partnership Will Tackle Innovative Methods of Converting Food Wastes
University of Hawaii at Manoa
The nonprofit group Energy Excelerator has announced its selection of 17 grantee companies for 2015, its largest cohort to date. Among its grantees is the partnership between the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Bioenergy and Environment Research Group and the bioconversion company, ProtaCulture LLC, which was selected from a pool of over 250 applicants.

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AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices
Nov 12-13
Chicago Marriott O'Hare
Rosemont, IL, USA

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.

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

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

Nov. 12
How to Get Things Done: A System to Effectively Manage Your Stakeholders
This webinar will explore the various stakeholders, provide simple tools that can be used to identify and prioritize your stakeholders and offer a system and tips that can be used to help manage them. Register today and learn more.

Nov. 18
Basic Patenting 101 & Working with Patent Counsel
Register for this introductory webinar and learn more about basic elements of a patent, process of drafting, filing patent applications, strategies used by universities to obtain and leverage intellectual property protections and much more.

Nov. 20
A Faster, Easier Way to Create Best-Fit Material Transfer Agreements
This free webinar is designed to assist universities in transferring research materials. Also covers best practices for transferring materials between academic institutions, the use of MTA templates for situations where existing standards are not a good fit and much more.

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

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AUTM Announces BWP Contest Winner for September
Skip Cynar, licensing officer at the University of California, San Diego, won a $100 gift certificate during the AUTM BWP 500 contest for September. The new initiative, 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 hosted on the BWP website and promoted via AUTM’s various media outlets.

For more information on the contest, go to

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BIO-Europe to Host Advanced Business Development Course
EBD Group
BIO-Europe, Europe's largest partnering conference serving the global biotechnology industry, will be held Nov. 3-5 in Frankfurt, Germany. Conference attendees can also register for the Advanced Business Development Course, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Space is limited for this intense, three-day session providing hands-on training from veteran business development professionals and legal advisers using real-world case studies.

Click here to learn how you can bring your skills in valuation, negotiation and contracts to the next level.

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Purdue Startup Helps App Developers Identify Code That Quickly Drains Smartphone Batteries
(Purdue University via

Wayne State's Inaugural Innovation Fellows Program Discovers Potential New Startup Company Opportunities

Pitt, Carnegie Mellon a Part of $24 Million Fund for Innovation Works Project
(Global University Venturing)


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