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Oct. 27, 2011

Shooting ourselves in the foot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Obviously, the universe enjoys irony. How else to explain the simultaneous issuance of the President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness interim report with recommendations that would wreak havoc on university technology transfer, and an article in the Wall Street Journal crediting the same system as one of the three policies that gave us the jobs economy. When asked how he felt about a blunder made by one of his politically appointed generals, President Abraham Lincoln said "It hurts too much to laugh, and I'm too big to cry." When considering these recommendations of the report, it's easy to feel the same way. If adopted, they undermine the Bayh-Dole Act, which allows universities and small companies to own and manage inventions they make with federal funds. There is considerable evidence of the harm such an action would do to the U.S. economy, undercutting the very objectives of the Council. More

Patent ruling sets back EU stem cell scientists
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Europe's top court ruled that any research involving the destruction of human embryos can't be patented, a decision that deals a blow to scientists on the continent but gives an edge to those in the U.S. and other countries. The ruling by the European Court of Justice doesn't prevent scientists from experimenting with cells plucked from human embryos — which destroys the embryo — but it removes a key commercial incentive for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to back stem cell research in Europe. More

New Clemson University technology can guide lake level management
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A $3 million federal grant announced by Clemson University President Jim Barker will put monitoring sensors along the length of the Savannah River to relay real-time data that could help officials better protect and manage water resources from the Upstate lakes to the coast. The advanced technology advanced technology uses small battery operated computers contained in a buoy system anchored to the river floor. University patents are pending. More

Doubling EV range with solid state batteries
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To make the next generation of lithium ion batteries, startup Satki3 is making batteries on equipment normally used to make potato chip bags. Many battery startups are using different methods to boost the performance of today's lithium ion batteries which are used in consumer electronics and electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. Leyden Energy, for example, has developed a new electrolyte for lithium ion batteries to improve the battery life for laptops. Sakti3 was spun out of the University of Michigan to commercialize the work done at Sastry's lab on batteries that don't require a liquid electrolyte, an entirely different approach from traditional batteries. More

University of Colorado professor receives patent for vaccine
Boulder County Business Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
University of Colorado - Boulder professor Robert L. Garcea received a patent for a vaccine that may prevent HPV infection, a sexually transmitted disease, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said. Garcea was not immediately available for comment about the patent approval. He works in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology department at the University of Colorado - Boulder. More

New technology reduces agricultural water consumption
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Faculty at the University of Georgia have invented an easy-to-use, GPS-based technology that allows farmers to more accurately target irrigation needs, reducing water consumption by an average of 15 percent. Most of our water use worldwide goes to agriculture, so reducing that amount will be critical as our population grows and climate change makes water supplies less predictable. More

Startup incubator to tap intellectual property from Boston university labs
Boston Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new type of startup incubator is setting up shop in Massachusetts, one that won’t be divvying up its office space between a group of young aspiring entrepreneurs with big ambitions. Instead, Atlantic VIC — which stands for Virtual Incubation Company — will handle the business development end of things for its startups. And those startups will be built from scratch, using intellectual property from university labs in the Boston area. More

AUTM Annual Meeting — Schedule now available
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Are you new to the AUTM Annual Meeting? Attend the Freshman Orientation and Networking Event on Wednesday, March 14. This event is designed to help you maximize your experience at the AUTM Annual Meeting. #AUTM2012 More

AUTM Venture Forum
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Friday, March 16
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The AUTM 2012 Venture Forum will provide AUTM attendees the opportunity to hear from and interact with some of the top institutional and corporate venture investors in the country. The Venture Forum will consist principally of two events: the business plan competition and a venture capital panel discussion.

$10 million fund to spur commercialization at UT institutions (The University of Texas)

New University of Minnesota startup may save victims of blood loss and trauma (Business @ the U of M)

Unique mobility products from University of Utah program enhance lives of the physically disabled (Business Wire via MarketWatch)

Purdue launches service to commercialize mobile apps (Campus Technology)


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