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Companies Created from Federally Funded University Research Fuel American Innovation, Economic Growth
The Science Coalition
A new report released illustrates one of the many returns on investment of federally funded scientific research — the creation of new companies. "Sparking Economic Growth 2.0" highlights 100 companies that trace their roots to federally funded university research and their role in bringing transformational innovations to market, creating new jobs and contributing to economic growth.
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Toledo Startup IRISense LLC Develops Noninvasive Method for Blood Glucose Monitoring
MedCity News
Professor Brent Cameron at the College of Bioengineering at the University of Toledo developed a mobile app as a noninvasive way to measure blood glucose. His technology is now being handled by IRISense, a Toledo startup company to further advance it for commercialization.
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Patents: Universities Profit from Products
The 1980 Bayh-Dole Act sparked a revolution in U.S. academic innovation by allowing universities to keep their federally funded intellectual property. The return on investment for universities' intellectual property is enormous — and not only about the bottom line. (Subscription required)
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Grand Valley State/Saginaw Valley State Program to Help Commercialize Ag-based Innovations
A newly formed joint venture between the Grand Valley State University Center For Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Saginaw Valley State University wants to encourage agricultural technology startups to drive innovation in Michigan. Program Director Julie Cowie told MiBiz that the organization seeks to engage people in the agricultural sector with high-level ideas and bring them through to commercialization.
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  NAI Fellows: Call for Nominations
Nominate your distinguished faculty inventors as 2013 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Last year’s Fellows class of 101 distinguished innovators included 8 Nobel Laureates, 14 university presidents, 7 National Medal winners, 53 members of the National Academies, 11 Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, … Read More

UCLA Startup NanoH20 Invests $45 Million to Change the Economics of Desalination in China
Greentech Media
A well-funded, Los Angeles-based startup, NanoH2O is commercializing a new membrane material based on technology developed by UCLA's Eric Hoek. The firm has had a measure of success with deployments across the globe, and the company has won more than $85 million in funding and credit facilities from Khosla Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, BASF, Total and CalPERS Clean Energy & Technology Fund.
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Arizona's New Tech Transfer Effort Takes Flight
Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona computer science professor Rick Snodgrass and his colleagues thought their technology to speed up database management systems might have some value in the marketplace. But neither Snodgrass nor his partners had ever started a company before. Enter Tech Launch Arizona, UA's new technology commercialization arm.
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Michigan Logs Record Number of Inventions, Names Med School
Innovation Chief

About a year ago, the University of Michigan made a decision to focus on "encouraging and motivating" faculty to submit high-value ideas about new technology or inventions that could one day lead to commercialization, according Ken Nisbet, who directs the university’s Office of Tech Transfer. Nisbet said the university felt it had a lot of untapped talent, which turned out to be true.
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New Study Analyzes Barriers to Cancer Research Commercialization
University of Kentucky via Medical Xpress
A new study led by the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Assistant Director for Research Nathan Vanderford cites a combination of factors that prevent academic-based cancer research faculty from ultimately commercializing their work.
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The University of California Releases IP Awareness Training for Researchers
The University of California has launched a new online, self-paced primer on intellectual property protections, "Intellectual Property Essentials for Academic Researchers." This free course explores the four main types of protections for IP — patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

To view the course or obtain a copy for noncommercial use, visit the IP Awareness Training website or contact via email.

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AUTM's 40th Anniversary Celebration
AUTM celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, and we'll kick off the yearlong celebration at the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting.

So much has happened in the last 40 years. What do you think will happen in the next 40 years? What will this profession look like? Submit your ideas for what the future holds. We'll ask members to vote for their favorite, so submit your ideas now.

Help Us Identify 40 University Innovations Worth Celebrating: All commercialized university inventions help the world, but we're trying to identify those that have made the biggest impact. Share your creative ideas on the next 40 years and on 40 innovations worth celebrating for a chance to have YOUR idea featured on our website and at the Annual Meeting. Submit your ideas the following ways:
  • Tweet them using the hashtag #AUTM40th
  • Post them on the AUTM LinkedIn Group
  • Email them here
Congratulate AUTM on its 40th anniversary with a video message! We'll feature select video messages on the AUTM website, and also share them at the Annual Meeting. Send videos via email here.

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AUTM Membership Renewal
It's time to reiterate your commitment to lifelong learning and confirm your affiliation with the world's premier academic technology transfer community by renewing your AUTM membership for 2014. If you're planning to attend the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting, Feb. 19-22, in San Francisco, CA, your membership discount for this meeting alone will more than offset the cost of your membership. There are plenty of other membership features and benefits, too. Read about them here.

For more information, contact AUTM headquarters at or 1-847-559-0846.

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Register Now for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting
It's time to register for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting, being held Feb. 19–22, 2014, in San Francisco, CA, 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.
  • New This Year: Free Mini-Courses!
    This year, AUTM is offering four mini-courses that will allow you to experience AUTM’s professional development programs free of charge. Learn more.
  • Additional Professional Development Opportunities
    Maximize your time out of the office by signing up for an AUTM professional development course. Learn more about the courses available this year.

Register online now. Accommodations & travel information. Detailed program.

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WARF Donates to Howard Bremer Scholarships to Honor a Pioneer
AUTM started the Howard Bremer Scholarships in 2002 to support students and professionals new to the technology transfer field. Since its inception AUTM has funded these scholarships from its operating account. During Howard’s last days, the WARF Board of Directors decided to donate $53,000 to AUTM to support the scholarship.

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US Approves Drug Developed from UWA Technology
A technology project originally developed by researchers at The University of Western Australia has secured approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration for its first drug. The FDA has approved Zorvolex, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug to treat mild-to-moderate acute pain in adults.

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University of Rochester Creates URVentures
Democrat & Chronicle
University of Rochester officials have renamed their technology transfer office URVentures and announced a new plan to aggressively pursue the commercialization of technologies developed by its researchers and students. The new name, per UR's associate vice president for innovation and technology commercialization, is "trying to make a clean break from the past."

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2014 Annual Meeting Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities
Prime booth space at the AUTM Annual Meeting is limited. Act now to secure this opportunity to unveil products and services, investigate resources and build client relationships. Register to exhibit.

Looking for another way to reach your target audience? Consider a sponsorship package. Packages range from $1,000 to $25,000 and can be full customized to fit your needs. Opportunities are going fast. Submit your contract.

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

    University of Rochester Creates URVentures (Democrat & Chronicle)
Johns Hopkins' New Tech Transfer Chief Talks Priorities, Startup Tips (Baltimore Business Journal)
WARF Donates to Howard Bremer Scholarships to Honor a Pioneer (AUTM)
Doug Moe: A Passion for Patents (Wisconsin State Journal)
US Approves Drug Developed from UWA Technology (HealthCanal)

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AUTM Webinars
AUTM has announced the following webinars: To view the complete list of upcoming webinars, click here. AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list.
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UT Licenses Technology to Prolong
(The University of Toledo)

North Carolina A&T, InCube Deal Moves Biometals Toward Commercialization
(The Business Journal)

Cornell 'Leading the Effort' in Spurring Startups, University Says
(The Cornell Daily Sun)

UCLA Startup Raises $5 Million in Series A Financing
(PRNewswire via The Sacramento Bee)


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