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Genomind Announces Licensing Agreement with Emory University to Commercialize Novel Alzheimer's Risk Biomarkers
Genomind, a personalized medicine company, has announced a licensing agreement with Emory University to partner in the commercialization of the first blood-based screening test for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Under terms of the agreement, which were not disclosed, Genomind has exclusive rights to commercialize blood-based protein biomarkers for assessing risk of MCI and AD.
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Colorado Looking to Galaxy to Tackle Glaucoma
Global University Venturing
The University of Colorado has exported rights to commercialize an implantable medical device to tackle the efforts of glaucoma to local medtech firm Galaxy Ophthalmics. Colorado's innovation allows doctors to have greater control of the drainage rate both during surgery and for months to years following it, improving patient outcomes.
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Minnesota Research-based Startups Honored
Minnesota Daily
Two startup companies that rely on University of Minnesota research projects are being recognized for their innovative use of federal funding. The Science Coalition, a national nonprofit that advocates for federal investment in research universities, recognized Heat Mining Company LLC and Steady State Imaging as leading examples of using federal funding to conduct research that led to economic growth.
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  NAI Conference March 6-7, 2014

Register now for the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, Mar. 6-7 at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Conference features world class speakers, “Night at the Museum” event in Flag Hall at the Smithsonian, and the induction of the 2013 NAI Fellows. Register and read more

Tiny Laser Gives Big Boost to High-Speed Data Transmission
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via
High-speed communication just got a turbo boost, thanks to a new laser technology developed at the University of Illinois that transmits error-free data over fiber optic networks at a blazing fast 40 gigabits per second — the fastest in the United States.
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Penn Research Commercialization Quadruples Over 4 Years
The Daily Pennsylvanian
In fiscal year 2011, the University of Pennsylvania made $14 million from its research. Research at the university has seen a rise in commercialization, meaning that it is monetized through business ventures like startup companies and licensing agreements with corporations. In 2012, the university held 186 commercialization agreements, compared to only 46 agreements in 2008.
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Ohio Hospital Execs: Pediatrics Has an 'Unlimited Supply' of Unsolved Clinical Problems
MedCity News
Commercializing new products in pediatrics comes with many challenges — among them that children make up a small percentage of the population but have very specialized needs. Hospitals, foundations and academic institutions in Ohio have really prioritized pediatric innovation over the past several years. Leaders at some of state's children's hospitals shared the unmet needs most critical to them and their institutions on a panel at trade group BioOhio's annual conference.
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2 Nashville Startups Compete for $1 Million Prize in Global Food and Health Innovation Challenge
The Tennessean
Two Nashville startup companies, InvisionHeart and Utilize Health, are finalists for the Global Food and Health Innovation Challenge and will compete next week for the $1 million prize. InvisionHeart, led by CEO Josh Nickols, was created by a group at Vanderbilt University.
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AUTM Begins Search for New Executive Director
The core purpose of the Association for University Technology Managers (AUTM) is to support and advance academic technology transfer globally. The organization represents more than 3,200 members, including university professionals, industry representatives, legal counsel and anyone interested in the advancement of technology research.

The next step in the organization's evolution is engaging an executive director from the technology transfer community who understands the issues facing technology transfer professionals. This new, visionary leader will work with AUTM leadership and others to take the association to an even greater level of representation and service to members.

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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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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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Analyzing 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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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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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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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 fully customized to fit your needs. Opportunities are going fast. Submit your contract.

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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. While there will be some nods to the past, the celebration will be very forward thinking, and AUTM needs YOUR help!

The Next 40 Years in Technology Transfer: So much has happened in the last 40 years. What do you think will happen in the next 40 years? Submit your ideas for what the future holds. Members will vote on their favorite!

Help Us Identify 40 University Innovations Worth Celebrating: Identify the innovations that have made the biggest impact. Share your creative ideas for a chance to have your idea featured on the AUTM 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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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Patents: Universities Profit from Products (Nature)
Michigan Logs Record Number of Inventions, Names Med School Innovation Chief (Xconomy)
Arizona's New Tech Transfer Effort Takes Flight (Arizona Daily Star)
Analyzing Barriers to Cancer Research Commercialization (University of Kentucky via Medical Xpress)

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

AUTM Webinars
AUTM has announced the following webinars:
    TODAY! Nov. 7, Noon-1:30 p.m. EST
    Assignments, Declarations & POAs
    This webinar is designed for administrative and support staff, however; all audiences will benefit from hearing the latest information regarding this topic.

    Nov. 13, Noon-1:30 p.m. EST
    Taming the MTA Beast: Tips for Negotiating & Managing Material Transfer Agreements
    This online course is designed for technology transfer professionals and other university or nonprofit research institutional administrators who have MTA management responsibilities. All levels are welcome, and there will be something for everyone.

    Nov. 19, Noon-1:30 p.m. EST
    Post-grant Proceedings Under the AIA
    This course is designed for technology transfer professionals and university general counsel, as well as outside counsel interested in learning more about the issues associated with post-grant review proceedings.

    Dec. 4, Noon-1:30 p.m. EST
    Royalties and Relationships – Keeping Current, Complete and Congenial
    This webinar is ideal for any licensor interested in improving management of licensee relationships related to financial reporting and collections.
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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Better World Project Featured Stories
As the sweet potato's popularity takes root, North Carolina State University's Covington variety is helping the farming business grow. Get the dirt on how this healthy vegetable sprouted in this month's Better World Project Featured Story.

Then take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the Featured Stories. This new video from editor Laura Savatski explains how.

Or, create a customized report of the stories from your institution that may be already in the database.

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Medical Device Impact Study RFP: Deadline Nov. 11
AUTM, through the generous support of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, is seeking proposals from individuals that can determine-through research-the impact of academic institutions and academic medical centers on the development of medical devices used in healthcare.

The selected party will conduct the research and produce a report detailing the impact academia has had on the development of medical devices on the market, complete with corresponding research strategy, methodology and support data.

The study award amount will depend on budgetary needs for the winning proposal, but will fall within the range of $40,000 and $60,000 for the entire term of the study. Read the RFP for full details. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 11.

Questions? Contact Chrys Gwellem at AUTM headquarters at 1-847-559-0846, Ext. 360 or via email.

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Self Family Foundation Creates Clemson Genetics Endowed Chair
(Clemson University)

Environmental Technology Centre Gives Wide Range of Solutions and Services
(Derby Telegraph)

US-Russia Innovation Corridor Hosts Biotech and IT Startups
(PRNewswire via The Sacramento Bee)


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