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AUTM Webinars Offer Convenient, Low-Cost Tools and Training
Are you looking for a faster, easier way to find best-fit agreements for transferring your research materials? Tune into AUTM's webinar covering the MTA Toolkit, Nov. 20. Do you need a refresher course on the basics of patenting and tips on managing your patent counsel? Join Patenting 101 on Nov. 18. For more details on AUTM's live webinars or the library of more than 70 topics, visit AUTM Careers and Training.
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$200 Billion Could Be Added to Economic Output Annually by Unlocking Patents
Americans have long celebrated many things, but one of them has been our incredible ability to continue innovating. Much of what it means to be a modern society is due to innovations made or commercialized most successfully first in this country. The telephone, the automobile, the airplane, computers and software to operate them, air conditioning and the Internet were all commercialized by entrepreneurs in the U.S. Patents have been and remain critical to incentivizing innovation, which in turn is key to sustaining economic growth and increasing living standards.
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  NAI Conference March 19-20, 2015
Register now for the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, Mar. 19-20 at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. Conference features world class speakers including Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, special reception at California Science Center, and induction of the 2014 NAI Fellows.
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Combining Forensic Art and Technology to Catch Criminals
Michigan State University
Hand-drawn forensic sketches based on witness descriptions are a traditional yet time-consuming method used to catch criminals. But in some cases, authorities don't have the luxury of time. A new automated sketch recognition system developed at Michigan State University is changing this race against the clock. FaceSketchID System identifies criminals quickly and accurately by matching forensic sketches to large mug shot and photo databases maintained by law enforcement agencies.
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Cancer Research at Wichita State Could Reduce Side Effects from Chemotherapy
Wichita State University
Wichita State University researchers are working on a new system that could decrease the negative effects of cancer drugs on patients. WSU professors Ramazan Asmatulu, Paul Wooley and Shang-You Yang — along with several graduate students — are collaborating on research that involves the use of nanotechnology in helping patients undergoing cancer treatment. With that technology, the group has created nanomaterials and developed a magnetic-targeted drug delivery system with the goal of localizing as much as possible the cancer drugs to the tumor sites and therefore decreasing the negative effects of the drugs on the body.
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A Billion Holes Can Make a Battery
University of Maryland via R&D Magazine
Researchers at the University of Maryland have invented a single tiny structure that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components. The structure is called a nanopore: a tiny hole in a ceramic sheet that holds electrolyte to carry the electrical charge between nanotube electrodes at either end. The existing device is a test, but the bitsy battery performs well. First author Chanyuan Liu, a graduate student in materials science and engineering, says that it can be fully charged in 12 minutes, and it can be recharged thousands of times.
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Hear Steven Johnson at AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting
Hear the fascinating tale of remarkable innovations that transformed society. Attend the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting with keynote speaker Steven Johnson, co-creator and engaging host of the new six-part documentary series entitled "How We Got to Now."

To learn more about our keynote speaker, read this blog from Claire Driscoll, AUTM's assistant vice president for the Annual Meeting.

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Educational opportunities include Sponsorship Opportunities
A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2015 Annual Meeting. For details, contact Madhuri Carson by phone at 847-753-5217 or via email.

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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 2015.

Did you know?
If you're planning to attend the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting, set Feb. 22-25, in New Orleans, 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 and to renew, visit AUTM online, or contact AUTM headquarters at 847-559-0846 or via email.

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Candidates Selected for AUTM Election
Voting for AUTM's 2015 Board of Directors begins Dec. 5. View the biography and position statement for each of the selected candidates.

Deadline is Nov. 21 for qualified members interested in running for office to petition to be added to the ballot. Qualifications can be found in the position descriptions. Visit the board nominations page for more details regarding nomination process and timelines.

The Nominations and Awards Committee and Board of Directors thank everyone who submitted their name for consideration. It is through the continued dedication of its volunteers that AUTM continues to thrive.

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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 Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members.

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 focuses on a new tool designed to assist universities in transferring research materials, covers best practices for transferring materials between academic institutions and the use of MTA templates.

Feb. 3, 2015
An Insider's Guide to Effective Partnering at the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting
Join this free webinar and learn what to do before, during and after the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting to make it a productive event for you and your colleagues.

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Better World Project Featured Story
Infectious diseases have been making headlines recently, but fighting viruses with up-to-the-minute vaccines is a constant process. Helping to ensure timely flu vaccine development — and thus the health and well-being of millions around the world — is a plasmid rescue system developed by researchers at St. Jude's Children Hospital.

Read more in "Plasmid Rescue System Injects New Life Into Flu Vaccines." Then take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate, during the BWP 500. Gisele Roberts, research activities manager at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, just won $100. And you could be next!

For more information about the Better World Project, click here.

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

    When Lives Depend on Tech Transfer (IPWatchdog)
OHSU Sets Record for Research Income (Portland Tribune)
Funding and Energy Experts Converge in Austin, Nov. 11-13 (Defense Energy and AUTM)
UAB, SRI Have Plans to Spinoff More Success (Birmingham Business Journal)

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

BIO Asia International Conference
The BIO Asia International Conference brings together the global biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry to explore licensing and research collaborations in the current Asia-Pacific business and policy environments. Gain insights into the changes, challenges and opportunities key opinion and policy leaders foresee for the Japanese biotech market.

This exclusive conference, scheduled March 24-25 in Tokyo, welcomes more than 400 delegates from more than 170 companies and hosts over 800 one-on-one meetings. Registration opens in December. For more details, visit here.

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Help Improve the Patent Process
Volunteer as a guest lecturer as part of the Patent Examiner Technical Training Program. Showcase the latest advancements in your field. Your participation ensures patent examiners stay up-to-date on emerging trends, maturing technologies and recent innovations. It's easy to sign up.
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ASU Revises Royalty Policy Giving More Proceeds to Researchers
(Arizona State University)

Patent Awarded for Genetics-Based Nanotechnology Against Mosquitoes, Insect Pests
(Kansas State University via

Penn State Plans to Auction Off Patents


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