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Dec. 1, 2011

Private investment in university research jumps 20 percent
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Industry funding of Canadian university research jumped 20 percent last year, the latest report on the commercialization of scholarly invention says. Private companies committed $795 million toward innovative university research, out of a total research budget of $6.1 billion for the 2010 financial year. Most of the increases were seen in Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton, says the survey report released by the Association of University Technology Managers. The survey does not collect company names, said Sarah Howe, a report contributor and York University's associate director of intellectual property and research agreements. More

EU court backs longer patent protection for combined drugs
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The European Union's highest court backed extended patent protection for drugs and vaccines that are effective against multiple diseases. "The fundamental objective" of the EU rules in question "is to ensure sufficient protection to encourage pharmaceutical research, which plays a decisive role in the continuing improvement in public health," the EU Court of Justice, based in Luxembourg, said in a ruling. The case seeks to provide the pharmaceutical industry with clarity on how to interpret EU rules on so-called supplementary protection certificates, or extended patent protection, for multidisease drugs or vaccines. More

University of Auckland commercializes defense technology
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New Zealand's military has joined with a research and development company to commercialize defense technology. The intellectual property to be exploited by the New Zealand defense force and UniServices would be generated by the country's Defense Technology Agency. UniServices, which is owned by the University of Auckland, is the largest research and commercial development company of its kind in Australasia. More

Qualcomm's drive to license wireless car charging technology
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Researchers have long explored the science of transmitting electricity wirelessly, but big technical hurdles exist to make that an efficient way to charge laptops or ferry power for thousands of miles. The emergence of electric cars has boosted interest in wireless charging, and a company known for making chips for mobile phones and telecom equipment wants to be an early player in the field. Qualcomm announced a project in London to demonstrate a technology it only bought recently. The California company purchased the intellectual property of HaloIPT for an undisclosed sum and folded the startup's employees into its European research and development crew, which is based in the United Kingdom. More

Kansas State University helps dogs to better fight pathogens
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Kansas State University researchers Tonatiuh Melgarejo, an associate professor of human nutrition; Frank Blecha, distinguished professor of immunophysiology; and Yongming Sang and Maria Ortega, former postdoctoral fellows, isolated and characterized a natural antimicrobial peptide that helps dogs to better fight pathogens — including different bacteria, viruses and fungi. The peptide's characteristics and production method were recently issued as a patent titled "Antimicrobial Cathelicidin Peptides" to the Kansas State University Research Foundation, a nonprofit corporation responsible for managing the technology transfer activities of the university. More

US researchers gain patent for HPV research
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A research team from the University of Rochester has been awarded a U.S. patent for research essential to both human papillomavirus vaccines on the market. U.S. patent No. 8,062,642 is for the creation of virus-like particles that mimic HPV16, the type of HPV that causes the majority of all cancers related to HPV — including about 50 percent of cervical cancers, more than 90 percent of oropharyngeal cancers, and also cancers that affect the vulva, vagina, penis and anus. More

New technology accelerates grouper growth
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National Cheng Kung University announced that its new immune-inhibition technology will be transferred to another grouper farming firm, the third one benefitting from this development. NCKU President Hwung Hwung-hweng and Chairman of Grobest Feeds Corp Chen Ho-hsiu signed the contract. "The technology transfer will dramatically shorten the fish aquaculture period, cutting both risks and costs," Chen said. He estimates that the novel technology will boost the company's revenues to the tune of $72.85 million over the next five years and raise its market share, Central News Agency reports. More

The AUTM Venture Forum business plan competition: Deadline extended to 11:59 p.m. US CST
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A panel of seasoned venture investors will judge the business plan competition, where university-related startup companies compete for a cash prize. Immediately following the business plan competition, the VC panel will transition into a moderated question-and-answer session that will help academic institutions and their affiliated new ventures understand the venture capital perspective and more effectively work together to build value in our university-affiliated technology companies. More

AUTM | Member benefits
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AUTM would like to express our appreciation to organizations that encourage their technology transfer professionals to join AUTM and receive the many benefits of membership. Read about how your organization can benefit from the AUTM Membership Appreciation Program. More

Mississippi State University technology licensed for international energy market (Mississippi State University)

NephRx Corp. awarded US patent for NX002 for treatment of oral mucositis (Globe Newswire via Market Watch)

Utah State University spinout company receives $2.7 million federal grant to electrify mass transit route (PR Newswire)

Pall Corp. files patent for closed cell collection and seeding system (Business Wire via Market Watch)




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