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Plucking the Golden Goose Won't Help Patients
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Several public interest groups recently filed a march-in petition under the Bayh-Dole Act asking NIH to force Abbott Laboratories to license its competitors for the production of Ritonavir, a drug used to treat AIDS. Abbott used federal funding in making the invention. The complaint is that Ritonavir is more expensive for private users in the U.S. than it's priced abroad. This is a repetition of a similar action dismissed by NIH in 2004, as regulating prices is not a trigger for march-ins under the law. More

Georgia Colleges Aim to Commercialize Research
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One part of the University System of Georgia's message is well-known: the schools drive economic development by graduating an educated and skilled workforce. But a forum focusing on professors producing research that can lure companies to the state and develop new businesses and products has been organized as well. The forum highlights research that's been successfully commercialized, including telemedicine devices and body armor to protect the U.S. military. More

University of Minnesota to Create Pair of Venture Capital Funds
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The University of Minnesota plans to launch two venture capital funds in 2013, one of which will invest in startup companies that license university technology. The fund backing university startups will total $20 million and make seed-stage investments over a 10-year period. A separate $50 million fund will invest in startups nationwide. More

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How the Midwest is Becoming an Entrepreneurial Hotspot
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Imagine the Great Lakes mustering enough venture capitalists, deal flow and success stories to warrant such an event ten — or maybe even five — years ago. Location is no longer a hindrance to the success of a startup, with several key trends emerging to explain why entrepreneurship is no longer solely the domain of the coasts. More

Supreme Court to Look at Utah Firm's Gene Patent Case
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The Supreme Court could decide whether human genes may be patented in a case involving Utah-based Myriad Gentics and the University of Utah. The case concerns patents on genes that correlate with increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The patents were challenged by scientists, doctors, cancer patients and women's health advocates who said Myriad's patents have stifled research and development of alternative diagnostic tests. More

M.D. Anderson, Emory Seek to Patent Infection-fighting Drugs
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Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Emory University are seeking to patent new drugs for fighting pathogenic infections. According to a patent filing made public, the new drugs alter the way that diverse bacterial and viral pathogens interact in order to block or limit disease and allow the patient's immune system to clear the infection. Specifically, the drugs use kinase inhibitors, which are far less likely to engender resistance compared to conventional antibiotics and anti-viral drugs. More

NAI Conference: Call for Abstracts

The 2nd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors will be held Feb. 21-22, 2013, in Tampa, Florida. Theme: “Changing the Culture of Academic Innovation”. Submit abstracts by Dec. 10, 2012. Keynotes by USPTO Commissioner for Patents Focarino & MIT’s Robert Langer. Induction of NAI Charter Fellows. Read More

$2.2 Million in Federal Funds Aimed at East Bay Med Device, Bioscience Innovation
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A consortium that includes the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and East Bay job-training and economic development groups will tap $2.2 million in federal funding to spur medical device and bioscience manufacturing jobs along the I-80/880 corridor. The Advanced Manufacturing Medical/Biosciences Pipeline for Economic Development — or AM2PED — is aimed at technology transfer, economic development and workforce development, according to UC Berkeley. More

Oregon, Oregon State Pitch Business Accelerator
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Looking to rev up the pace of startup companies coming out of research at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, area business and academic leaders are seeking support for the idea of a South Willamette Valley Technology Business Accelerator. Nick Fowler, the CEO of Corvallis-based Perpetua Power Source Technologies, told the audience that the committee wants to move beyond the old technology transfer model of licensing university research to what he called "true commercialization." More

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AUTM Membership Renewal
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There has never been a more exciting time to be an AUTM member! Your 2013 AUTM membership will connect you to the knowledge, resources and networking you need to meet the challenges and opportunities our profession offers every day. For more information and to renew, visit AUTM online or contact AUTM headquarters at or +1-847-559-0846.

Register Now for AUTM's 2013 Annual Meeting — Save $75
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