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Coalition of Amici File Brief in Support of Myriad
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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), joined by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Coalition for 21st Century Medicine filed an amicus brief in support of Myriad (unlike many other amici on both sides of the issue, who wrote ostensibly "in support of neither party"). Authored by a group including Seth Waxman, former U.S. Solicitor General, and Hans Sauer of BIO, the brief argues that the patent-eligibility of isolated DNA claims is unchanged by the Supreme Court's decision in Mayo v. Prometheus. More

Commercializing Medical Device Innovation
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New medical devices take a long time to reach the market — and many never make it. Jon Johnson, a researcher at Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing, is looking at ways of making the process of commercialization more efficient. Biotechnology and healthcare developments require huge financial and resource investment, in-depth research and clinical trials. Consequently, these developments involve a complex multidisciplinary structure, which is inherently full of risks and uncertainty. Jon Johnson, a researcher in the Institute for Manufacturing, is looking at the process by which medical devices are taken from early concept through to commercialization, including technology confidence, early testing, investment implications, and regulatory compliance. More

Healthcare Innovation & Tech Transfer: Patriotic Duties for Universities?
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During a freewheeling brainstorming session about how to get more of the research out of hospitals and universities, and into the hands of companies to make them into products, the senior vice provost for research from Drexel University, Deborah Crawford, put out a passionate idea: that a research university has a duty to its country to support aggressive technology transfer. More

Startup Uses a Smartphone Compass to Track People Indoors
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People have used magnetic compasses to find their way outdoors for centuries. In a twist, a startup has found a way to use the magnetic sensors in smartphones to locate people themselves — this time, indoors, where GPS signals don't normally reach. Tracking people in this way could lead to mobile maps that work indoors, and let stores target offers to customers standing in front of a particular product. The Finland-based startup, Indoor Atlas, launched last week as spin-off from the University of Oulu. The company's technology, intended for mobile software developers to use in other apps, is a new approach in the growing market for systems that track people inside. More
Related story: Finnish Startup Uses Indoor Magnetic Fields to Track Smartphone Users (The Wall Street Journal)

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Human Eye Inspires Clog-free Ink Jet Printer
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Clogged printer nozzles waste time and money while reducing print quality. University of Missouri engineers recently invented a clog-preventing nozzle cover by mimicking the human eye. "The nozzle cover we invented was inspired by the human eye," said Jae Wan Kwon, associate professor in the College of Engineering. "The eye and an ink jet nozzle have a common problem: they must not be allowed to dry while, simultaneously, they must open. We used biomimicry, the imitation of nature, to solve human problems." Kwon's invention uses a droplet of silicone oil to cover the opening of the nozzle when not in use, similar to the film of oil that keeps a thin layer of tears from evaporating off the eye. On the surface of the human eye, eyelids spread the film of oil over the layer of tears. However, at the tiny scale of the ink jet nozzle, mechanical shutters like eyelids would not work, as they would be stuck in place by surface tension. Instead, the droplet of oil for the nozzle is easily moved in and out of place by an electric field. More

Queen's University Spin-out Company in Bid to Revolutionize Cancer Diagnosis
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Queen's University has teamed up with a medical imaging company in a venture that has the potential to revolutionize cancer detection and treatment. The university's spin-out company QUBIS has taken an equity shareholding in Cirdan Imaging, which develops imaging equipment to assist clinicians in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The new devices will be used in diagnostic procedures, as well as cancer surgery, to better discriminate between healthy and malignant tissue. More

New Nanogel Delivers a Double Punch to Cancer
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Researchers have found a new mechanism that could lead to a new weapon in the fight against cancer. The mechanism awakens body's immune system and weakens the tumor's defense systems, says a study from Yale University. Tumors are known to overcome a person's defenses by releasing chemicals that suppress the immune system. Researchers have developed a biodegradable nanoparticle called as a "nanogel" that works in two ways. First, it has a large soluble protein called a cytokine that initiates an immune response and another molecule, inhibitor that stops the tumor from suppressing the body's defense system. More

Market Conditions are Ripe for MPEG LA's Librassay® Patent Licensing Supermarket

Molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine are poised to deliver unprecedented advances in healthcare. Yet marketplace uncertainties surrounding access to patented technologies highlighted by recent Supreme Court cases and the USPTO’s hearings on genetic diagnostics threaten to curtail these important advances. MPEG LA’s Librassay® patent licensing store is poised to offer a solution. More

SenSound Partners with Tenn Firm to Bring WSU Tech to Market
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A Wayne State University spin-out is partnering with a Tennessee company to help get its innovative testing technology to the market with an Asian automaker serving as the first customer. SenSound began partnering with Tennessee-based QuadraScan about six months ago. The two tech firms have found a way to bring SenSound's testing technology, which utilizes sound waves, to market through a pilot program with Nissan in Tennessee. "It (SenSound's technology) was right up our alley," says Warren Brown, senior vice president of sales & marketing for QuadraScan. "We told them we could help them make it better. We have one successful test sale going and we have the potential to secure more." More

UNH, Aerospace Firm Bringing Radiation Detector to Market
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Scientists from the University of New Hampshire and Michigan Aerospace Corp. have signed an exclusive option agreement to commercialize instrumentation originally developed at UNH's Space Science Center for space-based missions that is now being re-engineered for homeland security purposes. Three U.S. patent applications have been filed related to the Portable Neutron Spectroscope, or NSPECT, a highly sensitive instrument that will detect illicit radioactive and fissile (capable of sustaining a chain reaction) materials with pinpoint accuracy from a safe distance. Such materials, which could be located in shipping ports, train stations, truck stops or warehouses, could potentially be used to make "dirty bombs" or associated with a nuclear device itself. More

Clemson University Spinoff Company to Commercialize Advanced Genetic Technology
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Tiger Bioanalytics, a new company emerging from Clemson University research, aims to commercialize innovative genetic sensing technology, according to the university research foundation. Led by Guigen Zhang of Clemson University, the company is developing a way to conduct gene sequencing that is both accurate and cost effective. The goal is to sequence a whole genome using DNA from a single cell in a short period of time with high accuracy at a low cost. Tiger Bioanalytics's technology promises to meet this goal. "The new technology that we are developing aims to provide a better way to discriminate nucleotides in a solid-state device such that rapid, affordable and accurate genomic sequencing can be done routinely to improve our health and quality of life," Zhang said. "Our technology will not only impact the genomic market but also benefit biomedical research as well as global-health initiatives." More

Musical Glove Improves Sensation, Mobility for People with Spinal Cord Injury
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Georgia Tech researchers have created a wireless, musical glove that may improve sensation and motor skills for people with paralyzing spinal cord injury (SCI). The gadget was successfully used by individuals with limited feeling or movement in their hands due to tetraplegia. These individuals had sustained their injury more than a year before the study, a time frame when most rehab patients see very little improvement for the remainder of their lives. Remarkably, the device was primarily used while the participants were going about their daily routines. More

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AUTM 2012 Eastern Region Meeting
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Sept. 12-14
The AUTM 2012 Eastern Region Meeting will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. Technology transfer professionals will meet to discuss practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships, culminating in successful company formation or product commercialization.

AUTM 2012 Essentials and TOOLS Courses, Oct. 1 - 3
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AUTM 2012 Essentials Course
Oct 1 - Oct 3, 2012
The AUTM Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course will provide an overview of the essential aspects of academic technology transfer. This course is designed for individuals who are new to technology transfer in an academic environment.

AUTM 2012 TOOLS Course
Oct 1 - Oct 3, 2012
The AUTM TOOLS Course is designed for the administrative staff of technology transfer offices. TOOLS Course workshop leaders are technology transfer staff offices who are experienced in handling the everyday issues facing the administrative professional.

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UM Offers New Skin Cancer Mobile App
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Utah Physicists Invent 'Spintronic' LED
(University of Utah)

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