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Join AUTM's free webinar on July 31 to learn "The Basics of Technology Transfer." Discover the fundamental building blocks of technology transfer, from intellectual property to technology transfer agreements.

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Maryland Innovation Initiative Invests $6.4 Million in
University-Linked Projects

Baltimore Business Journal
Eight startup companies are among 67 recipients of Maryland Innovation Initiative awards in fiscal 2014. The Maryland Innovation Initiative gave a total of $6.4 million to research projects and startups with ties to universities in the state. The innovation initiative is designed to spur commercialization of university research.
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“Monetization of University Patents”

Patent monetization can result in very large revenues for universities, however, monetization requires universities to consider unique sensitivities and, in some cases, conflicting interests. Increasingly, however, universities are asking themselves how to monetize their patents and considering several potential approaches to do so.

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Plant Biotech Startup Speeds Propagation
The Prairie Star
Washington State University researchers-turned-entrepreneurs have developed a method for growing trees three times faster while conserving water and reducing the need for pesticides — and they just made their first sale. Plant scientist Amit Dhingra and five members of his research team from the WSU Department of Horticulture founded Phytelligence, the first plant-focused biotechnology startup to come out of the university.
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Inside Intel's Intellectually Dubious Patent Study
At the heart of policy disputes over standard essential patents is a simple truth: Companies whose products depend on standardized technologies want to increase their profit margins by cutting input costs — the royalties they pay to use standardized technologies invented and patented by other companies.
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NSF Grant to Aid Uintah Basin Spin-Out in Commercializing
Mercury Instrument
It’s no surprise that mercury, a neurotoxin, can have adverse effects on human health, and a Utah State University researcher is leading a new commercialization that will improve tracking and evaluation of atmospheric mercury measurements.
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Fly-Inspired Technology Could Lead To 'Smart' Hearing Aids
The Ormia ochracea fly's exceptional sense of hearing has inspired researchers to develop technology that could be used to create sophisticated hearing aids. These flies have a keen ability to hear the chirping of crickets, which they spread their larvae on so the young can eat the insect from the inside out, the American Institute of Physics reported. The fly's ultra-accurate sense of hearing is believed to be thanks to a "sophisticated sound processing system." A University of Texas team developed a small prototype that mimics the parasitic fly's hearing mechanism.
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  NAI Fellows: Call for Nominations

Nominate your distinguished faculty inventors as 2014 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Last year’s Fellows class of 143 distinguished innovators included Nobel Laureates, university presidents, National Medal winners and National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees Read More

Organic Polymer Tandem Cell Reaches Record 11.5 Percent Efficiency
pv magazine
Researchers from UCLA have this month achieved a world-record efficiency breakthrough in the production of organic polymer solar cells. The UCLA team's latest update on organic solar cell research has revealed the achievement of 11.5 percent efficiency in a triple-junction polymer solar cell, a rating that exceeds the previous world record — also set by the UCLA team — in the efficiency of organic solar cells.
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  Online Trading Platform for IP

Developed and managed by Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Asia IP Exchange is a free online platform and database with over 25,000 IP projects from more than 20 countries and regions.

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AUTM 2014 Region Meetings
AUTM region meetings bring diverse programs of interest to experienced and new-technology-transfer professionals. Focused on best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that culminate in successful product commercialization, each meeting provides a forum for members to connect, exchange ideas and gain valuable contacts.

Region Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities: Sponsorship of AUTM Region Meetings underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field. For details, email Madhuri Carson, or call 847-753-5217.

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AUTM Accepting Scholarship and Literature Review Prize Applications
AUTM is now accepting scholarship applications from students, scholars and new professionals pursuing a career in academic technology transfer.
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Videos Spotlight Lives Transformed by Technology Transfer: Apply For
Grant Today

AUTM's Put a Face On It video project enables technology transfer offices to show how their university-developed innovations personally transform lives.

This is an opportunity for your office to produce a powerful, compelling video — for internal and external stakeholders — about the value technology transfer professionals deliver to the university and community. A limited number of grants are available to cover up to $3,000 of video production costs for qualified submissions.

Learn how to apply for your grant here.

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AUTM FY2014 Salary Survey
Data collection is underway for the AUTM FY2014 Salary Survey. Like previous editions, this sixth biennial compensation survey will present robust data gathered from respondents (directors or their designees) at non-profit technology transfer offices.

Completing the survey is not difficult or time consuming, yet the benefits to AUTM members are substantial.

If you have questions about the content or purpose of the survey, contact Chrys Gwellem at AUTM headquarters 847-559-0846. If you have questions about how to complete the survey, or if your institution did not receive login information, contact this email.

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Making Scouting of University Technologies More Efficient and Effective
In an effort to develop closer relationships between university technology transfer offices and companies, AUTM is launching a series of one-day meetings to bring together industry and academia in target technology sectors. The highlight of each meeting is an interactive reverse showcase where industry representatives will explain the technologies and types of interactions they are seeking. Each university attending will review their portfolio and respond to each company's specific needs.
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Big Insights at a Price Small Offices Can Afford
This two-day course focuses on the challenges and opportunities of working in small offices. Learn how to make the most out of your small office with limited resources, while engaging in comprehensive discussions on the topics that matter to you most.

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Save the Dates for Upcoming AUTM Courses
Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
The TOOLS course is designed for professionals responsible for the administration of a technology transfer office. Critical issues of compliance and using iEdison will be explored, along with finding efficient ways to manage and utilize large volumes of information and data.
Oct. 13–15 — Register Today!
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Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course
The Essentials course teaches skills and resources necessary to function effectively at evaluating inventions and negotiating license agreements.
Oct. 13–15 — Register Today!
Denver, CO, USA

Partnering Forum — Energy Technologies
Join AUTM at Rice University for a comprehensive discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the energy technology sector.
Oct. 22–23 — Register Today!
Houston, TX, USA

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AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices: Register Now
This AUTM business development course focuses on the medical device industry and how regulatory, legal and business issues affect commercializing technologies in the medical device space.

Topics covered will include:
  • Use of translational research in product development
  • Common characteristics of the key market segments
  • Financial models typically employed in the industry
  • And much more!

  • Nov 12-13
    Chicago Marriott O'Hare
    Rosemont, IL, USA

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    UNMC to Support Caregivers of Dementia Patients as Part of Study
    Omaha World-Herald
    Dementia's effects on patients are brutal, but they can be equally devastating to family members. The University of Nebraska Medical Center is one of two institutions that will use a $10 million federal grant over the next three years to explore computer-based strategies and care teams to monitor dementia patients and provide support to families.

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    Chemists Develop Clean-Burning Hydrogen Fuel
    Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel — a fuel that could replace expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuels.

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    Purdue Announces Major Year in Commercialization Activities
    Business Wire
    Purdue University had record-breaking numbers in commercialization activities highlighted by 24 startups based on Purdue intellectual property, Purdue Research Foundation officials announced. The growth is reflected in other increases through Purdue's Office of Technology Commercialization including 146 U.S. and global issued patents and 120 licensing deals with startups and established companies.

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    AUTM Webinars
    AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members.

    July 31
    The Basics of Technology Transfer
    This FREE webinar is for those new to technology transfer and interested in an introduction to the basics of intellectual property, policies, technology transfer and compliance.

    Aug. 12
    Maximizing Licensing Opportunities in Research Tools
    This webinar focuses on how to maximize licensing opportunities and the best practices to consider when negotiating.

    Sept. 10
    Managing Your Agreement: What To Do When Things Don't Go According To Plan!
    Examines how to manage problems from a strategic perspective to protect the underlying interests and objectives in a university-industry business partnership.

    AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list.

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

        Early Alzheimer's Detection: Partnership Expanded with Washington University (Business Wire)
    Using Sand to Improve Battery Performance (R&D Magazine)
    Houston Ranks as Top University for Intellectual Property (The Daily Cougar)
    Washington Spinoff Focusing on Device to Detect Heart Condition (Puget Sound Business Journal)

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

    Better World Project Featured Story — July 2014
    Every year, millions of Medicare patients experience medication mishaps that can not only be costly but also have deadly consequences. In this month's Better World Project — which features inspiring stories about university technologies that make the world a better place — pharmacists at the University of Arizona decided to change that. Read more in "Armed With Data on Medication Use, Pharmacists Counsel Patients."

    Then, take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the featured stories. This 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.

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

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    Trustees Committee Looks to Grow Commercialization at UNC-Chapel Hill
    (The Herald Sun)

    American Savings Bank Donates $100,000 to UH Entrepreneurship Center
    (University of Hawaii)

    Washington Breaks Record With 18 New Companies Formed


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