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Register Now for the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting
It's time to register for the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting, being held Feb. 22-25, 2015, in New Orleans, LA, USA.

The AUTM Annual Meeting is the largest in-person gathering of academic technology transfer professionals. No other meeting offers this level of access to hundreds of decision makers for one low registration fee. Attendance is open to everyone. Register now.

Free Mini-Courses!
Once again AUTM is offering four mini-courses that will allow you to experience AUTM's professional development programs free of charge. These three-hour mini-courses are offered complimentary, but advance registration is required. Sign up early to secure your place. Seating is limited. Learn more.

Additional Professional Development Opportunities
Maximize your time out of the office — and reduce your annual travel expenses — by signing up for an AUTM professional development course. Learn more about the courses available this year.

Register for the Annual Meeting online now.

Need to register by mail or fax? Download a registration form here.
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Early Bottlenecks in Developing Biopharmaceutical Products
Delay Commercialization

Georgia Institute of Technology via EurekAlert!
An analysis of patented university inventions licensed to biotechnology firms has revealed early bottlenecks on the path to commercialization. To open these roadblocks, the researchers suggest that better communication of basic research results during the discovery stage could lead to faster commercialization down the road.
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NSWC, Purdue to Enter Commercialization Agreement
Executive Gov
The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana, has teamed with Purdue University to carry out research projects in new technologies. Both organizations will formalize the partnership with Capt. Jeffrey Elder, commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, and Dan Hasler, Purdue Research Foundation president, in attendance, according to Purdue.
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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

Minnesota Rethinks Venture Capital Funds, Focuses on Investing in Startups
Star Tribune
The University of Minnesota said that it's scrapping plans for two venture capital funds worth $70 million and instead adopting a smaller program aimed at providing seed financing to startup technology companies born on the university campus. The university's new Discovery Capital Investment Program will provide early-stage funding to help transfer university-created technologies to the commercial market.
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No Summer Break for Technology Commercialization Law Program
Syracuse University
A team of students in the College of Law's Technology Commercialization Law Program at Syracuse University spent their summer working with entrepreneurs, startups and inventors to provide information on the legal and regulatory issues involved with bringing new technologies to the market. Students researched intellectual property and market landscapes for over 25 new technologies.
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UMaine System Identifies Goals for Research Fund
Portland Press Herald
The University of Maine System has released a draft document that lays out specific goals for its Maine Economic Improvement Fund, a result of a June report from the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability that criticized the university system for not establishing "measurable goals and objectives" for the $15 million annual fund as required by statute.
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International Firm taps UALR-Assisted Startup for Water Purification
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Arkansas-based Synanomet LLC, a spin-off company from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, recently executed a comprehensive partnering agreement with AbTech Industries Inc., a worldwide leader in addressing issues related to water pollution and contamination.
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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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Call for Nominations — AUTM 2015 Board of Directors (Deadline is Sept. 9)
The AUTM Nominations and Awards Committee is pleased to invite all AUTM members to submit nominations for candidates to serve on the 2015 AUTM Board of Directors for the following positions:
  • President-Elect
  • Vice President for Advocacy
  • Vice President for Membership Development — Western Hemisphere
  • Vice President for Communications
  • Board Members At Large (3)
Learn more.

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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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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 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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  Startup Success

Eckman Basu LLP helps university/startups achieve value goals. With an extraordinary level of technical expertise, we understand your inventions and how to make them successful with patents and IP. --Our experience matters!

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.

To ensure the confidentiality of the survey data, those of you who requested participation in the survey received an email directly from AUTM's vendor, Peerfocus, with the subject line "2014 AUTM Salary Survey Has Launched" from John Ritter under this email.

If you did not receive the original email with log-in instructions AND you are responsible for salary information of your colleagues in your technology transfer office, please email here, and cc Chrys Gwellem and David Morgan to request your personalized link and log-in information to the survey.

If you did not receive the original email with log-in instructions AND you are NOT responsible for salary information of your colleagues, there is no action required from you at this time. If you have questions about the content or purpose of the survey, contact Chrys Gwellem at AUTM headquarters 847-559-0846.

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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.

Oct. 13-14
Westin Denver Downtown
Denver, CO, USA

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.
Schedule at a Glance. Download Preliminary Program.

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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 Now
Denver, CO, USA

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 Now
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 Now
Houston, TX, USA

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Intellectual Property: Valuable to Every Discipline
Intellectual property — patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets — plays a vital role in economic growth and prosperity. Yet outside of law schools, most American colleges provide little or no opportunity for students to receive any substantive instruction in it. As a result, students often graduate under the misimpression, no doubt shared by many of their professors, that IP is a topic of interest and relevance only to lawyers, with little connection to their own careers. That couldn't be more incorrect.

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2 Places Where University of California May Find its Startup Investing Mojo
San Francisco Business Times
While the University of California ponders just how it will make direct investments in some of the companies and technologies spun out of the 10-university system, it will benefit from looking at what works elsewhere. The 18-member UC Innovation Council, assembled by UC President Janet Napolitano, includes a number of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

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Self-Cooling Solar Cells For Better Performance and Longevity
The Optical Society via
Clean Technica

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells, a team of researchers led by Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University, has found a way to let solar cells cool themselves by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation.

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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

    Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.
    View Schedule at a Glance. Faculty.

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

    Aug. 19
    Stakeholder Identification and Management
    Learn how to manage a large number of stakeholders with varying points of views on how and why knowledge exchange and commercialization activities should take place.

    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.

    Oct. 1
    Export Controls, MTAs, CDAs and LAs: What You Still Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble
    Explores the relationship between export controls and material transfer, confidentiality and license agreements.

    Oct. 9
    To Tweet or Not to Tweet?
    Learn the most constructive social media practices, including the smartest use of social media to drive professional development.

    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.

        Johns Hopkins Accelerator Hits Capacity, Expands to East Baltimore (Baltimore Business Journal)
    Cambridge Startup Launches Miniature Gas Sensor for Mobiles (EDN)
    New Commercialization Gap Funding Assists Washington State Innovators (Washington State University)
    UC Riverside Engineers Develop New Biofuel Production Technology (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

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

    Better World Project Featured Story — August 2014
    For people with compromised lung function — including ventilator-assisted patients and those with cystic fibrosis — a pseudomonas aeruginosa infection can be deadly. Fortunately, two scientists working across the country from one another joined forces to develop a molecule that prevents the toxic effects of this dangerous organism. Read more in "Lab-Produced Antibody Prevents a Deadly Bacteria From Spreading its Toxin."

    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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    Poland sends top academics to special courses in California
    (Inside Higher Ed)

    UW Extension Ideadvance Grants Aim to Quickly Make Good Ideas Into Finished Products
    (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

    Cincinnati Begins to Look at Breast Cancer Drugs to Treat Certain Brain Tumors
    (University of Cincinnati)

    SmartZone District Expanding With Help From Central Michigan Research Center
    (The Morning Sun)


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