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New Data Reveal University Licensing Activity Strong
AUTM released highlights of its annual U.S. Licensing Activity Survey covering technology transfer activities in fiscal year 2013. The report notes "institution licensing and startup activity are very strong," including 818 new companies created, an increase of 16 percent over prior year.

Click here to view highlights of the AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2013.
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Tech Transfer Industry Report Shows Steady Growth, Cites Importance of Federal Research Funding
Business Wire
The country's leading organization of technology management officials have reported the results of its annual licensing survey, showing steady growth in the patenting and licensing of new technologies and a 16 percent increase in the number of new technology business enterprises in 2013.
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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

Licensing of Academic Inventions Stays Strong
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Despite a slight decline in federally funded research support, universities and hospitals responding to the latest AUTM survey executed 5,198 licenses on inventions arising from academic research in the 2013 fiscal year, an increase of about 1 percent over the number reported in 2012.
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A Push to Sell Research at Minnesota
Minnesota Daily
The University of Minnesota is taking its "Driven to Discover" mantra outside of classrooms and labs by arming faculty and student researchers with new initiatives to turn their breakthroughs into businesses. Last year, faculty research helped create 15 startup companies — a figure the institution's officials are looking to expand. This fall, an intensive startup course aimed at helping science, technology, engineering and mathematics students turn their studies into business ventures received backing from the National Science Foundation for the first time.
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UC Riverside: 'Eco-Routing' Could Electric Vehicle Energy Use 51 Percent
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have shown that a vehicle navigation tool they created can cut electric vehicle energy use up to 51 percent. The researchers tested the "eco-routing" navigation system — which takes into account real-time traffic information, road type and road grade — on three routes around Riverside. Using road testing and computer simulations, they studied three types of navigation systems — shortest distance, least time and least energy.
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Washington Biotech Startup to Develop Game-Changing Cancer Therapies
University of Washington via Medical Xpress
Taiwan-based BRIM (Beyond Research and Innovative Medicines) Biotechnology has entered into an agreement with University of Washington biotech startup Compliment Corporation to develop Compliment's two oncology platform technologies based on the research of André Lieber, UW professor of medicine. Both technologies incorporate recombinant proteins aimed at improving efficacy and decreasing toxicity of current and new cancer therapies.
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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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Purdue: Innovation Could Improve Stimulation Treatments for Patients with Chronic Pain
Imperial Valley News
An official at a life sciences startup based on a Purdue University innovation says his company may increase the quality of life for patients who suffer from chronic pain that cannot effectively be managed through conventional drug therapy.
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Oregon BEST takes a second look at 'LilyPads'
Portland Business Journal
Oregon BEST has awarded a second round of commercialization funding to Puralytics to support ongoing research into solar-activated stormwater treatment. OregonBEST invested $94,000 to help construct the Oregon State University-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research Facility. The Corvallis, Oregon, lab has three large, outdoor tanks where stormwater can be monitored.
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  Startup Success

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UC Davis Working with China to Regulate Electric Cars
Sacramento Business Journal
Officials from University of California Davis and a Chinese auto industry regulator have announced a partnership to help set government policies on electric cars in both in the U.S. and China. The newly established China-U.S. zero emission vehicle policy lab will suggest regulations on the burgeoning market and analyze consumer demand in areas like charging stations, electric car technologies and the effectiveness of incentives, university staff wrote in a statement.
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A Passionate Fight Against Breast Cancer
Entrepreneurship is hard anywhere. It's especially difficult in government where all too often agency lawyers, committees and bureaucratic procedures smother promising new ideas under reams of red tape. This makes a partnership between the National Cancer Institute, the Avon Foundation and the Center for Advancing Innovation boosting new treatments in the fight against breast cancer all the more remarkable.

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New Competition Seeks and Rewards Innovative Institutions in Medtech
Medline Industries, Inc. is looking for the next big thing in medtech with the launch of the 2014 Medline Innovation Challenge. The inaugural Medline Innovation Challenge aims to find and reward institutions for licensable technologies in the areas of medical devices and health care solutions.

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China-US Forum Promotes Technology Transfer, Nov. 3-4
The 2014 China-US University Technology Transfer & Partnering Forum, scheduled Nov. 3 and 4 in Xi'an, China, will promote cross cultural exchange and business relationships between companies and universities in U.S. and China. AUTM President-elect Fred Reinhart will be among the speakers discussing the future of technology transfer in the U.S. and China.

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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.

Registration. Accommodations and Travel.

Early Program Announcement. Exhibit Opportunities.

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AUTM TTP Manual Launches Student IP Chapter
Whether your institution has a policy for intellectual property developed by students or not, "Managing Student Intellectual Property Issues at Institutions of Higher Education: An AUTM Primer" is a must-read.

Developed by AUTM’s Student IP Task Force, this newest AUTM Technology Transfer Practice Manual chapter raises awareness of the key issues and decision points involved in developing a student IP policy. It also includes a link to sample policies. For more information, visit the AUTM website.

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AUTM Accepting Literature Review Prize Applications
Academic Technology Transfer and Commercialization Graduate Student Literature Review Prize
Application deadline: Sept. 18

Every year, AUTM strives to recognize the hard work and successes achieved by technology transfer professionals. This prize recognizes the importance of academic research for informing technology transfer practice, providing an incentive to scholars to think about new ways that their work that can serve the AUTM membership.

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AUTM Partnering Forum -— Neurologic and Orthopaedic Medical
Device Technology

Sept. 23-24
Hosted by Wake Forest Innovations
Winston-Salem, NC, USA

View the 115-plus technologies being represented in Winston-Salem.

This new meeting format is specifically designed to foster business collaborations by facilitating networking, exchanging licensing opportunities and sharing technology interests. Register today, and add your technologies to our growing list.

Industry representatives will discover a productive networking environment for scouting academic medical device technologies. You will meet the right contacts for future research collaborations.

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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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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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Successful Practices in Small Technology Transfer Offices
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

Course Highlights
  • Hiring staff in a small office
  • How to get recognized for licensing by larger companies
  • Brainstorm how to take advantage of your local ecosystem
  • Measuring success in a small office
Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.
Schedule at a Glance. Download Preliminary Program.

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Kerafast Announces University of Texas as 100th Providing Institution (Kerafast)
Researchers Unlock New Mechanism in Pain Management (EurekAlert!)
USPTO Hosting 1st Bicoastal Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Partnership Meeting (USPTO)

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

AUTM Partnering Forum — Energy Technologies
Join AUTM at Rice University for a unique opportunity to network with industry partners while showcasing your institution and its available technologies.

Included is a reverse showcase of presentations from our industry partners highlighting technological areas of interest and how to best work with their company; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to energy technologies; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering.

Oct. 22-23, 2014
Rice University
Houston, Texas, USA Learn more here.

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Register Now for AUTM TOOLS and Essentials Courses
Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
Oct. 13-15
Denver, CO, USA

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.

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

Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course
Oct. 13–15
Denver, CO, USA

The Essentials course teaches skills and resources necessary to function effectively at evaluating inventions and negotiating license agreements.

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

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

Why you should attend:
  • Learn more about assessing unmet clinical needs and the product development lifecycle
  • Gain insight into the effective patent filing strategies
  • Network with key industry players
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
  • Much more!
Nov 12-13
Chicago Marriott O'Hare
Rosemont, IL, USA

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

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

Sept. 24
Innovation Funds - Direct Cash Investing: Approaches and Challenges
Addresses how external funds can help support emerging university technologies and how to best position your university to take advantage of these opportunities. Includes making direct cash investments (beyond patents) in select embryonic technologies to facilitate commercialization.

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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AUTM Launches BWP 500 Contest
AUTM is introducing the BWP 500 contest in September. The new initiative, which is available exclusively to AUTM members, is designed to help the association reach its goal of 500 technologies in the Better World Project database by the 2015 Annual Meeting.

AUTM members who enter technologies into the database during this monthly contest will be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate. In addition, their technologies will be considered for Featured Stories — professionally written articles that are hosted on the BWP website and promoted via AUTM's various media outlets.

Click here for more information on the contest.

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Nanomedicine Inventor Awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize

Hebrew University-Funded Company Launches Next-Generation Accelerators for Crowdfunding Campaign
(Crowdfund Insider)

Earlier Tumor Diagnosis With Advanced Ultrasound Technology from Oxford
(Canada NewsWire)


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