AUTM Newsbrief
Jan. 2, 2014

Standing Up to the Anti-Patent Beanball
Baseball is a good analogy for politics, which is why political talk shows have names like "Hard Ball." A defining moment for any hitter is realizing that a 95-mile an hour fastball has just been deliberately thrown at your head. Pitchers throw the "beanball" is to see if a batter has the courage to play the game knowing that the risk of serious injury is literally an inch away. A similar challenge is delivered to those who get in the way of well-funded lobbyist's campaignsMore

New Study Analyzes Barriers to Cancer Research Commercialization
A new study led by the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Assistant Director for Research Nathan Vanderford cites a combination of factors that prevent academic-based cancer research faculty from ultimately commercializing their work. More

Nevada Selected for Drone Development
The Record-Courier
The Federal Aviation Administration has selected Nevada as one of six states designated as a center for the development of unmanned aerial vehicles and outdoor testing of unmanned autonomous systems, Gov. Brian Sandoval announced. The University of Nevada at Reno is poised for research and industry collaboration in this emerging arena that will enhance economic development in the state. More

Merck Plans Radical Overhaul of Drug R&D Unit
The Wall Street Journal
Merck & Co. is working on a plan to radically reshape its once-storied research-and-development unit that would create international innovation hubs tapping into drug research outside of its labs. Merck would create these hubs in or near Boston, the San Francisco Bay area, London and Shanghai, according to people familiar with the matter — regions with a critical mass of academic and commercial R&D. (Subscription required) More

Colorado State Offers Energy Legislation Analysis
The Colorado Springs Business Journal
Colorado State University's Center for the New Energy Economy has published an end-of-year analysis of energy legislation in all 50 states. CNEE's analysis of the year's activity, "2013 Year in Review — State Advanced Energy Legislation," examines 589 bills enacted across nine categories of energy legislation, including key policy trends this session. More

Mexican University Develops Climatological Software for Massive Use
Eurasia Review
Understanding the weather behavior may not be as complicated as once thought — and would help to have more elements for decision making and prevention of natural disasters — as hurricanes or typhoons. Researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico make available for anyone the opportunity to know their community, state or country's weather activity for months ahead. More

New Year's Resolutions for Early-Career Scientists
Science Careers
It's that time of year again. After (at least) a month of overindulging bad habits, January brings with it the urge to start anew and make positive changes. Good intentions notwithstanding, most New Year's resolutions are broken before the holiday decorations are back in their boxes. But, as with most things in life, concrete strategies increase the odds that we will achieve our goals. More

AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting
There is so much to do at the AUTM Annual Meeting. Between partnering meetings, networking events, sessions, mini courses and fun activities, the hardest part about the meeting is deciding how to spend your time.

Maximize your time by choosing sessions that are right for you. To make this easy, check out our session picker, which allows you to filter sessions by track or experience level. Find workshops that are right for you.More

AUTM 40th Anniversary Celebration
AUTM celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014 and will kick off the yearlong celebration at the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting. While there will be some nods to the past, the celebration will be very forward thinking, and AUTM invites your participation!More

House Passes Innovation Act; Battle Goes to Senate
On Dec. 5, the United States House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act by a vote of 325-91. Surprisingly, the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) had only been introduced on Oct. 23, and was marked up on Nov. 20. So what was the rush? This breakneck pace, which took place in a Congress that has been noted for its extraordinary inaction, is curious to say the least. Indeed, one member of Congress went much further than raising a curious eyebrow.More

Duquesne Enters Largest Licensing Deal for Cancer Treatment Drugs
Pittsburgh Business Times
Nearly 50 patents, developed quietly in the labs of Duquesne University, could hold big potential for the treatment of cancer. Working with Flag Therapeutics Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.-based startup run by Duquesne alum Frank Sorgi, the university has entered into a licensing agreement for two novel classes of duel-acting, water-soluble drugs developed for the treatment of cancer.More

Commercialization Program Funding for 3-D Modeling Startup
Mind the Gap
Gainesville, Fla.-based Paracosm has secured $800,000 in private and public funding to advance its 3-D modeling and navigation software. The funding includes $300,000 from the Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research. The institute, which has an office in the University of Florida Innovation Hub, funds and mentors companies that spin out of state university research and private research institutions.More

AUTM Unveils New Member Community App for iOS and Android
AUTM's new Member Community App gives you access to participate and network with other AUTM members at your convenience, even when you're on the go. You'll find discussions, a member search feature, the communities that you belong to, the AUTM Twitter feed, blogs and more!

Click here for information on how to download and begin using the app today! More

AUTM Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members for one low price.

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

AUTM 2014 Eastern Region Meeting: Call for Topics
The AUTM Eastern Region Planning Committee invites you to suggest topics for the AUTM 2014 Eastern Region Meeting, which will take place on Sept. 18-19 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA.

To submit a topic, complete an application and return it to AUTM by Jan. 30. If you have any questions, contact Melinda Briggs at AUTM headquarters, or at 847-559-0846. Submit your ideas today! More