AUTM Newsbrief
Jan. 10, 2013

Taking Directions from the Lost
IP Watchdog
The Brooking Institution's new report, Building an Innovation-Based Economy, draws on "two dozen innovation leaders" for its findings. But one section, "Increasing Commercialization and Technology Transfer," names no leaders to back its recommendations, perhaps with good reason. Brookings wants new regulations imposed on university and federal laboratory patent licensing, presenting theoretical problems with no supporting facts.More

Call for Contributors
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the AUTM Newsbrief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AUTM, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.More

Evolving Partnerships: Academia, Pharma and Venture Groups Adapt to Challenging Times
Science Direct
Several times a week, Markus Frank, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, meets with scientists from Pfizer, with whom he is collaborating. Their mutual goal, which joins Frank and a postdoc with Pfizer antibody engineers, toxicologists and other skilled hands, is to further develop a strategy for targeting stem cells in malignant melanoma that Frank has worked on for six years. There's no need to commute to the pharmaceutical giant's R&D facilities or connect through Skype. Face-to-face meetings can even happen spur-of-the-moment, since Pfizer's Boston-based Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) is directly across Longwood Avenue from Frank's lab.More

How to Use University Partnerships to Augment Innovation
Financial Post
Companies increasingly recognize that to innovate successfully they cannot exclusively rely on their internal R&D. Working with external partners allows them to access different pools of knowledge and save R&D costs. Universities are among the external partners that offer high promise, since they allow access to an enormous global pool of talent and skills.More

Safer Tubes for ICU Patients among New Inventions by Wake Forest Innovations
Winston-Salem Journal
Products providing more comfort to patients in awkward examination and intensive-care settings are some of the first fruits coming out of the Wake Forest Innovations initiative. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center launched the division in December as part of enhancing the commercializing of its academic and clinical research to bolster revenue streams and establish new ones. One prototype involves a device that allows for an easier exchange of an endotracheal tube for intensive-care unit patients.More

Oregon Looks to Tech Transfer to Boost Economy
The Register-Guard
Oregon business and university leaders presented an outline of their plan to help spur economic and job growth through creation of a South Willamette Valley Technology Business Accelerator. The "accelerator," a joint project of the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, would be dedicated to hastening the process of taking innovations from university laboratories out to the marketplace.More

Plastic Logic Proposes a Futuristic Kind of Paper
For all the guilt-tripping about dead trees, we still can't live without paper. But some day, we may be able to use flexible sheets of digital ink instead. At the Consumer Electronics Show, U.K.-based Plastic Logic demonstrated an E-Ink "tablet" dubbed the PaperTab, which was little more than a thick, floppy sheet of plastic, connected to a high-end Core processor from Intel. Each of these sheets can accept touch input and can share data when in contact with one another.More

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    AUTM Offers Online Course on Standard Operating Procedures
    Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are valuable tools that provide structure and consistency to everyday processes. This online session will provide the big-picture view of SOPs and then move down to a more detailed level by providing example SOPs and tips on how to get started with your own SOPs. Topics will include general administrative filing, invention disclosure processing, sponsor notification, patent processing, license agreements and more. Jan. 29, noon-1:30 p.m. EST. Learn more. Register online now.More

    Read More in 2013!
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    Through their partnership with the independent bookseller, Powell's Books, AUTM will receive a portion of all sales through the AUTM Bookshelf page at Powell's. New technology transfer titles have just been added, but anything you purchase from Powell's through the link above helps AUTM. There is no additional cost to you. It's that simple!More

    AUTM's Better World Report Seeks Technologies
    Do you have a licensed technology that is helping make the world a better place? If so, AUTM wants to hear about it. The Better World Report — which celebrates real-world examples of how academic research benefits humankind — is seeking story ideas for 2013. Every month, two fresh stories are featured in a Web-based format.

    You can be a part of this exciting publication by submitting your story ideas. Download the application and submit it at any time. Story ideas are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The first deadline is Feb. 15. Questions? Contact Managing Editor Lisa Richter at More