AUTM Newsbrief
Jan. 16, 2014

North Carolina State Partners with HQ Raleigh to Link
Startups, Entrepreneurs

WRAL TechWire
North Carolina State University's Office of Technology Transfer is opening an office suite at HQ Raleigh, a shared office space provider. North Carolina State wants to better link its entrepreneurial students and staff with the startup community, and HQ members will gain access to North Carolina State's expertise in transitioning university technology to the private sector as well as research and innovation. More

SCRA, Tao Life Sciences License 1st Medical Device
GSA Business
SCRA and Tao Life Sciences announced the licensing of the first medical device resulting from their joint initiative aimed at accelerating the commercialization of university and industry laboratory life sciences technologies. The device, a tool that improves the placement and stabilization of chest drainage tubes, was the result of a yearlong Clemson University bioengineering senior design program that paired senior bioengineering students with clinicians from the community, Clemson faculty and corporate advisors. More

Alabama Startup Company Receives $150,000 NSF Grant
The Crimson White
The National Science Foundation has awarded $150,000 to a University of Alabama startup company that is working to make a more effective and longer-lasting catalyst to be used in chemical reactions. Martin Bakker, Ph.D., a UA associate professor of chemistry, cofounded ThruPore Technologies with Franchessa Sayler, who earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the university in May. More

Baltic Startup Accelerator Cooperates with Cal
The Baltic Course
The biggest Vilnius-based Baltic startup accelerator StartupHighway started the partnership with the one of the most famous universities in the world, the University of California at Berkeley. In the accelerator of this spring, the best participants will be able to continue the creation of their business in the prestigious incubator Skydeck settled near the Berkeley campus. More

Startup Kinvolved Ties Attendance to School Success
The Journal
A startup company working to improve high school graduation rates is beginning to expand its footprint. Founded by two New York University Wagner alumna, Kinvolved, which has won several start-up competitions and been profiled in multiple entrepreneurial forums, has developed a cloud-based system that simplifies keeping attendance records, creates contact with families and promotes the importance of school attendance. More

Arkansas-Little Rock Connects Researchers, Innovators and Entrepreneurs
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock announced that it has formally changed the name of its Center for Innovation & Commercialization to "UALR TechLaunch." TechLaunch Director Jeff Stinson said the new name more accurately reflects the goal of launching technology-based companies and commercial initiatives built around university research and intellectual property. More

Young Scientist Exchange Takes UConn Researcher to Japan
UConn Today
University of Connecticut researcher Anson Ma recently participated in a prestigious U.S.-Japan Young Scientist Exchange Program that enabled him to spend five days visiting top Japanese universities and research centers, where he presented his research on rheology and processing of nanofluids and met with fellow young researchers. More

AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting — Register Today and Save $100
Pre-registration ends Jan. 30

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.

First things first, if you haven't yet registered, do that TODAY. The pre-registration deadline ends Jan. 30, so register now and save $100 off the on-site registration fee.

Need to register by mail or fax?
Download a registration form here.

Accommodations & travel information. Detailed program.

Second, 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 Connect™ Now Available for 2014 Annual Meeting
The AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting online partnering tool, AUTM Connect™, sponsored by MacMillan Sobanski & Todd LLC, is now available. AUTM Connect™ makes it easy to market your technologies, effortlessly set up meetings, find nearby restaurants and cafés for your offsite meetings and get started on your next deal.

With AUTM Connect™, you can:

To download the free AUTM Connect™ app, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play (for Android) and type "AUTM" in the search field.More

AUTM/LES CLP Exam Review Course
Maximize your time at the AUTM Annual Meeting by attending the AUTM/LES CLP Exam Review Course on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

This CLP Exam Review Course helps professionals prepare for the CLP exam. Taught by experienced CLP-certified professionals, the emphasis of the course is on the eight CLP domains, the practice exam questions and the participants’ results. The one-day review also includes access to our Virtual Knowledge Community, providing another opportunity for participants to review the domains and to ask questions of the experts. Of those who have taken this review course and the exam, 80 percent passed.

To learn more and to register, visit the LES website. More

Calling All Industry Members!
The AUTM Membership Committee will be focusing on how AUTM can better serve our industry colleagues in 2014. Your input is needed. Join us for a conference call at 2 p.m. EST, Jan. 28. Dial 1-800-503-2899 and access code 6808126. RSVPs are requested, but not required. Email to RSVP and/or request an international toll-free number. More

Renaissance BioScience Licenses University of California Technology
Renaissance BioScience Corp. via Brewbound
Renaissance BioScience Corp. announced that it has exclusively licensed, from the Regents of the University of California, patented and patent-pending technology for the development and commercialization of yeast strains that reduce the formation of hydrogen sulfide in wine and other fermented products.More

Virginia Innovation Partnership Awards $800,000 to Projects
UVA Today
The Virginia Innovation Partnership, a statewide network designed to accelerate innovation and economic growth, has awarded $800,000 to 18 university research projects in Virginia.More

MD Anderson Partners with Pfizer on Cancer Immunotherapies
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has a new partnership with Pfizer that moves forward a key component of the hospital's year-old "Moon Shots" program aimed at dramatically improving survival of cancer patients.More

AUTM Asia 2014: Early Registration Deadline Jan. 31
Register by the early registration deadline of Friday, Jan. 31, and save $50! AUTM Asia 2014 is the largest gathering of academic research institutions, industry technology transfer professionals and entrepreneurs in Asia. This meeting brings academic research institutions, industry, technology transfer professionals and entrepreneurs together to examine the latest issues related to commercializing technology.

April 9-11, Grand Hyatt Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
Visit the AUTM Asia 2014 website. Watch the video. Registration. View the program. 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

NEW! AUTM Partnering Forums
In 2014, AUTM will offer new networking events designed to allow you to connect with industry partners in a smaller setting. The AUTM Partnering Forums will be 1-2 day business development meetings, and each will focus on a specific industry niche. Several more AUTM Partnering Forums will be scheduled in 2014. Look for more information in the coming months.

AUTM Partnering Forum: Medical Imaging Technology
April 23-24, 2014
Hosted by Case Western University
Global Center for Health Innovation
Cleveland, OH USA

This new business development meeting will be a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the medical imaging technology sector.More

AUTM to Participate in Capitol Hill Briefing About Technology Transfer
The Congressional Technology Transfer Caucus will conduct a Capitol Hill briefing on technology transfer policy reform. A panel of national experts will discuss university R&D commercialization issues as well as propose policy solutions that accelerate research into the marketplace. The panel includes:

This briefing is free, open to the public and complies with ethics rules. Enhancing University-Industry R&D Partnerships Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 9-10:30 a.m. Cannon House Office Building, Room 122

Learn more. RSVP here. More