AUTM Newsbrief
Jan. 26, 2012

University of Minnesota startup builds app for safer teen driving
Twin Cities Business
Do you ever wish you could monitor your teen's driving habits? Or ensure they're not texting or talking on the phone while behind the wheel? Now there's an app for that. Drive Power, LLC, launched a mobile application designed to monitor and coach drivers, especially teens. The Minneapolis-based startup licensed the technology — which was developed by researchers from the University of Minnesota's mechanical engineering department — from the university's Office for Technology Commercialization. More

10 things you should know as the new patent law goes into effect
The National Law Journal
Several patent practitioners were asked to come up with a list of things lawyers should know about the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, enacted on Sept. 16. Most notably, the patent reform law moves the United States from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file patent system. More

Fungus research at Montana State could help biofuels production
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Yellowstone's hot springs are a haven for researchers interested in the prevalence of life in some of the world's harshest environments. An acid-tolerant fungus living in the hot springs has researchers at Montana State University excited. The oil the fungus produces contains a ratio of oleic and steric acids that's nearly ideal for biofuels.More

Tabletop computer knows you by your shoes
Technology Review
New research from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, aims to quell the frustration and strife that can come when multiple people use a single touch screen. The project, called Bootstrapper, uses cameras below a table to identify different users by their shoes. Each set of shoes is linked to an account that keeps track of a person's actions and preferences.More

University Of Kansas research leads to new startup company
University of Kansas research has led to the creation of a new startup company that will develop online curriculum for healthcare professionals involved in managing the care of cancer survivors. The startup company, Cancer Survivorship Training Inc., will provide online and mobile resources and education to healthcare professionals to help them better treat and advise cancer survivors.More

Novel nanomaterial-based technology to enhance efficiency of solar cells
Scientists from the University at Buffalo together with researchers from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have demonstrated a nanomaterial-based technology to enhance the electrical output of a solar cell by embedding it with charged quantum dots and by improving the lifespan of photoelectrons.More

Governor seeks to spur technology transfers in Maryland
Baltimore Business Journal
The call from many of Maryland's university and technology leaders for help turning discoveries into startup companies has reached Gov. Martin O'Malley's ears. O'Malley's administration announced that it is pushing for the creation of a new statewide program that would bring together Maryland's public and private universities, federal research labs and its quasi-public technology agency to create new jobs and companies by catapulting promising discoveries into the business world.More

New vaccine protects pigs against E.coli
Iowa Farmer Today
South Dakota State University is partnering with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. to develop a new vaccine to protect pigs against a deadly form of E. coli. The research and resulting technology was developed by associate professor Weiping Zhang and professor David Francis in SDSU’s Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, according to a news release.More

How to Market your Technologies with the AUTM GTP
Noon – 1:00 p.m. EST | Feb. 7
Learn about AUTM's Global Technology Portal in a free webinar titled, How to Market Your Technologies with the AUTM GTP. What's the GTP? It's AUTM's exciting, new tool for showcasing academic technologies available for licensing.More

AUTM 'Better World Report' seeks technologies that help the world
Do you have a licensed technology that is helping make the world a better place? If so, we want to hear about it. The Better World Report — which celebrates real-world examples of how academic research benefits humankind — is seeking story ideas for the 2012 edition. This year’s report will feature two stories per month in a dynamic, interactive, Web-based format. To learn more or to download a submission form, visit the Better World Project website at The first cutoff for submissions is Feb. 15. Subsequent deadlines will be announced throughout the year on a quarterly basis. More