AUTM Newsbrief
Jan. 31, 2013

Healthcare Hero: How Yale's Jon Soderstrom Became a Technology Transfer Superstar
Connecticut Business News Journal
Jon Soderstrom, Ph.D., once thought he would become a minister. Instead, his career path led to Yale University, where he became managing director of the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR), overseeing the commercialization of inventions stemming from faculty research. "It's a rather improbable journey," acknowledges Soderstrom, who is widely recognized as heading one of the most successful university technology-transfer initiatives in the country.More

New Mexico Congressman Expects Technology Transfer Legislation in 2013
New Mexico Congressman and co-founder of the bipartisan Technology Transfer Caucus, Ben Ray Luján expects to be able to bring legislation this year to support technology transfer, or the adoption of federal research in the private sector. His focus on this issue is driven by his belief that this particular form of partnership between the public and private sector feeds into the president's goals to support entrepreneurship in the U.S.More

How Virginia Universities Are Helping Young Biotech Companies Bridge the 'Valley of Death'
Virginia Business
As president of Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, one of Mark Coburn's primary jobs is helping inventions created at the university reach the marketplace. It's a mission he takes seriously — after all, he owes his daughter's life to medical technology developed from university research. Virginia's research universities increasingly are working with the biotechnology industry to come up with ways to shepherd young biotech companies across the so-called "valley of death" — the gap between the development of a new technology and its successful commercialization.More

University of Toledo's President Cites 'Cultural Divide' as Universities Focus on Economic Development
The Toledo Blade
University of Toledo President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, M.D., believes there is resistance to higher education focusing on universities funding economic development and investing in businesses to create jobs. He made his case during a state meeting focused on commercializing university and college research and technologies. "The cultural divide is extremely deep, very wide and will be crossed only with great difficulty," he told the Ohio Board of Regents' Technology Transfer and Commercialization Task Force.More

Texas Businessman Sees Commercialization as the Key to New Cancer Treatments
Austin American-Statesman
Texas businessman Matt Winkler says the debate over the state's cancer-fighting agency is headed in the wrong direction. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is in legislative lockdown until a criminal investigation and audit shows whether agency officials simply made a mistake when they gave a Dallas startup, Peloton Therapeutics, an $11 million grant without a scientific or business review. A second issue is an $18 million grant to a Houston business incubator, now being reconsidered, because it didn't get a scientific review with its first approval.More

Obama Backs 'Startup Visas' For Foreign-Born Tech Entrepreneurs in Immigration Speech
The Huffington Post
President Barack Obama called on Congress to create a special visa category that allows foreign-born entrepreneurs who launch successful startups to remain in the country. In a major address on immigration policy in Las Vegas, Obama touted the need for a "startup visa" that allows immigrants who found startups to live in the United States as long as they raise a minimum level of financing and employ a certain number of workers. They could "remain permanently" in the country if their startups continue to grow, he said.More

Brain Research by the University of Windsor and the Ontario Brain Institute Advances Ontario's Leadership in Neurosciences
The Windsor Star
Improving your educational prospects through video gaming — it must be every kid's dream. That will become a reality in a year's time thanks in part to a $331,000 grant in support of Think2Learn from the Ontario Brain Institute and the Federal Economic Development Agency. Think2Learn was one of two Windsor businesses — each partnered with researchers at the University of Windsor — to be awarded a total of $931,000 in grants. Tessonics Inc. landed financial aid worth $600,000 to help develop a mobile ultrasonic transcranial imaging device that will be portable enough to allow paramedics to monitor brain injuries at the scene.More

Register Now for AUTM's 2013 Annual Meeting
If you haven't done so already, it's time to register for the AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting. Need to register by mail or fax? Download an application here.

  • View the schedule
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  • Last Call for Exhibitors
    Registration numbers are right on target for a very successful meeting, so don’t miss this prime opportunity to sell existing products or services, promote your organization, or introduce new products. But space is limited, so download the exhibit contract and sign up now.

    For more information, contact Madhuri Carson at +1-847-753-5217 or More

    AUTM/Licensing Executives Society (LES) CLP Exam Review Course
    The AUTM/LES CLP (Certified Licensing Professional) Exam Review Course will be offered in San Antonio on Feb. 27 in conjunction with the AUTM Annual Meeting.

    Designed for professionals involved in patenting, marketing, valuation, IP law, negotiation, and intellectual asset management, the CLP Exam Review Course course focuses on the eight CLP domains, practice exam questions and participant results.

    Learn more and register. More

    Get Ready to Connect at AUTM's 2013 Annual Meeting
    The AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting online partnering tool, AUTM Connect, sponsored by MacMillan, Sobanski & Todd, LLC, is now available. AUTM Connect makes it easy to market technologies, effortlessly set up meetings, and find nearby restaurants and cafés for offsite meetings and get started on important deals.

    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 Eastern Region Meeting Call for Topics
    The AUTM Eastern Region Planning Committee is seeking topics for the AUTM 2013 Eastern Region Meeting. The theme for the meeting is: Where Cells Meet Bytes – On the Boston Common Finding Common Ground Between Biology and Information Technology.

    Topics that are suited to this theme will be given special consideration, such as:

  • Social Media
  • University Licensing
  • IP Legal Issues
  • Smart Device Applications (Apps)

  • To submit a topic, complete an application and return it to AUTM by the Feb. 22 deadline. Questions? Contact Barbara Gunderson by email, or at AUTM headquarters at +1-847-559-0846More

    Better World Report Stories Showcase Medical Ingenuity
    Check out this month's AUTM Better World Report stories, which feature technologies that:

  • Enhance the recovery time for coronary bypass patients
  • Miniaturize a flourometer with multiple uses, from the beach to the bedside

  • The Better World Report features fresh technologies every month, keeping technology transfer and its public benefits top of mind throughout the year. For more information, including how you can submit your story or become a sponsor, visit