AUTM Newsbrief
Feb. 6, 2014

The Role of Universities in Driving New Business Starts
Chicago Tribune
The journey from identifying a promising idea to building a thriving business relies on many components, such as talent, mentorship, capital, access to infrastructure and connections to industry. As the Q4 2013 Index demonstrated, universities are in a unique position to aggregate these components to support the creation of new companies. Higher education institutions attract top talent to the state, offer vital programs and cultivate valuable relationships with leading executives and venture capital firms.More

Michigan's University Research Corridor Makes Strong Showing Among 8 Leading US Research Clusters
Ann Arbor Journal
Michigan's University Research Corridor ranks high among eight university innovation clusters in a new measure that examines R&D spending, research commercialization and talent production, according to a new Economic Impact Report released in January. More

Oxford University Spin-Out Develops Secure Mobile Payments
Mobile Payments Today
Security protocols developed at the U.K.'s Oxford University with U.S. military funding are to be used to create a secure mobile payment app. The OxCept protocols have also been tested for use in secure communications in disaster recovery situations. OxCept, the company behind the OxCept protocols, is a spin-out company from Oxford University.More

M-TRAC Announces Funding for 1st Studies
The Michigan Daily
After the University of Michigan unveiled a new, transportation-based branch of the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program last year, the program announced its inaugural grant winners on Jan. 23. M-TRAC Transportation provides university professors and graduate students the opportunity to pitch proposals for prospective innovations in the transportation industry to a board of experts.More

Richard Kosman: Taking Technology Transfer Global
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Staff members in Einstein's office of business development led by Richard Kosman work with faculty members to further enhance the value of their research and clinical endeavors. Among the objectives of Mr. Kosman and his team is to establish collaborations with commercial, governmental, financial and entrepreneurial partners to transform advances in basic science made at Einstein to clinical applications that can benefit the public. More

Request for Expressions of Interest
AUTM is seeking letters of interest from fund raising professionals to assist with its strategies to increase non-dues revenues. The funding environment currently offers more opportunities to secure grant funding, especially from government sources, than ever before. This environment may change at the conclusion of the Obama administration so there is a certain level of urgency to begin activities.

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IP Hall of Fame™ Nominations
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) is now inviting nominations for individuals to be considered as this year's inductees into the IP Hall of Fame. Founded in 2006, the IP Hall of Fame exists to honor those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the creation of today's global IP system.

AUTM encourages its members to nominate the late Howard Bremer. To make your nomination(s), please visit the nominations website.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 21. More

AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting: On-Site Registration Available
Pre-registration for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting is now closed. But don't panic, because you can still register on site at the meeting!

On-site registration will begin Wednesday, Feb. 19. To expedite the registration process, please download our Onsite Registration Form and bring a completed copy to the AUTM Registration Desk, located at the North Registration counter on Lower Level B2 of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, during the following times:

On-Site Registration Hours
Wednesday, Feb. 19 — 1-7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20 — 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 — 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 — 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

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 2014 Software Course℠
This course is designed specifically for university licensing professionals who work with software and other information assets. The course will provide a survey of basic principles, as well as a study of best practices, emerging models and actual cases, that will benefit both newcomers and experienced practitioners. Participants will leave with the tools to handle basic to complex software asset management and licensing situations.

May 15-16, 2014
Hutton Hotel
Nashville, TN USA

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information. Schedule at a Glance. More

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. More

AUTM Partnering Forum: Medical Imaging Technology
April 23-24, 2014
Hosted by Case Western Reserve 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.

Registration Information. Schedule at a Glance.More

Help AUTM Reimagine Membership
AUTM is looking for new ways to increase the number of professionals who have access to the many benefits of membership. As part of this process, we are exploring several modes for packaging and charging for membership. These approaches include electronic memberships, multi-year memberships, membership transferability, bulk pricing models and others.

Help us measure the impact and appeal of these options by participating in our survey. This survey is open to members and non-members until Feb. 7 and will require no more than 10 minutes of your time.

Your input will help AUTM position itself for continued growth and expanded service to the academic technology transfer profession globally.

Take the survey.More

Michigan's University Research Corridor Ranks High Among US Clusters
Michigan State University
Michigan's University Research Corridor ranks high among eight university innovation clusters in a new measure that examines research and development spending, research commercialization and talent production, according to a new economic impact report.More

NREL Working to Clean Air in Fracking Process
National Renewable Energy Laboratory via
A microbe capable of digesting methane could save countless tons of greenhouse gas from reaching the atmosphere during the hydraulic fracturing process.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 Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members for one low price.

March 4
Post-grant Proceedings Under the AIA
Our panel will walk you through the issues associated with a new proceeding (as of Sep. 16, 2012) that allows parties to challenge the validity of an issued patent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

March 26
Royalty Monetization: Primer, Current Trends and Best Practice
Royalty monetization is a "hot topic" in the technology transfer industry. Hybrid approaches abound, and the landscape is definitely changing. Join us to find out how this topic can affect you, your university, and your inventors.

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

AUTM Royalty and Deals Database Needs YOUR Deals
AUTM has launched the data collection phase for the new AUTM Royalty and Deals Database, a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

We Need Your Deals!
AUTM directors were sent login instructions last month. If you will be responsible for entering deals for your institution and you did not receive an email with your login and a link to the database, contact Chris Harris.

To make the Royalty and Deals Database as successful and meaningful as possible, please visit the database here and enter your deals as soon as possible. As an incentive to provide content, your institution will receive a discount on the subscription price of the Royalty and Deals Database based on the number deals contributed.

If you have questions about the Royalty and Deals Database, please email Chris Harris. More

Call for Finance Volunteers
AUTM is seeking individuals with a strong understanding or experience in non-profit finance to volunteer on its finance portfolio. Positions are open on the Finance, Audit and Investment committees.

Finance Committee Opportunities
Audit Committee Opportunities

Click here to find general information about volunteering with AUTM. More

Better World Project Featured Stories
The Better World Project features inspiring stories about university technologies that make the world a better place. Check out the new featured story from North Carolina State University: Delivering Instant Feedback for Math and Science Students. Then, take a minute to enter technologies from your institution for a chance to be one of the featured stories.

Plus, read AUTM Vice President for Marketing and Communications Betsy Merrick's latest blog to find out how you can make a difference. For more information about the Better World Project, click here.More