AUTM Newsbrief
Feb. 28, 2013

National Science Foundation Scales Up Entrepreneurship Program
The National Science Foundation will fund a major expansion of its Innovation Corps program, in an effort to teach NSF-funded university researchers how to build profitable startups around their technologies. In its initial stages, the two-year-old "I-Corps" program has flown researchers to Stanford University, the University of Michigan and Georgia Tech for prototype versions of the "Lean Launchpad" course originally developed at Stanford by serial entrepreneur and startup guru Steve Blank. Now the program is spreading to nine more universities, which have been singled out for three-year grants totaling $11.2 million.More

Arkansas-Little Rock Program Will Help Researchers Go From 'Lab to Launch'
Arkansas Business
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will host "Lab2Launch," a one-day commercialization training event for university researchers and high-tech entrepreneurs, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on March 12. According to a UALR news release, participants will learn how to move scientific discoveries and new technologies toward commercialization.More

10 Tips for Successful Cell Therapy Tech Transfer
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Technology transfer is a foundation for the successful transfer and implementation of the technical know-how from the client to the contract development and manufacturing organization. It should establish an effective communication between the parties, clearly define roles, responsibilities and expectations of the project, and properly position future manufacturing efforts. Follow these 10 tips to transfer and implement technical know-how from clients to CDMOs.More

University's Own Migraine Glasses Research Seeks Crowdfunding via RocketHub
Upstart Business Journal
The Axon Optics RocketHub campaign for eyeglasses that provide migraine relief may look like any other crowdfunding effort. The difference is that the technology that powers the glasses came from an ophthalmologist at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and a researcher from the university's department of electrical engineering.More

Canadian Universities Getting More and More Ideas to Market
The Vancouver Sun
Richard Fedorak, M.D. had an idea for a new medical test to help prevent colon cancer, one that appeared to have commercial value. A doctor of medicine, and researcher with 400 published articles he is an international expert on intestinal disorders. But he had no experience as an entrepreneur, marketer or corporate executive. Just days before the publication of an article on his test — one that would have put his method into the public domain — Fedorak was contacted by TEC Edmonton, a business accelerator that serves as a conduit for innovative technology developments at the University of Alberta.More

18-Year-Old Student Launches Eye-scanning Flash Drive Startup
Maryville Daily Forum
Like a lot of businesses, this one grew out of Aakash Patel's frustration over a common problem, the hassle of keyboarding in a password to access a secure USB data storage device – the flash drive a lot of people these days wear on a keychain or keep handy in a shirt pocket. So, he's developing the BlurPort, a drive which, when used in conjunction with a smartphone, can be accessed through a scanned image unique to the user, such as an eye, finger or other physical feature.More

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