AUTM Newsbrief
March 10, 2011

AUTM releases guidelines to distinguish the expectations of stakeholders in the technology commercialization process
AUTM has developed best practices for balancing the reasonable expectations of each party vested in the academic technology commercialization process. With the release of the AUTM Guidelines for Balancing Stakeholders' Interests, AUTM seeks to define and balance the varied and sometimes only partially aligned interests of inventors, the academic institution and the public at large. The guidelines were unveiled during the AUTM 2011 Annual Meeting.More

EndoLumina awarded AUTM Venture Pitch Competition prize
The creation, care and nurturing of academic startups is a high profile aspect of what technology transfer offices do. AUTM took a bold step forward to highlight this important aspect of the profession by hosting its first Venture Pitch Competition during the AUTM 2011 Annual Meeting held Feb. 27 - March 2 in Las Vegas.More

AUTM and WIPO form partnership
AUTM and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) formalized a partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding during the AUTM 2011 Annual Meeting, Feb. 27 - March 2 in Las Vegas.More

University of Michigan biotech spinoff Lycera strikes deal with Merck
Lycera and Merck will collaborate to pursue new oral drugs to treat autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis. As part of the deal, Merck will pay $12 million upfront to Lycera. But the deal could be worth up to $295 million in milestone payments depending on the key technology's progress. In addition, Lycera would receive royalty payments based on sales performance if the companies' collaboration leads to commercialized therapies.More

New touch screen technology uses sound navigation
eWEEK Europe
A Cambridge University spinoff has developed acoustic processing technology that could be used to replace the touch-screens currently used in smartphones and other devices. Input Dynamics was founded in 2008 by Cambridge University department of engineering researcher Jens Enzo Nyby Christensen. The company argues that its "TouchDevice" technology has benefits for the environment, because handsets using it wouldn't need to use rare metals such as indium, used in the manufacture of current touch screens.More

GenOsteo and SpineSmith to take UTSA's first licensed technology
to market

UTSA Today
San Antonio-based GenOsteo Inc. and Austin-based SpineSmith Partners announce an agreement to commercialize a synthetic scaffold that can be used with adult stem cells (ASCs) to produce a new and highly effective bone graft material. The scaffold, developed by biomedical engineers at The University of Texas at San Antonio, provides an optimal way to use ASCs for spinal fusion and restoring bone lost because of trauma or disease.More

Two companies to develop sensors to monitor environment
The A to Z of Sensors and Sensing Technology
The University of Michigan has launched two new startups called EngXT and Civionics. They will join the Life Magnetics division.More

LED light manufacturer brings new green jobs to Texas
As the U.S. gears up for the forthcoming phaseout of incandescent light bulbs, two schools of action are emerging. One, spearheaded by Texas Congressmen Joe Barton and Ron Paul, seeks to roll back the plan. The other is represented by companies like Firefly LED Lighting, a Texas-based company which manufactures energy efficient lighting products in Texas. Firefly has been in the news recently because it won a $3 million award from the Austin Technology Incubator. The Technology Incubator in turn is a spinoff of the University of Texas at Austin. More

Cracking crimes with a new DNA technique
The Jerusalem Post
Providing certainty without a reasonable doubt is not possible when the DNA comes from multiple sources at a crime scene. According to police officials in Israel, this happens in about 1-in-10 cases, meaning that important evidence for putting a criminal behind bars is lost. But a new technique developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem by a professor and his student takes the uncertainty out of DNA samples, when more than one person's DNA fingerprint is in the mix.More