AUTM Newsbrief
Mar. 14, 2013

Time to Take a Stand
IP Watchdog
If you're paying attention at all, you must have noticed that there are forces out there who just don't like what you do. Some say you're too focused on making money, some say you're not focused enough — we really should introduce these folks to each other — some don't believe it's moral for universities to work with industry, and many have built very successful careers launching attack after attack on Bayh-Dole and the very patent system itself. And they are not going away.More

Washington University Licenses 'Miracle Molecule' to California Firm
St. Louis Business Journal
Washington University has signed over exclusive worldwide patent rights to a recently discovered vitamin to ChromaDex, an Irvine, Calif.-based natural products company that provides ingredients to the dietary supplement, food and beverage, animal health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. The patent was for nicotinamide riboside, which has been dubbed a "miracle molecule" by researchers and sciences reporters.More

New Michigan I-Corps Program Aimed at Commercializing Inventions
The premise of the new Innovation Corps program is simple: take smart scientists and add savvy businesspeople to make innovating scientific breakthroughs marketable. That equation is going to be tested in a different way as the brand new "Michigan I-Corps" program is rolled out. The program hopes to harness resources across the state to increase the economic impact of research conducted at the state's universities and in private laboratories.More

Patent Trolls by the Numbers
Following President Barack Obama's remarks and reintroduction of the SHIELD Act, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet is holding hearings on litigation abuse by patent trolls. Part of the discussion may focus on patent troll metrics, which draw heavily upon proprietary research as well as Patently-O's own analyses.More

Wichita State Revamps Administration to Boost Research Commercialization
The Wichita Eagle
Wichita State University announced the beginning of a major effort to upgrade its ability to conduct and commercialize research. The new strategy is founded on the premise that luring companies with the promise of university researchers and students will create more jobs and companies for the community.More

Bark Beetle Research Wins Startup $50K Competition Award
A startup company that uses the enzymes of bark beetles to control the devastating effects the beetles can have on a forest was awarded the $50,000 gold prize as winner of the University of Nevada, Reno's Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition. The company discovered the beetle enzymes also have potential uses in a wide range of products, including the pesticide and insect attractant application which the company has selected as the starting point for its business venture.More

Heilongjiang's High-tech Innovations Need Corporate Help
China Daily
Heilongjiang's five major high-tech zones reported combined revenues of $65 billion, up 25.5 percent from a year ago. While the government-sponsored science and technology development system worked well, local authorities are encouraging more active involvement and investment from non-government entities like universities, independent research institutions, corporate R&D facilities and individuals.More

North Carolina Spinout Wants to Help Health Workers Wipe Out Surface Contamination by Harmful Cancer Drugs
MedCity News
Chemotherapy drugs used today are potent and nonselective, meaning they kill both cancerous and non-cancerous cells. That's why cancer patients experience so many troublesome side effects. It's also why a pair of University of North Carolina researchers urge the health care industry to consider if these drugs handled as safely as they should be.More

BASF and Top US Universities Partner for Functional Materials Research
Canadian Plastics
Chemical manufacturer BASF SE is partnering with Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst to research new functional materials, through an initiative called the "North American Center for Research on Advanced Materials."More

AUTM 2014 Call for Topics is Now Open
AUTM is now accepting ideas for educational workshops or special interest groups for their 2014 Annual Meeting. Those interested in submitting an abstract should do so by the April 18 deadline. Click here for an abstract submission form.More

AUTM Webinars
AUTM Professional Development Webinars provide year-round education for technology transfer students and professionals.

Upcoming Webinars:
March 13, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Export Control Basics for Administrative and Support Staff

April 26, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Introduction to Chinese Law and Patent Enforcement

June 6, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
U.S. Patent Application Process — From Start to Finish

June 18, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Small Technology Transfer Offices: Making a Little Go a Long Way

Aug. 21, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Negotiation of License Agreements

AUTM Asia 2013
AUTM Asia 2013 will be the largest gathering of academic research institutions, industry, technology transfer professionals, and entrepreneurs examining issues related to commercializing technology. The three-day event will feature prominent speakers from North America, Asia, and Japan discussing technology transfer trends.

  • AUTM Asia 2013 English Language Flyer
  • AUTM Asia 2013 Schedule
  • AUTM Asia 2013 Sponsorship Request Form

    Many of AUTM's most seasoned leaders will speak on Licensing in Asia (Biotech Case Study), a Review of the Bayh-Dole Act in Asia, Enhancing Industry-academia Collaboration and more. The all-star AUTM lineup includes:

  • Keynote Speaker: Sean Flanigan, RTTP, AUTM President, University of Ottawa
  • Lily Chan, Ph.D., AUTM VP for Membership Development, Eastern Hemisphere, National University of Singapore
  • Kathleen Denis, Rockefeller University
  • Paul Liu, National Chengchi University
  • Robin L. Rasor, CLP, RTTP, AUTM Past President, University of Michigan
  • John Ritter, Princeton University
  • Jon Soderstrom, Managing Director, Yale University

    More speakers. Read the program. View the video. Register. Visit the AUTM Asia website.More

    AUTM's Better World Report Seeks Technologies
    Do you have a licensed technology that is helping make the world a better place? If so, AUTM wants to hear about it. The Better World Report — which celebrates real-world examples of how academic research benefits humankind — is seeking story ideas for 2013. Every month, two fresh stories are featured in a Web-based format.

    You can be a part of this exciting publication by submitting your story ideas. Download the application and submit it at any time. Questions? Contact Managing Editor Lisa Richter at