AUTM Newsbrief
Mar. 20, 2014

Rasor Appointed Managing Director of Licensing Within Michigan Tech Transfer
University of Michigan
Robin Rasor, M.S., CLP, RTTP, has been appointed to managing director of licensing within the University of Michigan Tech Transfer. Rasor oversees staff handling all functions of the licensing process at the university ranging from management and marketing of invention reports to overseeing all licensing activities, including developing and negotiating appropriate licensing terms for license agreements and maintaining and monitoring existing agreements. More

UCLA Startup to Acquire US Desalination Membrane Innovator NanoH2O
NanoH2O Inc., a manufacturer of reverse-osmosis membranes that purify seawater to drinking quality while lowering the cost of desalination, is being purchased by Seoul-based LG Chem Ltd. for $200 million. The UCLA startup makes water potable from fresh, brackish and saltwater sources. The acquisition is expected to close in April. More

Johns Hopkins Looks for Ways to Guide Promising Tech Students Toward Baltimore Jobs
Baltimore Business Journal
Johns Hopkins administrators know why Baltimore technology companies such as Millennial Media don't hire many of their graduates: Not many of them stick around. "The big question has been connecting those students with local entrepreneurs who are looking for talent," said John Fini, director of intellectual property and technology commercialization at Hopkins' Homewood campus. More

University Plays a Role in SmartKem's Organics Success Story
Electronics Weekly
SmartKem, which develops organic semiconductor materials for flexible displays circuits, says it has gained a commercially competitive advantage from having its technology validated by Bangor University.More

What Would the Nanocollege Merger with SUNYIT Mean for the
University at Albany?

Albany Business Review
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering could merge with a SUNY campus in Utica, N.Y., in 2015 but will continue to develop partnerships with the University at Albany. The nanocollege, which has grown into an $18 billion research hub over the past decade, was formed at the University at Albany. Then, last year, the nanoschool announced it would split from the university. More

Wyoming Partners on Business Development
Boulder County Business Report
The Innovation Center of the Rockies in Boulder will partner with the Wyoming Technology Business Center and the Wyoming Research Products Center at the University of Wyoming to help nurture startups and commercialize inventions springing from research at the university. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed. More

Research Parks Like Progress Park Part of Florida Economy's Lifeblood
Ocala Star Banner
In a lab at the University of Florida Sid Martin Biotech Incubator in Alachua, Tiara King peers into a microscope to study nematodes while her coworkers view Pasteuria spores and conduct quality-control experiments on the microscopic critters. Hundreds of people with advanced degrees in science, engineering and other disciplines — like King — have migrated to North Central Florida, lured by the high-tech job magnet in Progress Park, 14 miles north of the university's main campus. More

AUTM Partnering Forum: Medical Imaging Technology — Early Registration Extended to April 9
April 23-24, 2014
Hosted by Case Western Reserve University
Global Center for Health Innovation
Cleveland, OH USA

First in AUTM's new Partnering Forum Series, this business development meeting will provide a unique opportunity to introduce your institution to all attendees and showcase your medical imaging technologies in a smaller setting.

This event will include a reverse showcase of presentations from our industry partners highlighting technological areas of interest and how to best work with their company; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to medical imaging technology; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering.

Click here to view the universities and industry partners that have been invited to attend.

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

AUTM 2014 Software Course℠
This corse 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.

New this year, a free pre-course webinar on IP basics for software licensing. Learn more.

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.

View the Schedule at a Glance. Download Final Course Program.More

AUTM Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT)
Database Needs YOUR Deals

AUTM has launched the data collection phase for its new Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT) Database (formerly the Royalties and Deals database), a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

TransACT Needs YOUR Deals!
AUTM directors were sent login instructions last month. If you will be responsible for entering deals for your institution and did not receive an email with your login and a link to the database, please contact Chris Harris, AUTM assistant vice president for Deal Terms Database.

To make the AUTM TransACT Database as successful and meaningful as possible, please enter your deals, 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 AUTM TransACT Database based on the number deals contributed.

If you have questions about the AUTM TransACT Database, please contact Chris Harris.More

AUTM Videos Spotlight Technology Transfer Benefits
Explaining the process and benefits of technology transfer clearly and concisely to stakeholders and constituents can be challenging. Enter AUTM's new technology transfer videos.

The new About Technology Transfer video concisely and effectively describes technology transfer and how it benefits us all. The video is an ideal tool for conveying the technology transfer story to stakeholders and constituents. It can be viewed and downloaded here.

The Put a Face On It video project spotlights the real-world connection between our members' work and its ability to transform people’s lives. The videos can be used as marketing tools and leveraged for use in presentations to bring a greater understanding of technology transfer. View the videos here. Find information about participating in the project here. More

2014 Annual Meeting Recordings Now Available
This year, all annual meeting attendees received free access to recordings of annual meeting education tracks and workshops via the AUTM Live Learning Center. The annual meeting sessions were captured as true multimedia recreations with synchronized slides, handouts and are viewable online or as downloads in MP4 format for easy listening.

Experience AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting workshops and educational tracks by visiting the Live Learning Center today!

If you did not attend the meeting, but wish to purchase recordings, please click here.More

AUTM Releases STATT Update
A new update of the Statistics Access for Tech Transfer (STATT) interactive database has been released by AUTM. STATT provides a searchable compilation of U.S. and Canadian licensing survey data from 1991 through 2012, and now includes European data as well.

Version 3.51 improvements include:

  • State and province data now yields more accurate search results
  • Better column labels for spreadsheet exports
  • Table of Canadian/U.S. dollar exchange rates
  • User interface improvements

  • More information about STATT More

    AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2013 Open for Data Collection
    The AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2013 is now open for data collection. The survey will be collecting data through mid-April.

    The survey includes several new and interesting supplementary questions for 2013. Perhaps the most interesting involves listing your most important licensed products, processes or services; those that have had the greatest impact on society.

    Contact to participate.More

    Grant to Aid Advances in Remote Sensing Tools for Climate Change
    University of Kansas
    A team of researchers from the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets at the University of Kansas has received a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to develop technology that better maps and tracks the conditions within glaciers and at the bottom of fast-flowing ice sheets.More

    Agriculture Companies Launch Effort to Standardize Farm Data
    Purdue University researchers and a group of agricultural companies have announced an open source project to standardize farm data formats and improve communication between farm equipment and farm management tools made by different companies.More

    Cyclone Signs Commercialization Agreement with Ohio State
    Accesswire via MarketWatch
    Cyclone Power Technologies Inc., developer of the all-fuel, clean-tech Cyclone Engine, announced that its Ohio subsidiary, Cyclone-WHE LLC, has signed a new agreement for testing/special services with The Ohio State University's prestigious Center for Automotive Research.More

    AUTM Webinars
    AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members for one low price.

    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.

    April 3
    IP Basics for Software Innovations
    This free webinar will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of intellectual property that can be applied to software innovations. It is a perfect starting point for someone new to software licensing and for those who plan to attend the AUTM Software Course May 15–16, 2014, in Nashville.

    AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list. 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 St. Jude Children’s Hospital: Assay Pinpoints Natural Killer Cells To Improve Transplant Outcomes. Take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the featured stories.

    This video from editor Laura Savatski explains how. Or, create a customized report of the stories from your institution that may be already in the database. For more information about the Better World Project, click here.More