AUTM Newsbrief
Mar. 21, 2013

Getting Your Innovation Story to Journalists Who Care
IP Watchdog
Detractors want to change the technology transfer system regardless of how wildly successful it has been. What's more disturbing is that many want to change it back to the way it was before Bayh-Dole was enacted in 1980; back to a time when University technologies and innovations were so cumbersome to license that they simply were not licensed. The Economist has written that Bayh-Dole is the most successful piece of domestic policy legislation in the United States since the end of World War II. So what drives the ongoing calls for change?More

College Student's Healing Gel Could Potentially Eliminate Use of Bandages
Medical Daily
A New York University student created a gel that could stop heavy bleeding, potentially eliminating the use of bandages. The 20-year-old junior at New York University concocted the gel, called Veti-Gel, with an NYU alum who graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance and management. Veti-Gel can heal and clot severe wounds, even organs and major arteries.More

University of Rochester Got $347 Million in Research Awards in 2012
Democrat & Chronicle
While University of Rochester officials say a new report on technology commercialization at the school details a valuable community asset, some new thinking may be necessary to cope with limited federal research funding. In 2010 and 2011, the school got $461 million and $415 million, respectively — thanks to additional money from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In 2012, the university received 455 research grants worth a total of $347 million.More

Study: Female Science Professors Underrepresented on Corporate Scientific Advisory Boards
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Research universities can play a proactive role in reducing the discrimination female professors confront in commercial science activities from starting new firms to serving on corporate scientific advisory boards, a forthcoming study on female underrepresentation on corporate scientific advisory boards contends.More

World 1st: Device Keeps Human Liver Alive Outside Body
Health Canal
The technology, developed at Oxford University and now being trialed at the liver transplant center at King's College Hospital as part of a controlled clinical investigation, could preserve a functioning liver outside the body for 24 hours. A donated human liver connected to the device is raised to body temperature and oxygenated red blood cells are circulated through its capillaries. Once on the machine, a liver functions normally just as it would inside a human body, regaining its color and producing bile.More

Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Named UW-Madison Chancellor
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca M. Blank, who said during a recent visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison that she's tired of political battles in Washington and has always considered college campuses her home, will become the next chancellor of Wisconsin's flagship university. Blank's Washington connections could come in handy for a major research university that depends heavily on federal grants. Her experience as a leading economist also is expected to be an asset as the flagship positions itself to be a driver of economic development in Wisconsin.More

Scots Company Launched to Improve Health of Fish We Consume
STV News
A company has been launched by the University of St. Andrews which could improve the health of the fish we eat. Named Xelect, the company exploits cutting-edge genetics technology developed by researchers at St. Andrews. The team behind Xelect, say that their work could lead to higher disease-resistance and ultimately a healthier end-product.More

Scientist Develops a Multipurpose Wonder Material to Tackle Environmental Challenges
A new wonder material that can generate hydrogen, produce clean water and even create energy. Science fiction? Hardly, and there's more — it can also desalinate water, be used as flexible water filtration membranes, help recover energy from desalination waste brine, be made into flexible solar cells and can also double the lifespan of lithium ion batteries. Scientists at Nanyang Technological University have succeeded in developing a single, revolutionary nanomaterial that can do all the above and at very low cost compared to existing technology.More

Don't Blame the Trolls for the Patent Problem
Trolls are an easy target because they don't make anything, choosing instead to enforce patents against those who do. But curing the patent problem requires general solutions, not ones targeted just at patent trolls.More

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.More

Time to Take a Stand
IP Watchdog
Some say you're too focused on making money, some say you're not focused enough, 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

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 26, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
How You Can Apply for the i6 Challenge Grant

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

May 30, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Social Media Training: How to Effectively Implement & Evaluate Your Social Media Strategy

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'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 More