AUTM Newsbrief
Mar. 27, 2014

Hunting Bayh-Dole Vampires
Four months after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) rejected the latest attempt to misuse the Bayh-Dole Act to control drug prices, zealots have risen from the crypt claiming the law should be used to haunt drug developers. March-in rights were designed to force universities to issue additional licenses if effective efforts are not being made to commercialize a federally funded invention; if the licensee cannot meet national health, safety or regulatory needs; or if the licensee fails to make the product in the U.S. despite a pledge to do so.

Critics claim there's another trigger — if they don't like the price of a drug. While the cost of new drugs is a concern, their solution sucks the life blood out of a system leading the world in protecting public health.More

New System Helps Speed Transfer of Research Materials at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has launched an automated system for processing and managing Material Transfer Agreements, which govern the transfer of biological materials, chemicals, human tissue samples and other materials between institutions to facilitate academic research. The new system, called MTAShare leverages a standard set of documents developed by the NIH and by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). The standardized documents, which comprise the AUTM MTA Toolkit, facilitate approvals and eliminate the need for negotiations.More

Arizona Launches Defense and Security Research Institute
The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona has launched a new Defense and Security Research Institute that aims to expand the university's strengths in those areas while helping the UA to reach its goal of doubling research expenditures from $600 million to $1.2 billion by 2023. The interdisciplinary institute will help pave the way for new, mutually beneficial partnerships between the UA and industry, which is one of the key goals of the university's "Never Settle" plan.More

Head of Nebraska Medical Center-Backed Startup Plots
Sunscreen Revolution

Omaha World-Herald
A new company, a startup backed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, aims to make sunscreen more effective against aging and cancer. It is the culmination of decades of biotech work — successes, failures and more than a dozen ideas moved to market.More

Washington Research Foundation to Invest in University Researchers, Help Commercialize Innovations
Washington Research Foundation
More innovations coming out of the University of Washington could reach commercialization thanks to a new grant from Washington Research Foundation. The WRF plans to assign a $30 million, five-year grant that will help attract researchers to several programs at the UW — ranging from the Clean Energy Institute to the Institute for Protein Design — and encourage them to move their ideas from the lab to the real world. More

Medical Device 1st Product Developed from University of Kansas'
TAC-Cell Technology

University of Kansas
One outcome of research at the University of Kansas is the potential for discoveries that become products. Over the years, KU researchers have produced numerous inventions — including pharmaceuticals and software — that benefit people while having an economic effect.More

UK Universities Delegates Visit Chile for Closer Education and Scientific Research Links
High-level delegates from twelve British universities recently visited Chile to deepen their partnerships with the U.K., becoming the first large international education delegation to visit under the new Chilean government of President Michelle Bachelet. The delegation will lead to greater partnerships with Chilean counterparts in terms of research, student and academic exchange, English and technology transfer, amongst other areas. 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.

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 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

Johns Hopkins Looks for Ways to Guide Tech Students Toward 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

UCLA Startup to Acquire US Desalination Membrane Innovator
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

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

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