AUTM Newsbrief
Apr. 18, 2013

Arizona Lays Out Roadmap for Technology Transfer
Inside Tucson Business
A little more than a year after announcing plans to overhaul its technology commercialization efforts, the University of Arizona has completed a document to guide the process. "Tech Launch Arizona: Roadmap, 2013-2018," released by the university, charts UA's future course for capturing more revenue from in-house developed technologies and creating more collaborations with private industry.More

$210 Million Collaboration Brings Supercomputing Power to Canada's R&D
Laboratory Product News
A consortium of seven universities led by the University of Toronto and Western University are collaborating with IBM and the Ontario and federal governments to establish a new $210 million dollar research and development initiative that will focus on pressing challenges in cities, water, energy and health care. It will help university and industry researchers use high performance and cloud computing infrastructure to better manage and analyze massive data sets to solve critical world challenges.More

Utah Company Myriad's Gene Patents Go Before Supreme Court
The Salt Lake Tribune
A much-anticipated written decision by a majority of the justices at some point will bring to a close a lawsuit filed in 2009 against Myriad and the University of Utah that poses a classic question: Whether human genes isolated from the human body are eligible for patent protection or remain products of nature that cannot be patented.More

Government Secrecy Orders on Patents Have Stifled More Than 5,000 Inventions
Center for Investigative Reporting via Wired
More than 10 years ago, Robert Gold sought to do what many Americans have dreamed of their whole lives: patent an idea. Gold developed a breakthrough in wireless communications that would help people speak to one another with less interference and greater security. Then it disappeared like a dropped call. The Department of Defense concluded that his invention could be a national security threat in the wrong hands and slapped Gold's patent application with a so-called "secrecy order" in 2002, which prevented him from discussing the technology with anyone.More

Nanoparticle Disguised as a Blood Cell Fights Bacterial Infection
MIT Technology Review
A nanoparticle wrapped in a red blood cell membrane can remove toxins from the body and could be used to fight bacterial infections, according to research. The "nanosponges" work by targeting so-called pore-forming toxins, which kill cells by poking holes in them. If the drug can achieve regulatory approval the major application would be the treatment of bacterial infections, especially those involving antibiotic-resistant bacteria.More

Doctors May Soon Be Able to Print Bodies to Study
Fast Co.Exist
While it may be a while before we're 3-D printing live organs for human transplant, researchers at Notre Dame are pioneering a medical use for the emerging technology that's ready to be put into action today: using 3-D printers to create educational models of skeletons and soft tissue systems. The technique provides a cheap and easy way to turn data from a computer screen into something students and researchers can touch and hold.More

Essay-Grading Software Offers Professors a Break
The New York Times
Imagine clicking the "send" button when you are done with a test or essay and receiving a grade back instantly. And then, instead of being done with that exam, imagine that the system would immediately let you rewrite the test to try to improve your grade. EdX has just introduced such a system.More

The Patent Wars Begin Over Graphene, a Material That's About to Change Our Lives
Business Insider
Graphene is a substance that is about to change our lives: in some ways perceptibly, and in others hidden from view, but nonetheless profound in application and implication for future technology based products.More

Meet the NASA Scientist Who's Reinventing the Wheel
Popular Science
Salim Nasser never thought he'd reinvent the wheel. But he's done it, in a sense, for wheelchairs. Nasser, a NASA engineer, inventor and quadriplegic, has created a wheel that could dramatically reduce how much energy a wheelchair user expends moving his or her chair forward.More

Michigan Touts GapSense Software to Control Data Traffic
University of Michigan researchers' GapSense software enables devices to communicate with one another, exchanging simple stop and warning messages so their communications collide less often. Tests of GapSense have shown it can reduce interference by more than 88 percent on some networks with diverse devices, according to the university. The university is pursuing patent protection for the intellectual property and is seeking commercialization partners to help bring the GapSense to market.More

3 Elements of Every Successful Business Plan
It sounds trite, but the business plan is really the roadmap to success. When done correctly and thoroughly, that document can not only put you on track to proper growth and healthy strategies, but it can also be the perfect way to introduce your company to potential investors. Here's a list of guidelines that will help you craft the right business plan for your organization.More

AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting Call for Topics — Final Deadline
If you have an idea for an educational workshop or special interest group for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting, the AUTM Annual Meeting Program Committee wants to hear from you. Topics are being accepted for a limited time only, so don't miss this opportunity to participate in the premiere academic technology transfer conference.

Before you submit, be sure to read Annual Meeting Chair, Claire Driscoll's blog, "The 7 Reasons Why Your AUTM Annual Meeting Proposal Was Not Accepted."

Visit the AUTM website and submit a topic by the April 18 deadline. More

AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012
Data collection is underway for the AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012. Compiled annually since 1991, the survey includes quantitative data and real-world examples about licensing activities at U.S. and Canadian universities, hospitals and research institutions. All U.S. and Canadian academic institutions are encouraged to participate.

This year's survey report will be available free of charge to survey participants, and survey participants will have free access for one year (2014) to the Statistics Access for Tech Transfer (STATT) database. When the AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012 is published, members whose institutions did not contribute information to the survey will incur a charge to access the survey report and the STATT database.

Data collection for the FY2012 survey will conclude on April 25. If your institution has not received an invitation to participate, and would like to become a part of this valuable resource, contact the survey administrator.More

AUTM/NCET2 Supplemental Startup Survey: FY2012
For the second consecutive year, AUTM is partnering with the National Council for Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) to conduct a Supplemental Startup Survey that quantifies the economic impact of technology transfer. The survey asks members to report the identities of their 2012 startups and basic information on the technologies that they licensed. The output from the AUTM-NCET2 project is an interactive map showing the location of the startups, filterable by year and originating institution.

Data collection for the Supplemental Startup Survey: FY2012 is underway and concludes on April 25. You must participate in the survey to have your institution represented on the map. If you would like more information on how to participate, please contact the survey administrator.More

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

April 26, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Introduction to Chinese Law and Patent Enforcement
This session covers the various options available for Chinese patent enforcement such as the courts, customs and administrative agencies.

May 30, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Social Media Training: How to Effectively Implement & Evaluate Your Social Media Strategy
Learn how to manage your social media strategy on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and even Pinterest. Learn how to assess the impact of your campaigns using a suite of free analytical tools. More

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