AUTM Newsbrief
Apr. 25, 2013

Being Green: Bayh-Dole Makes Every Day Earth Day
IP Watchdog
Normally when we discuss the impact of the Bayh-Dole Act, allowing universities and small companies to commercialize inventions made with federal support, we focus on the life sciences where the resulting new drugs and therapies dramatically improved lives for millions around the world. However, the celebration of Earth Day is an appropriate time to consider the contributions our publicly funded research organizations — partnering with an entrepreneurial private sector — make in protecting our environment.More

'Significant' Changes Announced at Utah's Tech Commercialization
The Salt Lake Tribune
The University of Utah is eliminating a high-ranking position dedicated to commercializing the school's ideas and research, one move in a set of "significant" changes. The U. is also retooling its process to give outside business people more influence. A new external advisory board will include an attorney, investors and entrepreneurs from around the country, chaired by Richard K. Koehn, a former U. vice president-turned CEO.More

BC Research Facility Strikes Partnership with Merck
The Vancouver Sun
Add global pharmaceutical company Merck to the list of private-sector investors in a national drug research center at University of B.C. Merck Canada announced that it is providing $2 million to the Center for Drug Research and Development — a national nonprofit center of excellence that helps develop and commercialize drug development projects originating in the public sector.More

New Lithium-Ion Battery 2,000 Times More Powerful, Recharges 1,000 Times Faster Than Others
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new lithium-ion battery technology that is 2,000 times more powerful than comparable batteries. According to the researchers, this is not simply an evolutionary step in battery tech, it's a new enabling technology that breaks the normal paradigms of energy sources.More

The 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2013
MIT Technology Review
Our definition of a breakthrough is simple: an advance that gives people powerful new ways to use technology. It could be an intuitive design that provides a useful interface or experimental devices that could allow people who have suffered brain damage to once again form memories. As a whole, this annual list is intended to not only identify which technologies you need to know about, but also to celebrate the creativity that produced them.More

Toward an Ecological Model of Research and Development
The Atlantic
The belief that basic or pure research lays the foundation for applied research was fixed in science policy circles by Vannevar Bush's 1945 report on Science: The Endless Frontier. Unfortunately, his unsubstantiated beliefs have remained attractive to powerful advocates of basic research who seek funding for projects that may or may not advance innovation and economic growth. Shifting the policy agenda to recognize that applied research goals often trigger more effective basic research could accelerate both applied and basic research.More

TTOs Weigh in on Social Media: Proponents and Detractors Offer Important Insights
By Danielle McCulloch
Earlier this spring, I participated on an AUTM Annual Meeting panel called "Social Media Unplugged: Is It Worth the Hype?," which explored how technology transfer offices can use social media to better position their organizations and innovations for success. To prepare for this panel, I conducted an online survey of tech transfer professionals. For those using social media in their work, the survey asked which tools they use and whether they find it helps them achieve their goals. For those not using social media, why not? More

Inkjet-Printed Graphene Electrodes May Lead to Low-Cost, Large-Area, Possibly Foldable Devices
Although inkjet-printed graphene has been previously demonstrated, the graphene patterns printed in a new study are about 250 times more conductive than previous patterns. The printed graphene ink is also highly tolerant to bending stresses, with the ability to withstand folding with only a slight decrease in conductivity. As the researchers explain, inkjet printing is an attractive method for printing electronic components because it is low-cost, can print large areas and can print on flexible substrates.More

A Touch-Screen You Can Pinch, Poke and Stretch
Discovery News
There are touch screen displays and 3-D displays, but now there's one that combines the two: a flexible screen that users can pinch, poke and stretch. The screen, designed by members of MIT's Media Lab, is called Obake, named after a shape-shifting spirit of Japanese myth. 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

Arizona Lays Out Roadmap for Technology Transfer
Inside Tucson Business
"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

The New Lightest Material on Earth Might Be the Key to Cleaning Oil Spills
Fast Co.Exist
It weighs less than air, yet withstands punishment from crushing to burning without a scratch and soaks up oil spills better than today's materials. A new class of materials, carbon nanotube aerogels, is claiming title to the lightest material on Earth and, perhaps one day, among the most useful. For the last two decades, the focus has been on creating silica or polymer aerogels. But carbon nanotubes are opening up a whole new area of muscular applications, say scientists from the University of Pennsylvania.More

New WVU Project to Help Students Get Patents
The State Journal
When West Virginia University announced that it had received an $80,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to start a student intellectual property patent services, or SIPPS, project to help students that need patents, The State Journal called to ask: How often can a student really need a patent? Turns out it's much more often than one might think.More

Alabama-Huntsville Partner Company is Designing New Pathogen ID Device
Infection Control Today
GeneCapture, a resident company at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala., has proven its patented technique in the lab and is now developing an automated prototype for higher throughput testing. The product involves unique DNA probes that "capture" a genetic signature quickly, and thus can be used to identify the presence of one of many specific pathogens in a sample, be it human, plant, food or animal.More

AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting
The AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting is the one-stop shop for industry deal makers and investors to network with nearly every academic research institution in the world in one place at one time.

Registration for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting will open in September 2013. Watch for announcements in the coming months. More

AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012 — Deadline extended to May 2
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. The data collection deadline for the FY2012 survey has been extended to May 2. To become part of this valuable resource, contact the survey administrator.More

AUTM/NCET2 Supplemental Startup Survey: FY2012
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 basic information on the technologies that they licensed. The output from the AUTM-NCET2 project is an interactive map. The data collection deadline for the Supplemental Startup Survey: FY2012 has been extended to May 2. Institutions must participate in the survey to be represented on the map. Contact the survey administrator for more information on how to participate.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

Connect with Colleagues at an AUTM Region Meeting
Central Region Meeting
July 17-19
The Hyatt Regency Indianapolis — Indianapolis, IN USA
Registration is now open.

Eastern Region Meeting
Sept. 9-10
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers — Boston, MA USA

Western Region Meeting
Sept. 30-Oct. 1
The Nines Hotel — Portland, OR USAMore

Become an AUTM Sponsor
AUTM offers many ways for your organization to increase its visibility within the technology transfer community. Consider sponsoring one of the upcoming region meetings. A variety of sponsorship levels are available or consider a customized sponsorship package.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and pricing, visit the AUTM website or contact: Madhuri Carson, +1-847-753-5217.More

Better World Project Seeks Technologies
Have a licensed technology that is helping make the world a better place? If so, we want to hear about it. The Better World Project spotlights real-world examples of academic research that benefits humankind is seeking story ideas. Questions? Contact Managing Editor Lisa Richter.More

Gene Schuler 1947-2013
Eugene "Gene" Schuler passed away on April 17, following a courageous battle with cancer. A recipient of AUTM's 2012 Bayh-Dole Award, given in recognition of untiring efforts to foster and promote intellectual property activities, Gene will be remembered for his kindness and compassion and his contributions to the advancement of the technology transfer profession.

AUTM extends its deepest condolences to Gene's family and friends. Obituary. More