AUTM Newsbrief
May. 8, 2014

Public Sector Takes Sides in Patent-Troll Fight
Transit agencies and public universities have a lot at stake while corporate heavyweights clash over state and congressional efforts to rein in so-called "patent trolls." Proposals before Congress to crack down on patent trolls have pit major tech companies against each other. But they can be just as divisive in the public sector, too.More

Washington Building Teleoperated Robots for Disaster Response in
National Challenge

University of Washington
University of Washington electrical engineers have developed telerobotics technology that could make disaster response faster and more efficient. They are working with a team of eight other organizations as part of the SmartAmerica Challenge, an initiative designed by two of this year's Presidential Innovation Fellows to encourage new technologies that help society in our increasingly connected world.More

The Role of Intellectual Property in Technology Transfer and Competition
Students at Lund University of Sweden learn from an United Nations Conference on Trade and Development partnership how policy frameworks can help build domestic technological capacities and the role of intellectual property rights in this regard.More

Tufts University Licenses Silk Biomaterials Technology to Akeso Biomedical
Tufts University via
Tufts University has announced that it has licensed a novel silk technology for the treatment of chronic skin wounds to Akeso Biomedical, Inc., an early stage medical device company. The technology was invented by David L. Kaplan, Ph.D., Stern Family Professor of Engineering at Tufts University, and his team of researchers at Tufts School of Engineering. More

MCW's Clarke Wants to Build Critical Mass of Medical Entrepreneurs
Bill Clarke, the Medical College of Wisconsin's newly named director of research commercialization, has more than 20 years of experience in academia, clinical practice and the life sciences industry. In his new role at MCW, he says he won't be shy about telling physicians and researchers that their idea is interesting but that it simply won't translate as a business, or that it's a great idea, and here's the game plan for getting it to market. More

AUTM 2014 Region Meetings Announced
AUTM region meetings bring diverse programs of interest to experienced and new-technology-transfer professionals. Focused on best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that culminate in successful product commercialization, each meeting provides a forum for members to connect, exchange ideas and gain valuable contacts.

Region Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities: Sponsorship of AUTM Region Meetings underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field. For details, email Madhuri Carson, or call 847-753-5217.More

AUTM Accepting Scholarship and Literature Review Prize Applications
AUTM is now accepting scholarship applications from students, scholars and new professionals pursuing a career in academic technology transfer.More

AUTM Seeks Fundraising Professional
AUTM is seeking letters of interest from fundraising professionals to assist with its strategies to increase nondues revenues. The funding environment currently offers more opportunities to secure grant funding — especially from government sources — than ever before. This environment may change at the conclusion of the Obama administration, so there is a certain level of urgency to begin activities. Activities will be focused on securing grants from government and foundations and expanding corporate engagement, cultivation and sponsorship.

Letters must be submitted via email in PDF format by July 31.

Learn more about this unique opportunity. More

AUTM Videos Spotlight Technology Transfer Benefits: More Grants Available
Additional grants are available in AUTM's Put a Face On It video project, which spotlights the real-world connection between our members' work and its ability to transform people's lives. The videos can be used in presentations to build a greater understanding of technology transfer. Share, tweet, or link to the videos to spread the word about your important work!

Learn more about how to submit your own here.


VT KnowledgeWorks Winners to Compete in Global Challenge
The Roanoke Star
The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge was a success, as enthusiastic attendees gathered at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 18. The Entrepreneurship Challenge provided a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech and entrepreneurs to present before a panel of local business leaders.More

BIO Event Featuring Academia in Pavilion, Forum
Trade Show News Network
The 2014 BIO International Convention will highlight the role of academia in the advancement of the biotechnology field through the BIO Alliance Pavilion and the Translational Research Forum taking place June 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center.More

ABI Expansion Includes Commitment to Wichita State's Innovation Campus
Wichita Business Journal
A recent announcement that the ABI Group of Companies is expanding its manufacturing operations to the Newton City/County Airport in Kansas wasn't the company's only expansion news. It was also announced that ABI will become part of the Innovation Campus at Wichita State University.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 as soon as possible. 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 Business Development Course — Medical Devices
Save the date for this first in a series of AUTM business development courses designed to provide in-depth education on specific industry sectors. This course focuses on the medical device industry and how regulatory, legal and business issues affect commercializing technologies in the medical device space. Registration for this course will open in early July.

Nov 12–13, Chicago Marriott O'Hare, Rosemont, IL, USA

View Schedule at a Glance. Faculty.

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.More

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

June 17
Federal Award Terms: What Do They Mean for You?
Learn how restrictions impact technology transfer and what constraints they might impose on the ability to license university technologies. This webinar will discuss the implications of such terms and strategies for handling them..

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 the North Carolina State University: Natural Enzyme Helps Farmers Feed the World. 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