AUTM Newsbrief
May. 9, 2013

The Promise of University IP Commercialization
Venture Atlanta
American universities have long been recognized as research power houses across a wide variety of fields. But of late, these institutions of higher learning are increasingly on the forefront of bringing new technologies to market, spawning startups and indirectly creating jobs. Georgia universities are no exception.More

Patent Quality Improvement Act Hits Congress
New legislation introduced to Congress aims to change the patent review process to curb the influx of new patent-related lawsuits. The new legislation, called the Patent Quality Improvement Act, would also change language for what types of businesses are covered under current America Invents Act, something Schumer says would better include technology start-ups.More

Charging Electric Vehicles Cheaper and Faster
Chalmers University of Technology via Science Daily
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a unique integrated motor drive and battery charger for electric vehicles. Compared to today's electric vehicle chargers, they have managed to shorten the charging time from eight to two hours.More

University Partners With Sony to Find Cure for 'Lazy Eye'
University of Nottingham via Medical Xpress
The University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, have been working with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to develop special 3-D glasses and games to help treat children suffering from lazy eye. Software engineers from SCEE are now supporting scientists and medics at the University and the QMC involved in I-BiT in their quest to further develop games as a novel and effective method for treating lazy eye.More

Florida Universities Play Matchmaker for Tech Startups
Bradenton Herald
Some of the newest technology innovations are being created at Florida universities, and they are ready for businesses to latch onto and commercialize. Gatorade, which was developed at the University of Florida, is one of the most famous university inventions, but the process of matching university inventors with businesses has changed quite a bit since Dr. Robert Cade and the university battled over patents and royalties in the 1960s.More

NASA Giving $9.8 Million to SMBs for Trip to Mars
FOX Business
U.S. small businesses may be headed to Mars — literally. NASA announced the 14 winning proposals from U.S. small businesses and teams at research institutions for contracts totaling $9.8 million. The U.S. space agency says the funding will allow the small business recipients to continue working on innovative, high-tech projects needed for future space missions. The program is called Small Business Technology Transfer — named for the way small businesses facilitate the transfer of ideas from research institutions and universities and turn them into viable technologies.More

3 Brilliant Health Technologies from Student Inventors
Having a good idea isn't enough to make a difference in the world. You also have to be able to sell that idea to everyone else. The four finalists for the Challenge's Technology Venture Competition presented their pitches: a bio-inspired catheter, a diabetes management app, a device that can diagnose head trauma by tracking users' eye movements and an app to help researchers organize their data. They had to prove that their projects were more than useful — they had to be profitable, too.More

New Device Can Extract Human DNA With Full Genetic Data in Minutes
University of Washington engineers and NanoFacture have created a device that can extract human DNA from fluid samples in a simpler, more efficient and environmentally friendly way than conventional methods. The device will give hospitals and research labs a much easier way to separate DNA from human fluid samples, which will help with genome sequencing, disease diagnosis and forensic investigations.More

Columbia University's Low-cost Robotic Arm is Controlled by Facial Muscles
VideoBriefWe've seen Emotiv's Epoc headset control cars and trapeze acts, but now a small posse of students at Columbia University is teaching it how to control a robotic arm. The appendage, aptly named ARM for Assistive Robotic Manipulator, was envisioned as a wheelchair attachment to help the disabled. According to the team, the goal was to keep costs in the neighborhood of $5,000 since insurance outfits Medicare and Medicaid won't foot a bill for assistive tech that's much more than $10,000.More

Patented Technology Developed at Ohio State Leads to Startup
Drovers Cattle Network
Patented technology developed at Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center has led to the creation of a startup company for the production of diagnostic tools and vaccines to combat poultry and livestock diseases.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.More

Shapeshifters: Phones of the Future Could Morph on Demand
The Verge
Scientists at the University of Bristol have developed prototype devices that could drastically change the way we interact with our smartphones and tablets. The six working prototypes, known as "Morphees," are thin, electronic displays capable of automatically changing shape to perform certain functions.More

AUTM 2014 Board of Directors — Call for Nominations
The AUTM Nominations and Awards Committee is pleased to invite all AUTM members to submit nominations for candidates to serve on the 2014 AUTM Board of Directors for the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President for Finance
  • Vice President for Meeting Development
  • Vice President for Membership Development–Eastern Hemisphere
  • Vice President for Metrics & Surveys
  • Vice President for Professional Development

    Position descriptions.

    If you or somebody you know, would like to be considered for one of these positions, please complete the Nominee Form and email it to Vicki Loise.More

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

    May 14, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
    Compliance — From the iEdison User's Perspective
    For technology transfer office administrative support staff who want to gain a better understanding of Federal reporting. Participants are encouraged to bring questions related to government reporting.

    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

    AUTM Region Meetings
    Central Region Meeting
    July 17-19
    The Hyatt Regency Indianapolis — Indianapolis, IN USA
    Registration. Meeting program.

    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, visit the AUTM website or contact Madhuri Carson at +1-847-753-5217.More

    Better World Project — May 2013
    Check out the latest AUTM Better World Project stories:

  • Building a Better Earthquake Defense
  • Inventors Aim to Increase Availability of Eye Screening for Diabetics

    The Better World Project features fresh technologies every month, keeping technology transfer and its public benefits top of mind throughout the year. Click here for more information, including how you can submit your story or become a sponsor. Questions? Contact Managing Editor Lisa Richter. More