AUTM Newsbrief
Jun. 6, 2013

Why Business Should Do More to Commercialize University Research
The Globe and Mail
Businesses aren't doing their part to help commercialize university research in Canada, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. Canadian universities spend more than $11 billion a year on research and development — more per capita than U.S. universities — but they are laggards when it comes to "technology transfer," concludes social scientist Peter Howitt, professor emeritus at Brown University and a C.D. Howe resident fellow.More

Governor Cuomo Announces $60 Million for SUNY Technology Collaboration
The Post-Standard
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has awarded $60 million to four collaborative SUNY projects through the state's competitive NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. Four groups of SUNY colleges were awarded $15 million each.More

Life Sciences Innovation Day to Focus on Future of Commercialization
Boston Business Journal
There's been a lot of discussion recently about whether the future of drug and medical device companies will be anything like the past.The founding director of Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center says that's why the theme of Wednesday's Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day, the biggest day for life sciences startups and innovation in the state, will be "Business as Usual or Brave New World."More

University Will Anchor New CORTEX Building
Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis will be the anchor tenant in a $73 million laboratory and research facility projected to open at the end of the year in the CORTEX bioscience district. CORTEX, a nonprofit organization, is a collaboration of Washington University, Saint Louis University, BJC Healthcare, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Its goal is to develop a 187-acre Central West End area into one of the nation's leading research districts.More

Innovative New Nanotechnology Stops Bed Bugs in Their Tracks — Literally
Stony Brook University via
Bed bugs now need to watch their step. Researchers at Stony Brook University have developed a safe, non-chemical resource that literally stops bed bugs in their tracks. This innovative new technology acts as a man-made web consisting of microfibers 50 times thinner than a human hair which entangle and trap bed bugs and other insects. This patent-pending technology is being commercialized by Fibertrap, a private company that employs non-toxic pest control methods.More

Assay Developed to Rapidly Detect Disease That Hurt Oyster Industry
Oregon State University via
Scientists in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University have developed a new, inexpensive and precise way to detect the toxin secreted by Vibrio tubiashii, a bacterial disease that a few years ago caused millions of dollars in losses to the oyster aquaculture industry in the Pacific Northwest.More

Eight Small Companies Awarded Grants for Research Partnerships with Michigan Universities
The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) Friday announced eight Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grant awards that will enable research partnerships between small Michigan businesses and MCRN universities. SCIP provides one-to-one matching funds to support collaborative research projects between small and mid-sized Michigan-based companies and MCRN universities.More

University of Minnesota Opens New Medical Devices Center in Minneapolis
The Star Tribune
Determined to enhance its medical technology prowess, the University of Minnesota opened a state-of-the-art Medical Devices Center in Minneapolis that officials hope will birth more commercially viable products and shore up the U's reputation as a critical medical innovator.More

UTSA, Southwest Research Institute Invest in Promising New Research Projects
UTSA Today
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of the Vice President for Research and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have selected two new research projects to receive $200,000 in seed funding through their joint Connect program. The Connect program was established in 2010 to stimulate inter-organizational research between UTSA and SwRI in fields such as advanced materials, chemistry and chemical engineering, energy, environment, security and manufacturing.More

Improving the Safety of the Nation's Blood Supply
R&D Magazine
A six-year collaboration between industry and the University of Wisconsin-Madison RFID (radio frequency identification) Lab has achieved a major milestone with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearing the first RFID-enabled solution to improve the safety and efficiency of the nation's blood supply.More

'Robot, Pour Me a Beer!' Scientists Program Robot to Anticipate Needs
Nature World News
Scientists at Cornell University's Personal Robotics Lab developed a robot that can utilize a prediction algorithm to correctly anticipate human actions and respond with helpful tasks like opening a refrigerator door or delivering and pouring a beer.More

New Wireless Electronics Could Heal Wounds and Then Dissolve
Nestled inside a wound, a remote-controlled device perks up and begins releasing bacteria-killing heat, a form of thermal therapy that can fell even the most drug-resistant microbes. After it does its job, the electronic heater dissolves, and its biocompatible ingredients become part of the person it has helped to heal.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:

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 by the June 14 deadline.More

AUTM 2013 Central Region Meeting — Early Bird Discount Ends Today!
Today is your last chance to register and save $50 for the AUTM 2013 Central Region Meeting, which will be held July 17-19 at The Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

The meeting brings diverse programs of interest to technology transfer newcomers and veterans alike. The meeting is an excellent forum for central region members to connect, exchange ideas, ask questions and gain valuable contacts.

Download the program now to view session descriptions, networking activities and more. Register. Schedule at a Glance.More

Get Ready to Partner at the AUTM 2013 Eastern Region Meeting
The AUTM 2013 Eastern Region Meeting will gather technology transfer professionals to discuss best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships and new strategies to help weather complicated economic times. In addition to timely sessions by our profession's most sought-after speakers, this year the Eastern Region Meeting also features AUTM Connect™, the same partnering tool used at the AUTM Annual Meeting. AUTM ConnectTM makes it easy to set up partnering meetings on your computer or your smartphone.

Register. Schedule at a Glance.More

Sponsor an AUTM Region Meeting
AUTM offers many ways for your organization to increase its visibility within the technology transfer community. Consider sponsoring an AUTM region meeting. A variety of sponsorship levels or customized sponsorship packages are available. For more information, contact Madhuri Carson, +1-847-753-5217.


AUTM Better World Project Featured Stories — June 2013
The AUTM Better World Project features two new stories each month that spotlight real-world examples of academic research that benefits humankind –keeping technology transfer and its public benefits top of mind throughout the year.

Featured stories for June 2013:

Click here to learn how to submit your own story to the online database.More

Become a Sponsor
Better World Project sponsor logos appear on the reports generated by those who search. To learn more about becoming a Better World Project sponsor, check out the sponsor brochure or contact Madh Carson.More

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

June 6, Noon – 1:30 p.m. EDT
U.S. Patent Application Process - From Start to Finish
Enhance your understanding of the U.S. patent application process from start to finish. Includes discussion of the steps taken to obtain a U.S. patent and overviews of each part of the application (abstract, drawings, summary, claims).

June 18, Noon – 1:30 p.m. EDT
Small Technology Transfer Offices: Making a Little Go a Long Way
Explores effective practices of small technology transfer offices (TTO). Beneficial for those that would like to grow a new or existing small office dramatically.More