AUTM Newsbrief
Jun. 14, 2012

Monitoring Industry Ties
Inside Higher Ed
Many academic and professional groups have guidelines to deal with financial conflicts of interest and to protect research integrity. But they don't do enough, especially in the area of academic freedom, says a report being released by the American Association of University Professors. The report recommends numerous guidelines to encourage more public reporting of professors' industry ties and bans on certain kinds of relationships.More

Life Tech to Commercialize Stem Cell Technologies from CDI
GenomeWeb News
Life Technologies today announced a commercialization deal covering three stem cell technologies from Cellular Dynamics International for the consistent development and growth of human iPS cells for research and bioproduction. Life Technologies will commercialize CDI's Essential 8 Medium, Vitronectin, and Episomal iPSC Reprogramming Vectors, which together address several challenges associated with developing relevant cells, the Carlsbad, CA-based company said.More

Prathista Industries, US Varsity Ink Pact for Tech Transfer
The Hindu
The University of Tuskegee, Alabama, US and Prathista Industries have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for transfer of technology in eco-friendly agri-based products. A high-level scientific team from Tuskegee University, led by its President, Gilbert L. Rochon, and KVSS Sairam, CEO and President of the Hyderabad-based Prathista Industries signed the formal MoU here yesterday. Prathista Industries has research facilities in Choutuppal on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The company produces eco-friendly agriculture and veterinary products. More

Compounds Related to Curcumin Receive U.S. Patent
The Medical News
A U.S patent issued today to the University of Rochester and two other entities for the use of compounds related to a popular spice in the fight against cancer, acne, baldness, and other medical conditions. The patent centers on compounds related to curcumin, the compound that is the main ingredient of the spice turmeric and a central ingredient of curry. The patent is for research led by Chawnshang Chang, Ph.D., director of the George Whipple Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center.More

Professor's Patent Strangles Textbook Sharing on and Offline
ZD Net
The realm of academic file-sharing is notorious — is it legal to share these notes, and this is alright because we need it for the course but it's no longer in print, right? Students sharing textbooks, presentations and notes facilitated by Facebook's new Group feature came to mind — but now, going beyond the realms of copyright infringement, it may go so far as to lower your grades. A new patent has been granted to economics professor Joseph Henry Vogel, who is dead-set on stopping the "infringing" behavior of devious students who share or lend textbooks — whether off or online.More

China Changes Patent Law in Fight for Cheaper Drugs
China has overhauled parts of its intellectual property laws to allow its drug makers to make cheap copies of medicines still under patent protection in an initiative likely to unnerve foreign pharmaceutical companies. The Chinese move, outlined in documents posted on its patent law office website, comes within months of a similar move by India to effectively end the monopoly on an expensive cancer drug made by Bayer AG by issuing its first so-called "compulsory license." The action by China will ring alarm bells in Big Pharma, since the country is a vital growth market at a time when sales in Western countries are flagging.More

UCLA, Rice University Make Phase-change Memory Breakthrough
Researchers from Rice University and UCLA unveiled a new data-encoding scheme this week that slashes more than 30 percent of the energy needed to write data onto new memory cards that use "phase-change memory" (PCM) — a competitor to flash memory that has big backing from industry heavyweights. The breakthrough was presented at the IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Francisco by researchers from Rice University's Adaptive Computing and Embedded Systems (ACES) Laboratory.More

Vanderbilt aims to bank on new ideas
Nashville Business Journal
Vanderbilt University's technology transfer program has signed its first local startup in more than two years, signaling the program's renewed focus on drug, medical device and life science discoveries. Local serial entrepreneur Shawn Glinter of NanoFerix signed an agreement with the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization to research a tech application that he hopes to market to established pharmaceutical companies.More

Startup Act Introduced in House of Representatives
The Startup Act 2.0 (H.R. 5893) has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The House bill is similar to the Senate version — The Startup Act (S.1965). Both bills feature free agency as proposed solutions. AUTM opposes free agency; you can read the AUTM position statement here.More

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