AUTM Newsbrief
Jun. 20, 2013

Supreme Court's Ruling on Gene Patents Opens New Avenues for University Research
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The four-year battle over the genetic marker of an elevated risk of breast cancer was, for many, a mind-numbing slog through complicated science. Now begins the even longer and murkier process of assessing the sum of gains and possible losses for university researchers and the wider public.More

Court: Human Genes Cannot be Patented
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday that human genes cannot be patented. But in something of a compromise, all nine justices said while the naturally occurring isolated biological material itself is not patentable, a synthetic version of the gene material may be patented. Legal and medical experts believe the decision will have a lasting impact on genetic testing, likely making varieties more widely available and more affordable.More

AUTM's Position on Gene Patenting Decision
AUTM agrees with both parties and the Court that diagnostic tests should be available for the benefit of the public. It supports the encouragement of rapid medical innovation, applied and practical biotechnology, university basic genetic research, collaboration among universities and the medical community and translation of genetic discoveries into tangible medical tests. AUTM believes in the importance of intellectual property protection and remaining competitive with other countries in developing lifesaving technologies.

AUTM continues to assess this important ruling. For ongoing updates regarding this and other technology transfer related advocacy issues visit the advocacy page of the AUTM website.More

Emory University Launches Drug Commercialization Venture
The Atlanta Business Chronicle
Emory University has launched a public-private drug development enterprise that will transition scientific discoveries more rapidly and efficiently from university laboratories into the marketplace. The new venture is expected to help address worldwide drug development and commercialization needs.More

New Material Could Drive Down Cost of Leds
New Electronics
A spin off from the University of Washington has created a material which it believes could make led bulbs cheaper and greener to manufacture, driving down the price. LumiSands has developed a material that reportedly does the same thing, but also converts the light to a color temperature closer to that of natural sunlight.More

How to Build a Startup: Stanford's New Free Course
Stanford University is no stranger to startups. According to one study, Stanford students have gone on to create nearly 40,000 companies since the 1930s. And today, companies created by Stanford students — like Google, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco Systems — generate an astounding $2.7 trillion in annual revenue. The university is offering the course "Startup Engineering" on campus, but a version of the course is now available for free through Coursera, a massive open online course platform.More

Patent Issued for Beneficial Animal 'Candy'
Farm & Ranch Guide
A U.S. patent has been granted to a Kansas State University-developed "candy" that stimulates the growth, health and reproductive functions of cattle, bulls and other livestock. The combination of molasses, oilseeds and oilseed extracts that when heated and evaporated, formed a substance that improves absorption of specific omega-3 fatty acids.More

Novel Technology Isolates Unknown Viruses
Researchers at Saint Louis University have developed a way to screen for previously unknown viruses. Their technique involves next-generation genetic sequencing approach called transcriptome subtraction, according to an article published at Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.The university has applied for a patent on the technology with the aim of commercializing it. More

Two Entrepreneurs Win Ben Franklin TechCelerator's Startup Boot Camp
Penn State
The Ben Franklin TechCelerator@State College is pleased to announce the names of the two winners of its recent eight-week Boot Camp Program for budding tech entrepreneurs. Corey Dillon and Chris Houser, from Innovative Interseeding Technology, were awarded a $7,500 prize, while Lindsay Fairman from FairTech Labs took home a check for $2,500.More

Oklahoma State University Sets $2 Million Royalty Record for OSU-developed Technologies
The Associated Press via Daily Journal
Royalties for technology developed at Oklahoma State University have topped $2 million for the first time. The royalties were generated last year for the use of university-developed technologies licensed to start-up or existing companies.More

Energy Biosciences Institute Granted Patent for Biofuels
The Daily Californian
The Energy Biosciences Institute, a research program that partners with UC Berkeley and is funded by energy company BP, recently announced the recent awarding of its first intellectual property patent since the institute's formation in 2007.More

Technology Safely Delivers Vaccines to the Gut
A new technology under development by an academic–industry partnership protects oral vaccines from destruction by the digestive system. A new technology that can safely deliver friendly bacteria to the gut is under development by an academic–industry collaboration as an oral vaccine. More

Register for the AUTM Symposium by June 26 and save $75
The AUTM Symposium is a new AUTM course offering 2 1/2 days of in-depth discussions on advanced topics and networking in the heart of Washington D.C. The AUTM Symposium is designed for intermediate to advanced participants.

Read AUTM VP for Professional Development DJ Nag's blog "A Look Inside the AUTM Symposium."

Aug. 14 - 16, 2013
USPTO Headquarters
Global Intellectual Property Academy
Alexandria, VA USA

Download a program for full details. Register. Schedule at a Glance. More

AUTM 2014 Board of Directors — Call for Nominations — Extended Deadline June 28
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 28 deadline.More

AUTM 2013 Central Region Meeting — Raising the Game
There's still time to register for the AUTM 2013 Central Region Meeting, which takes place July 17-19. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with technology transfer professionals in the Central region!

Register online through July 1. After July 1, in-person registration fees apply.

Download the program now to view session descriptions, networking activities and more.

Register. Schedule at a Glance.More

AUTM 2013 Eastern and Western Region Meetings to Offer AUTM Connect™
AUTM's 2013 Eastern Region Meeting and the Western Region Meeting will feature AUTM Connect™ , the same partnering tool used at the AUTM Annual Meeting. AUTM Connect™ makes it easy for attendees to set up partnering meetings on via computer or smartphone. Plus, those on the AUTM GTP will have their available technologies pulled from the GTP into the partnering system for potential licensees to browse.More

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

July 23, Noon – 1:30 p.m. EDT
Certified Licensing Professional: A Career Development Opportunity
Join us for a free webinar to learn the history of the Certified Licensing Professional Inc. organization and certification. Learn why the CLP credential was established and why it is important to your career path. Learn more or register.

Aug. 21, Noon – 1:30 p.m. EDT
Negotiation of License Agreements
This session will explore strategies to help you negotiate through the process without losing momentum, sacrificing deal terms or adversely impacting the long-term relationship with a future licensee. Learn more or register.

AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list at the AUTM Marketplace. More

AUTM Seeks Volunteers
AUTM is currently offering a variety of opportunities for new and seasoned members to volunteer on its more than 30 committees. Volunteers play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of AUTM and contribute to the decision-making process that helps shape the association. Significant volunteer contributions are acknowledged through the Volunteer Award Program, which includes the AUTM Volunteer of the Year, the AUTM Volunteer Service Award and past honorees.

Visit the AUTM Volunteer Center and volunteer today. More