AUTM Newsbrief
Jul. 10, 2014

BIO 2014: Convention Connects Record Number
BIO 2014 hosted a record-breaking 29,000-plus one-on-one partnering meetings last month in San Diego. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the convention drew 15,667 industry leaders, including nearly 2,500 CEOs from 50 states and 70 countries.

AUTM sponsored two sold-out BIO Business Development Courses and the Alliance Pavilion's Technology Transfer Meetup.

How does AUTM add value to the BIO industry? Watch this BIO Buzz interview with AUTM President Jane Muir.More

Houston Ranks as Top University for Intellectual Property
The Daily Cougar
As of last fiscal year, the University of Houston hit a milestone. It's the top-ranked public university that does not have a medical school for bringing the highest royalty returns on intellectual property. Since 2008, the university has made exponential growth from receiving just $1.1 million dollars in licensing income to $16.6 million dollars for the fiscal year of 2013 reported to AUTM.More

Washington Spinoff Focusing on Device to Detect Heart Condition
Puget Sound Business Journal
Cardiac Insight, a University of Washington spinoff biotech company, has raised $7 million, according to its latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Seattle company has focused on developing new technology that can detect a common form of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation.More

Using Sand to Improve Battery Performance
R&D Magazine
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material is sand.More

Tulsa Professor's Research Leads to Company
The Journal Record via News & Observer
A University of Tulsa professor is taking a one-year sabbatical to expand the school's small portfolio of commercialized intellectual properties. Jeremy Daily, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, has taken the technology he developed at TU that extracts crash data from a vehicle's engine control module and turned it into a company called Synercon.More

Steven Johnson, Bestselling Author, Named AUTM Annual Meeting
Keynote Speaker

Steven Johnson, bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, has just been announced as keynote speaker at the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting, scheduled Feb. 22-25 in New Orleans.

Steven's work on the history of innovation has inspired a six-part television series airing this October on PBS. How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson will explore the power and legacy of great ideas, why and how ideas happen and their sometimes unintended results.

Click here for more information on the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting.More

AUTM 2014 Region Meetings
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

Academic Technology Transfer and Commercialization Graduate Student Literature Review Prize
AUTM is now accepting scholarship applications from students, scholars and new professionals pursuing a career in academic technology transfer.More

Videos Spotlight Lives Transformed by Technology Transfer: Apply For
Grant Today

AUTM's Put a Face On It video project enables technology transfer offices to show how their university-developed innovations personally transform lives.

This is an opportunity for your office to produce a powerful, compelling video — for internal and external stakeholders — about the value technology transfer professionals deliver to the university and community. A limited number of grants are available to cover up to $3,000 of video production costs for qualified submissions.

Learn how to apply for your grant here.More

AUTM Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT)
Database Needs YOUR Deals

Wouldn't it be great to have access to a database full of useful deal information? The good news is you can!

AUTM has launched the Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT), a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

But we can't do it without you. We need your deals! Visit the database and input your data as soon as possible. As a thank you, your institution will receive a discount on the subscription price of the AUTM TransACT Database based on the number deals contributed.

Enter your deals today! By now, you should have received an email with your login. If not, email Chris Harris, AUTM assistant vice president for Deal Terms Database. He's also available to answer any questions you have.


NEW! Sustainability SIG
This new Special Interest Group (SIG) brings together AUTM members interested in sharing best practices of their technology transfer offices to help universities develop the technology and formulate economic and social policy that moves society towards sustainable consumption and renewal of natural resources.

Join the Sustainability SIG.More

AUTM Partnering Forum — Neurologic and Orthopedic Medical
Device Technology: Register Now

This new business development meeting presents a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the neurologic and orthopedic medical device technology sector.

The forum includes a reverse showcase of presentations from industry partners highlighting technological areas of interest and how to best work with them; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to neurologic and orthopaedic medical devices; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering.

Sept. 23-24
Hosted by Wake Forest Innovations
Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Registration Information.
Hotel and Travel Information. View Schedule at a Glance

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship of an AUTM Partnering Forum underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field and helps AUTM keep registration fees low — allowing technology transfer professionals from all backgrounds and skill levels to attend.

Contact Madhuri Carson either via email or by phone at 847-753-5217 with any questions.

Download the sponsorship application now.More

Smart Pill Bottle Gets 2nd Patent
University of Alabama in Huntsville via Medical Xpress
AdhereTech and The University of Alabama in Huntsville have been awarded a second U.S. patent for the smart pill bottle that was invented at the university and is being commercialized by the company. Already in use by patients, AdhereTech's smart pill bottle automatically measures if patients have taken their medication.More

Purdue Technology Could Reduce Falls
Lafayette Journal and Courier
A smartphone worn on the waist to measure gait is one of the most recent innovations developed at Purdue University. The technology, being commercialized as SmartGait, is designed as a tool to aid health care officials in assessing a person's risk of falling, including the elderly and those with Parkinson's disease.More

New Mexico Tech Students Prep Startups for Commercialization
Albuquerque Journal
Five potential startup companies are emerging at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico, to take new technologies to market. More than a dozen students participated in a weeklong boot camp in early June to prepare business plans, marketing strategies and potential presentations to investors for funding to move forward.More

Successful Practices in Small Technology Transfer Offices — Register Now
This two-day course focuses on the challenges and opportunities of working in small offices. Learn how to make the most out of your small office with limited resources, while engaging in comprehensive discussions on the topics that matter to you most.

Oct. 13-14
Westin Denver Downtown
Denver, CO, USA

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.
Schedule at a Glance. Download Preliminary Program.More

Save the Dates for Upcoming AUTM Courses
Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
The TOOLS course is designed for professionals responsible for the administration of a technology transfer office. Critical issues of compliance and using iEdison will be explored, along with finding efficient ways to manage and utilize large volumes of information and data.
Oct. 13–15 Register Today!
Denver, CO, USA

Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course
The Essentials course teaches skills and resources necessary to function effectively at evaluating inventions and negotiating license agreements.
Oct. 13–15 Register Today!
Denver, CO, USA

Partnering Forum — Energy Technologies
Join AUTM at Rice University for a comprehensive discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the energy technology sector.
Oct. 22–23 Save the Date
Houston, TX, USAMore

AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices: Register Now
This AUTM business development course focuses on the medical device industry and how regulatory, legal and business issues affect commercializing technologies in the medical device space.

Topics covered will include:

  • Use of translational research in product development
  • Common characteristics of the key market segments
  • Financial models typically employed in the industry
  • And much more!

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

    Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.
    View Schedule at a Glance. Faculty.


    AUTM Webinars
    AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members.

    July 17
    Life Science Licenses: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Explores the key issues faced in negotiating and drafting licensing transactions, including scope of grant, territory definition, term of license, payment considerations, offsets and much more.

    Aug. 12
    Maximizing Licensing Opportunities in Research Tools
    This webinar focuses on how to maximize licensing opportunities and the best practices to consider when negotiating.

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

    Better World Project Featured Story — July 2014
    Every year, millions of Medicare patients experience medication mishaps that can not only be costly but also have deadly consequences. In this month's Better World Project — which features inspiring stories about university technologies that make the world a better place — pharmacists at the University of Arizona decided to change that. Read more in "Armed With Data on Medication Use, Pharmacists Counsel Patients."

    Then, 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