AUTM Newsbrief
Jul. 31, 2014

AUTM Hosting Forum for Medical Device Technologies
Academia and industry can maximize their opportunities to license and advance discoveries in medical devices at the next AUTM Partnering Forum, set for Sept. 23 and 24 at Wake Forest University.

Industry representatives will present reverse showcases of their interests in neurologic and orthopaedic medical device technologies. Universities can share their portfolios and schedule one-on-one partnering meetings. Panel discussions will explore the unique aspects of commercializing these medical devices.More

Hank Foley, the Man with the Plan
Columbia Business Times
When Beyond Meat opened its doors in Columbia, it was a shining example of business partnering with academic research. Thanks to a united effort involving the University of Missouri, business and community leaders, the company moved its plant here from Maryland and brought with it jobs and an enterprising spirit. Several months later, Hank Foley, senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at MU, arrived with a plan to ride that spirit. Responding to a hypercompetitive market for federal research dollars, he developed a five-point strategy to increase academic research and bring more of it to the marketplace.More

UNM Tech Transfer Expands Impact on Local Economy
Albuquerque Journal
A new study by the University of New Mexico's Bureau of Business and Economic Research shows UNM's technology transfer program is having a noticeable impact on the local economy. BBER's new report estimates that 26 startup companies that formed with UNM technology since 2005 helped sustain 147 jobs with about $8.55 million in wages and benefits in 2013.More

IPO Names Top 100 Patenting Universities
Patent Docs
The Intellectual Property Owners recently published a list of the top 100 universities worldwide granted U.S. patents in 2013. Sixty-two percent of these universities are U.S. universities, with China — at 18 percent — being the foreign country with the largest number of patent-owning universities.More

Washington State Partners to Advance Economic Development, Commercialization
Washington State University
Washington State University has entered into a strategic partnership with the Seattle-based biotech investment and management company Accelerator Corp., becoming one of eight new northwest institutional partners in the company's $51.1 million venture.More

New Incubator to Help Ag-Related Tech Startups
Sioux Falls Business Journal via Argus Leader
In a few weeks, a $2 million technology center designed to help take university research to the commercial market will open its doors in Brookings, South Dakota. The Agriculture Technology Center for Rural Enterprise already has its first tenant, Prairie AquaTech, an aquaculture firm that uses South Dakota State University research to develop a soybean-based food for fish farms.More

University of Wollongong, NanoCarbon Strike Graphene Patent Deal
Business Spectator
A local high-tech manufacturing firm has struck a commercial patent licensing deal with the University of Wollongong in Australia to commercialize the production of graphene — a clear sheet material that's just one atom thick and made 100 percent from carbon.More

Maximize Your Licensing Opportunities
Learn how to maximize opportunities to license your research tools. Register now for this live AUTM webinar on Aug. 12, and discover the best methods to market and broaden access to your research tools.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

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 FY2014 Salary Survey
Data collection is underway for the AUTM FY2014 Salary Survey. Like previous editions, this sixth biennial compensation survey will present robust data gathered from respondents (directors or their designees) at non-profit technology transfer offices.

Completing the survey is not difficult or time consuming, yet the benefits to AUTM members are substantial.

If you have questions about the content or purpose of the survey, contact Chrys Gwellem at AUTM headquarters 847-559-0846. If you have questions about how to complete the survey, or if your institution did not receive login information, contact this email.More

Big Insights at a Price Small Offices Can Afford
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 Now
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 Now
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 — Register Now
Houston, TX, USAMore

Organic Polymer Tandem Cell Reaches Record 11.5 Percent Efficiency
pv magazine
Researchers from UCLA have this month achieved a world-record efficiency breakthrough in the production of organic polymer solar cells. The UCLA team's latest update on organic solar cell research has revealed the achievement of 11.5 percent efficiency in a triple-junction polymer solar cell, a rating that exceeds the previous world record — also set by the UCLA team — in the efficiency of organic solar cells.More

Fly-Inspired Technology Could Lead To 'Smart' Hearing Aids
The Ormia ochracea fly's exceptional sense of hearing has inspired researchers to develop technology that could be used to create sophisticated hearing aids. These flies have a keen ability to hear the chirping of crickets, which they spread their larvae on so the young can eat the insect from the inside out, the American Institute of Physics reported. The fly's ultra-accurate sense of hearing is believed to be thanks to a "sophisticated sound processing system."More

Plant Biotech Startup Speeds Propagation
The Prairie Star
Washington State University researchers-turned-entrepreneurs have developed a method for growing trees three times faster while conserving water and reducing the need for pesticides — and they just made their first sale. Plant scientist Amit Dhingra and five members of his research team from the WSU Department of Horticulture founded Phytelligence, the first plant-focused biotechnology startup to come out of the university.More

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.

    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.

    Sept. 10
    Managing Your Agreement: What To Do When Things Don't Go According To Plan!
    Examines how to manage problems from a strategic perspective to protect the underlying interests and objectives in a university-industry business partnership.

    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