AUTM Newsbrief
Aug. 13, 2015

Howard Bremer Scholarship Application Deadline Reminder
Don't miss this year's deadline to apply for the AUTM Howard Bremer Scholarship. Applications from students, scholars and new professionals pursuing a career in academic technology transfer will be accepted through Monday, Aug. 17.

The Howard Bremer Scholarship supports students and professionals who are new to the field and pursuing a career in technology transfer. Named to honor our esteemed colleague, a pioneering AUTM member and past president of the association, the scholarship is awarded to those who — like Bremer — wish to bring creativity and innovation to the academic technology transfer profession. The scholarship offers complimentary registration and a travel allowance to attend the AUTM 2016 Annual Meeting, Feb. 14-17, in San Diego.More

Virtual Incision Secures $11.2 Million, Led by Bluestem Capital
Silicon Prairie News
A startup company built from collaborative research efforts at two University of Nebraska campuses has announced it has secured $11.2 million in equity financing. Virtual Incision Corporation received the investment, led by Bluestem Capital of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with support from existing investors including PrairieGold Venture Partners, also of Sioux Falls. Virtual Incision has also received funding from Nebraska's public-private venture development organization Invest Nebraska.More

Carnegie Mellon University, GE Ventures Create Robotics Hub in Pittsburgh
Officials hope a new accelerator program and a $20 million venture fund started by Carnegie Mellon University and GE Ventures will draw the nation's best advanced robotics firms to Pittsburgh and convince those already there to stay put. Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center and GE Ventures, General Electric's investment arm, have teamed up to create The Robotics Hub, an early-stage startup accelerator. More

DefiniGEN Licenses Lung Stem Cell Technology from
University of Cambridge

Lung Disease News
DefiniGEN Ltd, a worldwide producer of products and services related to stem cell technology, recently announced that its IP portfolio is now much stronger thanks to the addition of a license for a cutting edge lung stem cell technology developed at the University of Cambridge. The technology will be utilized by DefiniGEN to advance and create new and optimized cell services and products that could lead to novel drug discovery and better assessing lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis. More

University of Montana Chemist, Inventor Talks About Path to the XPRIZE
When Sunburst Sensors won $1.5 million in prize money last month, the work of Michael DeGrandpre went from the trash bin to the international stage. DeGrandpre is a chemistry professor at the University of Montana whose research led to the creation of Sunburst Sensors, a company that develops chemical sensors for marine and freshwater applications. This week, he said his reputation was on the line when Sunburst entered its sensors into the international XPRIZE, and the company had all hands on deck for the year of the competition. More

At University of Montreal, Computer Cursors are Going 3-D
Product Design & Development
Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed techniques that enable computer cursors to interact in 3-D in single or multiuser, local or remote collaboration scenarios. The system, unveiled at the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference in Los Angeles, is not so much about turning Word into an IMAX experience as offering designers an opportunity to navigate through and modify their creations manipulating 3-D objects with 3-D interactions.More

AUTM Animal Health & Nutrition Partnering Forum
Five reasons you can't miss AUTM's Animal Health & Nutrition Partnering Forum:

Animal Health & Nutrition Technologies
Sept. 1-2

Hosted by Kansas State University and Auburn University
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Who will be attending:
View the 105-plus technologies represented at this event.More

AUTM 2015 Eastern Region Meeting: 'Wheels Up — Gaining Altitude through Partnerships and Innovation'
Join AUTM in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the 2015 Eastern Region Meeting. Attendees will discuss best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that culminate in successful product commercialization through company formation or licensing and other agreements.

Aug. 31-Sept. 1
Raleigh Marriott City Center
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA


AUTM 2015 Western Region Meeting
Join attendees from the Western United States and Canada for the AUTM 2015 Western Region Meeting. Add to your toolbox of professional skills with workshops on developing entrepreneurship, evaluating incubator programs, and improving negotiation skills. Plus, ample networking opportunities provide a forum for exchanging ideas and making contacts. Don't miss the special evening reception at the Calgary Stampede on Sept. 9.

Find your partner in the energy industry
Join a full-day discussion with the energy industry. Hear industry executives discuss partnering with the Canadian hydrocarbon energy industry and energy subject matter experts. Attend this session to find your research partner. View the program schedule for more details.

Sept. 10-11
Hyatt Regency Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


AUTM 2015 TOOLS and Essentials Courses
AUTM's TOOLS and Essentials Courses deliver the nuts and bolts training all technology transfer professionals need:

TOOLS and Essentials Courses are held concurrently. Those who register for TOOLS can also attend any Essentials sessions.

Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)

Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course

Both Courses
Oct. 5-7
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington, USA

Register today, and take advantage of early registration discounts.More

Videos Spotlight Lives Transformed by Technology Transfer:
Grants Are Now Available

AUTM's Better World video project (previously known as Put a Face On It) 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 that match up to $1,500 of video production costs for qualified submissions. Learn how to apply for your grant here. More

2016 Scholarship Application Deadline
AUTM is now accepting 2016 scholarship applications from students, scholars and new professionals pursuing a career in academic technology transfer.

Scholarships for New Technology Transfer Professionals from Developing Economies
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
Enhances learning opportunities for early career technology transfer professionals working in developing economies. The scholarships offer up to $4,000 to support AUTM members' travel to and participation in an AUTM sponsored or co-sponsored meeting or professional development course. Learn more.More

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

Aug. 18
Triage — How to Evaluate Early Stage Technologies
Experts present a step-by-step approach in describing both invention disclosure evaluation and triage. Useful tools for the triage process, including checklist and patent searches will be provided. Register and learn!

Sept. 22
Developing A Need-Driven Innovations Portfolio
In this webinar experts explain how need-driven innovations can be a valuable addition to our traditional IP portfolios and how focused outreach and specific resources are necessary to facilitate innovations successfully.

Sept. 30
The How-To's for Improving Technology Transfer Office Legal Expense Review, Approval and Invoicing Process
Learn legal methods and best practices that can be utilized to help technology transfer offices with implementing good habits with service providers, requesting estimates and setting caps for commissioned work. Presenters will also give guidance on how to greatly improve legal processes in your own institution. More

Better World Project — August Featured Story
AUTM children with profound disabilities can now see new opportunities to express themselves thanks to an affordable, portable technology that has been a labor of love for the inventors and their partners.

Read all about it here.

Do You Have a Video or Story to Share?
Submit your technologies into the Better World Project database, a growing repository of technologies that are making the world a better place, and your technologies will be considered for Featured Stories — professionally written articles that are hosted on the BWP website and promoted via AUTM's various media outlets. Enter your technologies now.

You can also submit your idea for a video that puts a face on technology transfer. You could be eligible for a $1,500 matching grant.More