AUTM Newsbrief
Aug. 15, 2013

Increasing the Impact of Federally Funded R&D
Innovation America
On May 20, the White House Lab-To-Market Inter-Agency Summit was held in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting was extraordinary — asking national experts outside of the federal agency system to recommend ways to increase the return-on-investment for the $140 billion annual taxpayer expenditure on federally-funded research and development.More

The Cost of Creating a New Drug Now $5 Billion, Pushing
Big Pharma to Change

There's one factor that, as much as anything else, determines how many medicines are invented, what diseases they treat and, to an extent, what price patients must pay for them: The cost of inventing and developing a new drug, a cost driven by the uncomfortable fact than 95 percent of the experimental medicines that are studied in humans fail to be both effective and safe.More

Symposium Goal and Udall Bill to Improve Tech Transfer
Albuquerque Journal
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Technology Ventures Corp. hosted a conference at Santa Fe Community College on ways to help create high-tech jobs and business by encouraging technology transfer from the national labs and universities to private entrepreneurs.More

Sequestration Ushers in a Dark Age for Science in America
The Huffington Post
VideoBriefOn the first floor of Jordan Hall at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is a 12-by-8 room that, at first glance, looks like a rundown storage space. The floor is a mix of white, teal and purple tiles, in a pattern reminiscent of the 1970s. Trash cans are without tops and half filled. There are rust stains on the tiles, and a loose air vent dangles a bit from the ceiling. It is only when you see four incubators attached to six tanks of carbon dioxide that you get the feeling something more intriguing is taking place here.More

Increasing the Number of Crowdfunding Technological Investment Opportunities In Your Local Economy
In order to fit all the pieces of innovation into a strategy, economic developers need a mental road map of how technology innovation works in the small business economy. The mental image of small business innovation will be completely different than the one that they use to understand the university tech transfer model.More

Report: Fort Collins 2nd in US Tech Startup Density
"Silicon Foothills" might not have the same ring to it as California's high-tech hub, but a new study of startups paints Colorado's Front Range as a leader in U.S. tech innovation and growth. From Cheyenne, Wyo., to Colorado Springs, the Front Range area took five of the top 10 spots on a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest per capita density of tech startups.More

Optimizing Development, Manufacturing and Technology Transfer in the Outsourced Relationship
Successful product development and technology transfer between a CMO and the sponsor company requires a multifaceted collaborative approach. The author analyzes a project for an injectable drug for which a new drug application was submitted to FDA.More

Tech's World War Over Patents Cooling Off
In the past few years, technology companies have spent ludicrous amounts of money to buy patents. But they're discovering, as the drawn-out lawsuits over intellectual property play out, that owning the rights to old inventions may not be worth as much as actually inventing and selling new things. More

Tech Executive to Lawmakers: Patent Trolls 'A Massive Problem'
The Hill
Tech startups recently made a case before a House Judiciary Committee panel that current intellectual property laws may be less a form of protection and more a form of protectionism. The firms are asking for help from Congress in fighting patent trolls, which are entities that buy up patents in bulk and threaten to sue other companies for infringement, often causing them to settle in order to avoid a costly lawsuit.More

One Man is Resurrecting Forgotten Patents of Yore With 3-D Printing
The charms of the patent office archives — and the hilariously insane inventions they contain — are well known. But is it possible that a few of those failed entrepreneurs were actually on to something? A New York lawyer thinks so — and he's resurrecting the ghosts of patents past by offering 3-D models of them online.More

The TRANSFER Act of 2013
HR 2981, The TRANSFER Act of ,was introduced in the House of Representatives by New York Rep. Chris Collins. AUTM supports this legislation and collaborated with House staff and colleagues at other higher education associations in contributing language for the bill. AUTM joined other higher education associations in sending a letter of support for the bill to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

AUTM is very encouraged by the interest in the House to support technology transfer efforts in broad measures. Both documents can be found in the Advocacy section of the AUTM website, and we will continue to bring you updates on the progression of the legislation. If you are interested in providing input or commentary on this issue, please join the Advocacy Network in the AUTM Communities. If you're on Twitter, please show your support by Tweeting, "I support the #TRANSFER Act."

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AUTM 2013 Eastern Region Meeting — Final Week for Pre-Registration
The AUTM 2013 Eastern Region Meeting will take place Sept. 9-10 and gather technology transfer professionals to discuss best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that culminate in successful product commercialization. Session highlights include:

Check out the meeting program for full details on this and other sessions

Registration Information. Schedule. Download the Program.More

AUTM 2013 Western Region Meeting — Book Your Reservations Now
Experienced and new technology transfer professionals join other Western Region members for an exciting program of educational and networking events at the AUTM 2013 Western Region Meeting in Portland, Ore., Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

AUTM has negotiated a special rate of $190 per night for single or double occupancy with The Nines Hotel. All rates are based on availability and subject to state and local taxes. To reserve a room at the discounted rate, call The Nines Hotel reservations office at +1-866-627-7208 and identify yourself by the group name - Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). If you prefer, make your reservations online. Be sure to make reservations by Aug. 28; afterward, the discounted room rate may not apply.

Check Out the Meeting Program. Registration Information. Schedule at a Glance. Hotel and Travel Information.More

AUTM Webinars
Aug. 21, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Negotiation of License Agreements
This session will explore strategies to help you negotiate through the likely sticking points of license agreements. Examples explain negotiation dynamics and illustrate ways to respond to common tactics used during the license negotiation process. Learn more or register

Aug. 27, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
How to Stop Worrying & Start Implementing License Agreement Compliance
Covers every day in-office procedures to verifying compliance with license agreement terms and conditions specifically focusing on financial and informational reporting and payments.Learn more or register

To view the list of upcoming September 2013 webinars, click here.More

AUTM Announces Small Tech Transfer Office Course
Join AUTM for a two-day course designed specifically for technology transfer professionals working in small offices. This course is beneficial to those starting a new technology transfer office or who already have an existing small office and would like to grow existing efforts dramatically.

Speakers from small offices will discuss:

Successful Practices in Small Technology Transfer Offices
Oct. 23-24
InterContinental Dallas
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AUTM TOOLS and Essentials Courses Allow Participants to
Tailor Learning

These AUTM courses are held concurrently so that participants may attend sessions from both courses, tailoring their learning to their own background experiences and interests. The courses will take place Oct. 23-25 at the InterContinental Dallas in downtown Dallas.