AUTM Newsbrief
Aug. 26, 2010

Innovation on the rise as invention disclosures increase
University of Delaware
Million dollar ideas are like treasured jewels — precious and rare. With research taking place across campus, one of the responsibilities of the University of Delaware Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, through its Technology Transfer Center, is to protect and commercialize the ideas of University of Delaware faculty, researchers and students.More

Business analytics: Turning intellectual property into opportunity
CIO Insight
North Carolina State University had a challenge. It needed a new process to monetize its treasure trove of scientific advancements and university-invented technologies by matching these with potential research partners and sponsors. Any organization sitting on reams of intellectual property will learn from the experiences of Billy Houghteling, Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at North Carolina State. His office is responsible for transferring University-developed innovations to the marketplace and interacting with partners. More

Commercialization in Nevada presents both promises, challenges
North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
The movement of promising discoveries out of laboratories on Nevada's campuses to create new companies and new jobs increasingly is a big hope of business leaders in the state. But those on the front lines of commercialization say numerous potential stumbling blocks need to be overcome, and some of the biggest challenges may not be resolved for decades. More

Intellectual property group invests in new technology university spin-outs
Proactiveinvestors
Intellectual property commercialization specialist IP Group plc has invested in a clean-tech business which has been spun out of the University of Cambridge in England. Amantys Ltd. is developing new technology to improve the efficiency, reliability and the cost of wind turbine converters.More

Merck, Pfizer, Apple, Madonna: Intellectual property
Bloomberg Businessweek
Prescribing Lipitor is "sound from a health economic perspective," the Dutch researchers said in a abstract. Doctors in the Netherlands have been required to justify prescribing brand-name cholesterol medicines since January 2009, the researchers from Pfizer and the University of Melbourne in Australia said. The study took into account that some patients were switched to the generic drug at a dose that wasn't equivalent to the brand-name Pfizer cholesterol pill. The study will be presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference.More

Researchers need more knowledge in intellectual property law
EurekaAlert
Swedish universities are in the middle of a transformation process where science is privatised and subject to a commercial logic. Hence, a need arises to become more knowledgeable about intellectual property issues, such as patenting, in order to avoid the risk of some research areas disappearing from the universities. This is one conclusion reached by Caroline Pamp, researcher at the Department of Law, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg in Sweden, in her recently presented thesis on intellectual property and research. One way of responding to this situation could be to provide more mandatory doctoral courses on intellectual property issues.More

Solarvest BioEnergy partners with Dalhousie University in Canada for algae research
Fav Stocks
Canada-based Solarvest BioEnergy has begun a cooperative Research and Development agreement with Dr. Suzanne Budge at the Canadian Institute of Fisheries Technology at Dalhousie University to assist Solarvest in the characterization of lipids and fatty acids in algae. Solarvest BioEnergy currently specializes in the manipulation, growth and production of the alga Chlamydomonas reinhardti; the company has developed a novel strain of algae for the continuous production of hydrogen.More

Texas State University and San Marcos, Texas partnership lands $1.85 million grant
The San Marcos Mercury
A partnership between Texas State University and San Marcos, Texas has landed a $1.85 million award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration in support of the new Science, Technology and Advanced Research building. The grant funds the construction of a state-of-the-art research and commercialization center at Texas State through the Office of Commercialization and Industrial Relations. The new facility will serve as a technology accelerator for startup and early-stage businesses, and will provide university and STAR tenants access to secure wet labs, clean rooms and office space. Green and bio-technology companies will be a major focus, and backers hope that San Marcos' convenient location between Austin and San Antonio will work to attract corporate research interest from those cities' technology communities.More