AUTM Newsbrief
Aug. 29, 2013

Innovation Hub Spawns 250 Jobs in Just 20 Months
University of Florida
The Florida Innovation Hub at the University of Florida has contributed to the creation of 250 jobs in just its first 20 months, new figures show, and the three-story incubator already has more than two dozen tenants.More

Ohio State: Tech Licensing 'Trending up Dramatically,' Boding Well for Future
Columbus Business First
Expect to wait about four years for Ohio State University to free itself from several years mired at the bottom of the Big Ten Conference in the annual survey of revenue from licensing deals for technology. But when it starts moving, it should move big, says Brian Cummings, OSU's vice president of technology commercialization. More

Auburn Professors Make Breakthrough in Development of Handheld Disease Detection
The Birmingham News
Two Auburn University professors have developed technology that could be the beginning of a handheld device that would allow health care professionals, first responders and others to quickly do blood tests in the field for a variety of illnesses. More

Science for Sale: Examining Research Commercialization at Concordia
The Link
In recent decades Canadian universities, including Concordia, have gained intellectual property rights over their researchers' work and are attempting to capitalize from it. But returns are slim and costs are high, and the practice has raised ethical concerns. What really makes Concordia want to commercialize? More

Transferring Technology From Academia to Business
Grand Rapids Business Journal
Many universities, especially the big research universities like the University of Michigan, are the "idea factories" in every state, according to J. Kevin McCurren. Universities like to call that "technology transfer." Grand Valley State University isn't in the league of research universities like U-M, but it has a new, unique role to play in technology transfer in the state.More

AUTM to Provide Funding for Member Videos that Put a Face on
Technology Transfer

Show the world how a commercialized technology from your institution is benefiting the public, and say it through video. AUTM announces its newest program: Put a Face on It. We're inviting all of our members to pitch us an idea for a video that will showcase a commercialized invention and feature the person who benefited from this technology. You could receive up to $3,000 to cover production costs. More

AUTM 2013 Eastern Region Meeting: Last-minute Registration Options
Online registration for the AUTM 2013 Eastern Region Meeting, scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, has closed. But don’t worry, you can still register for the event using one of these options:

The Eastern Region Meeting will gather technology transfer professionals to discuss best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that culminate in successful product commercialization through company formation or licensing and other agreements.

Schedule. Download the Program. Hotel & travel information.More

AUTM 2013 Western Region Meeting: Register by Sept. 10, and Save $50
It isn't too late to register for the AUTM 2013 Western Region Meeting, scheduled Sept. 30 through Oct. 1 at The Nines Hotel in Portland, Ore. Register by the Sept. 10 preregistration deadline, and save $50.

The AUTM Western Region Meeting will feature an exciting program of educational and networking events designed to provide insights for experienced and new technology transfer professionals.

Meeting program. Registration Information. Schedule at a Glance. Hotel and Travel Information.More

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.


AUTM Small Tech Transfer Office Course: Register by Sept. 11 and Save
The course, "Successful Practices in Small Technology Transfer Offices", was conceived by a group of dedicated AUTM volunteers who recognized that many best practices in technology transfer are hard to execute with limited resources. Sessions feature speakers that understand what it's like to do more with less.

Because small offices come with small budgets, we've also priced the course affordably — $295 for members. Large offices struggling to work within an increasingly reduced budget are welcome too, of course!

Download the program. View the schedule. Register. Book your accommodations.More

New Cancer Screening Technology On Its Way to Commercialization
University of Alberta via
Medical Xpress

A colon cancer screening test developed at the University of Alberta is on its way to commercialization and potential worldwide use, through a new collaboration with a leading Chinese research institute and a U of A spinoff company.More

3-D Graphene to Substitute Platinum in Solar Cells
Responding To Climate Change
A team at Michigan Technology University have has developed a "3-D honeycomb" with graphene which they say can replace the platinum in solar cells without degrading their efficiency.More

Patent Drafting: What is the Patentable Feature?
The patent rules at times seem arbitrary (because they are) and show little evidence of an overall thoughtful consideration. Should inventors be going solo and trying to protect their own inventions?More

Register Now for AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting
It's time to register for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting, which will be held Feb. 19–22, 2014, in San Francisco. The AUTM Annual Meeting is the largest in-person gathering of academic technology transfer professionals. No other meeting offers this level of access to hundreds of decision makers for one low registration fee. Attendance is open to everyone.

Register online now! Need to register by mail or fax? Download a registration form here.

Hotel and Travel Information. Detailed Program.More

AUTM Announces 2014 Business Plan Competition
AUTM is seeking academic and research institution-affiliated startup companies to participate in the AUTM 2014 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition, taking place Feb. 21 during the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The first place startup company will receive a $10,000 cash prize. Application deadline is Sept. 30. Learn more and apply online. More

AUTM Webinars
AUTM has announced the following webinars:

To view the complete list of upcoming webinars, click here. AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list.More

AUTM Awards and Scholarships
AUTM is now accepting scholarship applications from students, scholars and new technology transfer professionals.


AUTM Releases RFP to Host AUTM Asia 2016
AUTM is collecting proposals from host organizations to serve as host for AUTM Asia 2016. AUTM Asia has grown and gained momentum over the three years it has taken place. Sites for 2014 (Taipei) and 2015 (Sydney) have already been secured. If you or someone you know is part of an Asian-based, nonprofit organization which supports the profession of technology transfer and is interested in receiving the RFP, please contact Vicki Loise.More