AUTM Newsbrief
Oct. 7, 2010

AUTM: University startup, licensing activity remained strong during recession
Technology Transfer Tactics
Although 2009 income from licenses declined 32.5 percent from the previous year, AUTM does not attribute this finding directly to the economy. In the previous two annual licensing surveys, institutions had negotiated extraordinary partial royalty buyouts that significantly boosted overall royalties — an event that did not occur in 2009. All told, the number of licenses executed increased by 5.6 percent, while the number of options decreased by 3.4 percent. The number of startups launched in 2009 was essentially unchanged.More

The Bayh-Dole Act turns 30
By Vicki Loise, AUTM Executive Director, and Ashley Stevens, AUTM President via Science Translational Medicine
On December 12, 1980, in the waning days of the lame duck session of the 96th Congress, the U.S. Senate passed the University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act, now known as the Bayh-Dole Act, a seemingly obscure act that allowed universities to claim title to inventions that had been made with federal funding. It is unlikely that many present that day realized what a dramatic impact that act would have. Data clearly show that it played a critical role in rejuvenating the entire U.S. economic system, transforming it from a manufacturing base to an innovation base. Yet ironically, the act has passionate critics.More

National Research Council: 'Managing university intellectual property in the public interest'
The Association of University Technology Managers welcomes the issuance of "Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest," a new report released by a committee of the National Research Council of the National Academies. The report comes at a particularly appropriate time as the Bayh-Dole Act, the landmark legislation that dramatically fueled the movement of university discoveries into public use, marks its 30th anniversary this December. Bayh-Dole established our nation's current technology transfer system that allows universities to own the discoveries made by their faculty funded in whole or part by the U.S. government and to determine how they will be developed and brought to public use.More

Aircraft software puts greener, quieter flights on the horizon
The University of Manchester
Currently, airlines underestimate the amount of dangerous CO2 emissions they release in the atmosphere by up to 100 percent — meaning their aircraft are actually far more harmful than previously thought. Now new software, called FLIGHT, can expertly predict the true level of emissions released and help the industry improve their environmental reputation — one of the issues about which they are most criticized. The software, developed by Dr Antonio Filippone, can be easily downloaded from a website by airline companies. While the potential to reduce emissions is arguably the most important uses of FLIGHT, it has a range of other functions from noise reduction to accident investigation and prevention. The software can also help airline companies with passenger load and the weight of luggage. Software copyright protection was arranged by The University of Manchester's intellectual property commercialization company, UMIP, in the United Kingdom.More

Information and communication technologies policies, laws helping
with African intellectual property development

Computerworld Kenya
Development of information and communication technologies policies, enactment of laws and continued campaigns on intellectual property issues have led to a rise in patenting and copyright protection in Africa's technology industry. Countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Egypt have amended existing laws and developed others that provide stiff penalties for intellectual property theft and also provide mechanisms for aggrieved techies to seek legal protection. The new laws have empowered businessmen and developers to seek legal redress, but high costs of litigation and continuous evolution of technology have posed challenges too.More

Circadian teams with Cincinnati Children's Hospital in US to
develop blood test diagnostic for lung disease

Circadian Technologies has announced that it has partnered with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre (CCHMC) to develop and market a blood test to diagnose LAM, a serious lung disease that strikes women, usually in their child bearing years. The diagnostic is being developed following the discovery that high levels of vascular endothelial growth factor-D, or VEGF-D to which Circadian owns intellectual property rights holds the key to detecting the disease, the Companies said. The test is expected to be available in the U.S. from early 2011, and Circadian will work with CCHMC and other groups throughout the world to make the test available in other global markets. The findings of the diagnostic link between LAM and VEGF-D were made by a team of scientists at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and CCHMC led by Dr. Lisa Young and Dr. Frank McCormack, Director of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UC and were published in CHEST.More

Survey: University startups, products keep pace in 2009
Technology News and Literature
The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the association of institutional technology transfer professionals, released yesterday its 2009 licensing survey, showing the volume of startups and new products last year about the same as in 2008, but the number of new patents filed in the U.S. dropping. AUTM's survey says personnel at universities, research institutes, and hospitals created 596 new companies in 2009, almost identical to the 595 created in 2008. In both years, about 7-in-10 new businesses started their companies in the same state as the institution. The number of startup companies still in business inched up from 3,381 to 3,423 in 2009.More

Team receives funds to advance development of production method
for medical isotopes

The University of Wisconsin-Madison News
An acute shortage of a medical isotope needed by tens of thousands of medical patients daily will be addressed through a federal funding agreement reached to advance pioneering technology developed at a Middleton, Wis., company and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Organized by leaders of the Morgridge Institute for Research, the public-private partnership behind the project includes the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the state of Wisconsin, Phoenix Nuclear Labs of Middleton and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Together, the group has been awarded a six-month, $500,000 cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration to further technologies needed for domestic production of molybdenum-99. The isotope produces technetium-99m, the most important radioisotope for detecting metastatic cancer and staging heart disease, studying brain and kidney function and creating images of stress fractures.More

The University of Central Florida to help lead national clean energy program
UCF Today
The University of Central Florida (UCF) will lead an ambitious new program aimed at connecting promising research in energy efficiency with the students and business development professionals who can transform the results into new companies and high-paying jobs UCF's "MegaWatt Ventures" program is one of five national projects designed to build and strengthen "innovation ecosystems" that will accelerate the movement of cutting-edge energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies from university laboratories into the market. Announced by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the ecosystems will foster collaborative environments, bringing together key players from universities, the private sector, the federal government and Department of Energy National Laboratories.More

University of Missouri to invest $5 million in entrepreneurial programs
The Maneater Student Newspaper
The University of Missouri system announced its plans to invest up to $5 million to help accelerate commercialization of the university's intellectual property through the Enterprise Investment Program. According to the Enterprise Investment Program website, the program was created to help Missouri startups and early stage companies working to commercialize intellectual property developed at the university. The program's purpose is to help in the commercialization effort of university-developed intellectual property, in order to create jobs and generate lasting economic benefits to Missouri.More

UCLA startup companies are a source of job growth for the region, state and nation
UCLA Newsroom
It seems nearly every level of government — from Congress to the nation's thousands of city councils — is touting small firms and budding entrepreneurs as the means to the kind of job growth that is needed to turn the economy around. In Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is leading the way with a record number of startup companies that are bringing fresh ideas to the market. During the 2009–10 academic year, which ended June 30, UCLA entered into 36 licensing agreements to commercialize novel technology; 26 were with small companies. This so-called "technology transfer" was triple that of 2007 and five times greater than a decade ago.More