AUTM Newsbrief
Oct. 16, 2014

AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting: Keynote Speaker Hosting TV Series on PBS
Steven Johnson, keynote speaker for AUTM's 2015 Annual Meeting, hosts How We Got to Now. The six-part TV series started airing on Oct. 15 on PBS.

How do great ideas and inventions happen? Johnson explores humankind's insatiable desire to find answers, invent solutions and make the world a better place. If you want to understand how big ideas truly save the world, get rid of the myth of the eureka moment. The truth is, there's no such thing as a light bulb going off in the mind of a lone genius. Our best ideas start as something else, a vague sense of possibility or a hint of something bigger.More

NIH Grants License Agreement for Candidate Ebola Vaccines
National Institutes of Health via
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has announced a new license agreement aimed at advancing dual-purpose candidate vaccines to protect against rabies and Ebola viruses. The vaccines were created by scientists at NIAID and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and are being further developed through a partnership with the German pharmaceutical company IDT Biologika.More

Penn State's Fund for Innovation Aids Research Commercialization Efforts
Penn State University
Innovation is the lifeblood of any great university. But transforming the results of basic research into a commercial product that can benefit society is a path strewn with many obstacles. The new Fund for Innovation, created by the Penn State Research Foundation, is intended to make that road smoother for Penn State faculty and student entrepreneurs to travel.More

Business Incubator Targets Michigan Faculty
The Michigan Daily
While most conversations on entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan generally center on the undergraduate experience, the resources devoted to developing research and science into marketable projects and companies also cater to faculty and postgraduates. The Medical School's body of incubation and acceleration, Fast Forward Medical Innovation, was established at the end of 2013 and has since given doctors and engineers the opportunity to expand their lab work into the business world.More

Penn Celebrates its Robust Innovative Spirit
Penn Current
Intellectual light bulbs are known to illuminate across academic disciplines at Penn, igniting new approaches to innovation and technology transfer while powering valuable real-world applications. On Friday, Oct. 31, Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to honor the University of Pennsylvania's culture of innovation at "Celebrating Innovation at Penn," a university-wide gathering at the future home of the Pennovation Center.More

Research Aims to Help Dairy Farmers Generate Sustainable Energy
Biomass Magazine
A new, collaborative grant at the University of Nevada at Reno will further research into biomass conversion by developing a cost-effective process for large-scale dairy farmers to generate energy from manure. The university's new grant, "Sun Grant: Power/Waste Biomass," totals more than $600,000 over two years, with the bulk of the funds coming from the USDA.More

Crossing Boundaries: Tech Delegation Touring US
The Express Tribune
A 12-member Pakistani university delegation arrived in the United States to begin a 10-day study tour organised by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Law Development Program. The delegation comprised of representatives from Pakistani universities interested in creating technology transfer offices and technology incubators on their local campuses.More

Register Now for the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting
It's time to register for the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting, being held Feb. 22-25, 2015, in New Orleans, LA, USA.

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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 now.


AUTM Partnering Forum — Energy Technologies: Onsite
Registration Available

Oct. 22-23, 2014
Rice University
Houston, TX USA

Join AUTM at Rice University for a unique opportunity to network with industry partners while showcasing your institution and its available technologies.

Includes a reverse showcase of presentations from our industry partners highlighting technological areas of interest and how to best work with their company; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to energy technologies; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering. Learn more.

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2014 Global IP Summit on Nov. 18
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center will host the 2014 Global IP Summit, set for Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. The annual Global IP Summit convenes the country's leading associations and policymakers in innovation and intellectual property. The summit explores how a robust intellectual property system provides jobs and innovation for today and tomorrow.More

AUTM TransACT Database Needs YOUR Deals
Wouldn't it be great to have access to a database full of useful deal information? The good news is you can!

AUTM has launched the Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT), a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

But we can't do it without you. We need your deals! Visit the database and input your data as soon as possible. As a thank you, your institution will receive a discount on the subscription price of the AUTM TransACT Database based on the number deals contributed.

Enter your deals today! By now, you should have received an email with your login. If not, email Chris Harris, AUTM assistant vice president for Deal Terms Database. He's also available to answer any questions you have.


AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices
Nov 12-13
Chicago Marriott O'Hare
Rosemont, IL, USA

This AUTM business development course focuses on the medical device industry and how regulatory, legal and business issues affect commercializing technologies in the medical device space.

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AUTM Webinars

AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members.

Nov. 12
How to Get Things Done: A System to Effectively Manage Your Stakeholders
This webinar will explore the various stakeholders, provide simple tools that can be used to identify and prioritize your stakeholders and offer a system and tips that can be used to help manage them. Register today and learn more.

Nov. 18
Basic Patenting 101 & Working with Patent Counsel
Register for this introductory webinar and learn more about basic elements of a patent, process of drafting, filing patent applications, strategies used by universities to obtain and leverage intellectual property protections and much more.

Nov. 20
A Faster, Easier Way to Create Best-Fit Material Transfer Agreements
This free webinar is designed to assist universities in transferring research materials. Also covers best practices for transferring materials between academic institutions, the use of MTA templates for situations where existing standards are not a good fit and much more.

AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list.More

Rutgers Student Creates Agent to Clear Biological Tissues
The Daily Targum
A company that students at Rutgers started has now been sold to more than 100 universities, and the founders are currently meeting with pharmaceutical companies to advance their product. Visikol is a new brand of clearing agent that has been gaining attention for its ability to clear all kinds of biological tissues from plants to animals, said Tom Villani, the product's creator and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Rutgers.More

UCF Reports Record $145.6 Million in Research Funding in FY 2014
University of Central Florida
Researchers at the University of Central Florida set a new record in funded research in fiscal year 2014, receiving $145.6 million, 30 percent more than the previous year. The funding totals reflect successful collaborations with industry, a record total for federal defense grants and continued growth in commercialization and innovation activity.More

Purdue Welcomes 24 New Startup Companies
Starting a business can be hard. Just ask startup company Spero Energy's Ian Klein. Spero Energy is one of 24 startup companies using technology licensed at Purdue University named in this year's "Class of 2014." That number is up from just eight companies last year. Spero uses woody biomass to make chemicals that can be used in the flavor and fragrance industry. Klein said the company is on the road to success because of help from the university.More

AUTM Announces BWP Contest Winner for September
Skip Cynar, licensing officer at the University of California, San Diego, won a $100 gift certificate during the AUTM BWP 500 contest for September. The new initiative, available exclusively to AUTM members, is designed to help the association reach its goal of 500 technologies in the Better World Project database by the 2015 Annual Meeting.

AUTM members who enter technologies into the database during this monthly contest will be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate. In addition, their technologies will be considered for Featured Stories — professionally written articles hosted on the BWP website and promoted via AUTM’s various media outlets.

For more information on the contest, go to

BIO-Europe to Host Advanced Business Development Course
EBD Group
BIO-Europe, Europe's largest partnering conference serving the global biotechnology industry, will be held Nov. 3-5 in Frankfurt, Germany. Conference attendees can also register for the Advanced Business Development Course, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Space is limited for this intense, three-day session providing hands-on training from veteran business development professionals and legal advisers using real-world case studies.

Click here to learn how you can bring your skills in valuation, negotiation and contracts to the next level.

Win one free registration to the course! Complete this survey, and enter a drawing for a free registration. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, Oct. 21. More

Help Bring Life-Saving Technologies to Those in Need — Deadline Oct. 31
Help your fellow researchers make the world a better place. Participate in Patents for Humanity, the USPTO program that rewards those who use patented technologies to benefit the impoverished. Submit an application or volunteer to judge. Deadline to volunteer or submit entries is Oct. 31.

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National SBIR/STTR Conference Co-Located with Defense Energy
Summit in Austin, Nov. 11-13

Defense Energy
Senior federal leaders will converge in Austin, Texas, for the 2014 Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference — a unique opportunity for regional entrepreneurs to join a busy marketplace of SBIR/STTR.More