AUTM Newsbrief
Oct. 30, 2014

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

This course is the first of a series of AUTM business development courses that provide an in-depth education on a specific industry sector. This course will focus on the medical device industry. Funded by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the course is designed to provide detailed insights into the medical device market and the pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory, business, marketing and legal issues technology transfer professionals encounter when licensing to the medical device industry.

Taught by highly experienced industry professionals, this course will provide you with a better appreciation of product development and how regulatory, legal and business issues affect commercializing technologies in the medical device space.


Virginia Tech, Institute in Danville Forge New Partnership
The Roanoke Times
Officials from Virginia Tech and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research signed a new five-year master research contract at the institute. The new agreement is a revising of one that was developed years ago, said Michael Duncan, director of research and commercialization at the institute. It will be more flexible and less one-sided than past contracts between the two entities, officials said.More

Purdue-Based Startup Shines Light on Heart Disease Severity, Location
Purdue University
Officials at a life sciences startup based on a Purdue University innovation say their company could help cardiologists improve the diagnosis of heart disease, which the World Health Organization listed as the leading cause of death in the world in 2012. Ji-Xin Cheng, co-founder and president of Vibronix Inc., said one challenge that physicians face is that the severity and location of a patient's heart disease cannot be precisely tracked with traditional diagnostic tools.More

Goodwin Procter Makes Bigger Play for the University Market
Boston Business Journal
Eyeing rich potential in Boston's college market, Goodwin Procter has launched a formal higher education practice group with about 40 attorneys, most of them located in the firm's Boston office.More

UTSA Honors 8 Researchers at Innovation Awards
The University of Texas at San Antonio
UTSA President Ricardo Romo, vice president for research Mauli Agrawal and the UTSA Office of Commercialization and Innovation recognized eight UTSA faculty members at the university's second annual Innovation Awards luncheon. The UTSA Innovation Awards program recognizes UTSA researchers who have contributed to the university's entrepreneurial ecosystem by securing patents and/or commercial licenses to protect, develop and market their discoveries.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.

View the Preliminary Program
Online Registration
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Sponsorship Opportunities
A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2015 Annual Meeting. For details, contact Madhuri Carson by phone at 847-753-5217 or via email.

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AUTM Membership Renewal
It's time to reiterate your commitment to lifelong learning and confirm your affiliation with the world's premier academic technology transfer community by renewing your AUTM membership for 2015.

Did you know? If you're planning to attend the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting, set Feb. 22-25, in New Orleans, your membership discount for this meeting alone will more than offset the cost of your membership. There are plenty of other membership features and benefits, too. Read about them here.

For more information and to renew, visit AUTM online, or contact AUTM headquarters at 847-559-0846 or via email.More

Candidates Selected for AUTM Election
Voting for AUTM's 2015 Board of Directors begins Dec. 5. View the biography and position statement for each of the selected candidates.

Deadline is Nov. 21 for qualified members interested in running for office to petition to be added to the ballot. Qualifications can be found in the position descriptions. Visit the board nominations page for more details regarding nomination process and timelines.

The Nominations and Awards Committee and Board of Directors thank everyone who submitted their name for consideration. It is through the continued dedication of its volunteers that AUTM continues to thrive.More

Now Available: Highlights of Canadian Licensing Activity Survey
Highlights of the AUTM FY2013 Canadian Licensing Activity Survey are now available. Gain a better understanding of the robust Canadian technology transfer market that created 68 new startup companies (19.3 percent growth over prior year), produced 92 (37.3 percent) new commercial products and generated $710 million (30.3 percent) in net product sales. Get your copy of the highlights today.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 Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members.

Nov. 6
Jointly Owned IP
Learn more about the management of jointly-owned intellectual property. Speakers will address typical issues that arise in the structure and terms of joint ownership agreements.

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 focuses on a new tool designed to assist universities in transferring research materials, covers best practices for transferring materials between academic institutions and the use of MTA templates.

Feb. 3, 2015
An Insider's Guide to Effective Partnering at the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting
Join this free webinar and learn what to do before, during and after the AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting to make it a productive event for you and your colleagues.More

Better World Project Featured Story
Infectious diseases have been making headlines recently, but fighting viruses with up-to-the-minute vaccines is a constant process. Helping to ensure timely flu vaccine development — and thus the health and well-being of millions around the world — is a plasmid rescue system developed by researchers at St. Jude's Children Hospital.

Read more in "Plasmid Rescue System Injects New Life Into Flu Vaccines." Then take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate, during the BWP 500.

For more information about the Better World Project, click here.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

AASCU Grants Resource Center and AUTM to Host Webinar
AASCU Grants Resource Center (GRC), in partnership with AUTM, is pleased to present a webinar, "Developing a Culture of Innovation and Invention in Colleges and Universities." The webinar will be held from 2-3 p.m. EST on Nov. 13 and will examine challenges and strategies involved in creating and incentivizing a culture of innovation and invention among faculty researchers and administrators. There will be a specific focus on colleges and universities with smaller sponsored & research programs offices and commercialization programs.

The webinar will be presented by Danielle McCulloch of Fuentek, LLC, and Lisa A. Goble, Licensing & Research Policy Officer of the Office of Innovation Commercialization at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

For more information, contact Richard Wellons at 202-478-4714 or via email. For help with registration, contact Allyson Lords at 202-478-4835 or via email.More