AUTM Newsbrief
Nov. 4, 2010

Supreme Court to hear Bayh-Dole patent ownership dispute: Stanford v. Roche
The Supreme Court has granted Stanford's petition for a writ of certiorari in Stanford v. Roche on an issue of patent ownership. Although the case may turn on federal patent law statutes, it looks substantially like derivative title issues considered in the law of property. The rule of derivative title generally bars a property owner from transferring rights greater than his own. One exception to the rule of derivative title is that, in certain situations, a bona fide purchaser can take title free of prior claims to the property.More

University of Minnesota startup to attack vein disease in legs
When Mike Selzer first reviewed the work of University of Minnesota scientist Erik Cressman, M.D., PhD, — a way to kill cancer cells in the liver using chemical-generated heat — the veteran medical device executive was impressed. Selzer identified a large market for the technology — chronic venous insufficiency, a blood vessel disorder in the legs. The University of Minnesota officially spun out XO Thermix Medical Inc., the latest addition to a growing stable of university-bred medical startups.More

The coffee cup of the future
Tech Flash
The University of Washington spin out is unveiling a technology that transforms recycled plastic soda, juice and water bottles into reusable plastic which MicroGreen claims is stronger, lighter and more cost-effective than the alternatives. It does this by reducing the amount of source material needed to create new plastic products. For example, MicroGreen says that its technology can convert the source material from one 20-ounce plastic bottle into seven 12-ounce InCycle hot beverage cups. "At MicroGreen Polymers, we're focused on creating a world where plastic packaging is not seen as waste, but as a resource," said CEO Tom Malone in announcing the new technology. More

European universities, research and the 'Innovation Union'
University of Helsinki
The European Commission's newly adopted "Innovation Union" aims to remove bottlenecks which stop innovations reaching the market, e.g. lack of finance, and fragmented research systems. It sets out a strategic approach to innovation focusing Europe's efforts on challenges like climate change, energy and food security, health and an ageing population. The League of European Research Universities, an association of 22 research-intensive universities including the University of Helsinki, in turn gave their perspective on what they believe to be necessary to make Europe more innovation-friendly. More

University of Arizona takes tech transfer private
Inside Tucson Business
The University of Arizona is making a shift to move at the speed of business by separating its technology transfer efforts into a separate nonprofit corporation; a move that should bring more research dollars, create more local jobs and create a better working relationship with the business community. The initiative involves the forming of a 501(c)3 organization under the tentative name of the University of Arizona Research Corporation, which will be under the umbrella of the University of Arizona Foundation. The overhaul of tech transfers and company spin offs is an effort to take better advantage of the more than $600 million in research expenditures the school will use in fiscal year 2010.More

University research for industry soars
CBC News
Businesses are increasingly relying on universities to help them with science and technology research. University research contracted by businesses increased fivefold between 1999 and 2008, to $1.97 billion, reported Janet Walden, vice-president of research partnerships for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. In addition, NSERC currently contributes $260 million a year to programs involving partnerships between universities and industry — far more than the $140 million that the businesses themselves contribute. Funding involving industry now represents about one third of NSERC's budget, and is expected to grow. More

At SRI, developing an expertise in research and
development, innovation

For decades after its 1946 founding, SRI was part of Stanford University in California, and was known as Stanford Research Institute. But during the Vietnam War, said Norman Winarsky, SRI's vice president for ventures, licensing, and strategic programs, Stanford was getting picketed for having government contracts, and so the institute was spun off as a nonprofit. The irony of that is that today, SRI has plenty of partnerships with Stanford, and at least 70 percent of its contracts are with the government, Winarsky said. More

US FDA and University of Rochester partner for new drug products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently selected the University of Rochester Medical Center to lead a new initiative to accelerate the identification of improved pain treatments. The partnership, known as Analgesic Clinical Trial Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks, will analyze a wide range of clinical trials of treatments for acute and chronic pain, looking specifically at the approach and procedures used in each trial. Researchers hope to identify problems or gaps in trial design and implementation, and find ways to bridge these gaps to speed the development of new safe and effective medications.More

EDA startup targets debug, validation
EE Times
An EDA startup spun out of research at the University of British Columbia came out of stealth mode offering what it says is to a breakthrough technology for post-silicon debug and validation. Veridae Systems Inc. said its technology provides unprecedented visibility into the IC at all stages of validation, allowing engineers to pinpoint and understand unexpected behaviors, correct problems and rapidly move devices into production. The company claims that its technology can enable designers to resolve in hours debug problems that previously required weeks or months.More