AUTM Newsbrief
Dec. 19, 2013

University of Washington Looks to Transform Old Law
School into Magnet for Startups

Welcome to the new tech hub of Seattle: North Lake Union? Startup companies in the city have historically set up shop in the quirky old brick buildings of Pioneer Square and, more recently, the redeveloped areas of South Lake Union and Fremont. But a new effort is taking root just west of the University of Washington’s main campus. More

4 University of Houston Researchers Named to National Academy of Inventors
Your Houston News
Four researchers from the University of Houston have been named as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Together, they hold 134 issued and pending U.S. patents, along with a number of international patents. More

Maryland Chancellor Shares Ideas to Enhance Effectiveness of America's Research Universities
University of Delaware
For research universities to produce the ideas and talent the United States needs in order to lead in the 21st century, they "must make a steady and persistent movement to adapt to the times," according to William (Brit) Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland. More

University of Iowa Adds Last Member to Economic Development Team
The Des Moines Register
With the addition of a third member, the University of Iowa has completed its leadership team to guide the university's economic development-related efforts and partnerships in the state. David Conrad founded a software startup, Emerjent Inc., in Ames in the mid-2000s and was a licensing associate for the Iowa State University Research Foundation from 2004 to 2006, according to a post on the university’s website.More

University Of Illinois to Host Workshop on Crowdfunding, JOBS Act
Crowdfund Insider
The University of Illinois and embedded incubator EnterpriseWorks are hosting a crowdfunding workshop detailing upcoming regulatory changes brought on by the JOBS Act. Entrepreneur in Residence Alan Singleton will be speaking at the event. Owned and operated by the University of Illinois to help launch successful startup companies, EnterpriseWorks is at the heart of the Research Park's community building efforts. More

Professors from Germany, New Zealand Visit Parul Campus
The Times of India
Two eminent professors from renowned universities of New Zealand and Germany visited city-based Parul Campus. The professors from University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, Germany, viewed more than 30 projects made by students in the field of engineering and pharmacy. All these students and faculty guides who presented their projects got various positive inputs for making their projects better. Moreover, there will be a screening of projects for which there is possibility of technology transfer and also funding the various stages of project. More

AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting
There is so much to do at the AUTM Annual Meeting. Between partnering meetings, networking events, sessions, mini courses and fun activities, the hardest part about the meeting is deciding how to spend your time.

Maximize your time by choosing sessions that are right for you. To make this easy, check out our session picker, which allows you to filter sessions by track or experience level. Find workshops that are right for you. More

Expand Your Reach at the AUTM Annual Meeting
Make a statement at the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting as an exhibitor or sponsor — each an affordable way to reinforce your brand or introduce your company to the largest in-person gathering of academic technology transfer professionals.More

AUTM 40th Anniversary Celebration
AUTM celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014 and will kick off the yearlong celebration at the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting. While there will be some nods to the past, the celebration will be very forward thinking, and AUTM invites your participation!More

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 2014. If you're planning to attend the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting, Feb. 19-22, in San Francisco, CA, 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, contact AUTM headquarters at or 1-847-559-0846.More

AUTM 2014 Venture Forum Finalists Announced
The Venture Forum at the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting is your opportunity to hear from and interact with top institutional and corporate venture investors in the country.

The Forum will consist of two events — a venture capital panel discussion and a business plan competition. The VC panel will offer a moderated question-and-answer session to help you understand the venture capital perspective. During the business plan competition, university-related startup companies will compete for a $10,000 cash prize, offering you a rare opportunity to learn what works, what doesn't and why.

Congratulations to the AUTM 2014 Venture Forum Finalists:


Duquesne Enters Largest Licensing Deal for Cancer Treatment Drugs
Pittsburgh Business Times
Nearly 50 patents, developed quietly in the labs of Duquesne University, could hold big potential for the treatment of cancer. Working with Flag Therapeutics Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.-based startup run by Duquesne alum Frank Sorgi, the university has entered into a licensing agreement for two novel classes of duel-acting, water-soluble drugs developed for the treatment of cancer.More

Commercialization Program Funding for 3-D Modeling Startup
Mind the Gap
Gainesville, Fla.-based Paracosm has secured $800,000 in private and public funding to advance its 3-D modeling and navigation software. The funding includes $300,000 from the Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research. The institute, which has an office in the University of Florida Innovation Hub, funds and mentors companies that spin out of state university research and private research institutions.More

House Passes Innovation Act; Battle Goes to Senate
On Dec. 5, the United States House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act by a vote of 325-91. Surprisingly, the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) had only been introduced on Oct. 23, and was marked up on Nov. 20. So what was the rush? This breakneck pace, which took place in a Congress that has been noted for its extraordinary inaction, is curious to say the least. Indeed, one member of Congress went much further than raising a curious eyebrow.More

AUTM Unveils New Member Community App for iOS and Android
AUTM's new Member Community App gives you access to participate and network with other AUTM members at your convenience, even when you're on the go. You'll find discussions, a member search feature, the communities that you belong to, the AUTM Twitter feed, blogs and more!

Click here for information on how to download and begin using the app today! More

AUTM Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members for one low price.

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

AUTM 2014 Eastern Region Meeting: Call for Topics
The AUTM Eastern Region Planning Committee invites you to suggest topics for the AUTM 2014 Eastern Region Meeting, which will take place on Sept. 18-19 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA.

To submit a topic, complete an application and return it to AUTM by Jan. 30. If you have any questions, contact Melinda Briggs at AUTM headquarters, or at 1-847-559-0846. Submit your ideas today! More

Read the Latest ATTP News
The Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) designation is administered by the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP). Check out their December 2013 newsletter and make becoming a Registered Transfer Professional (RTTP) your new year’s resolution. Apply by Jan. 24. More