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Exclusive Interview with AUTM President Jane Muir
AUTM President Jane Muir is the director of the Florida Innovation Hub at University of Florida and associate director of the Office of Technology Licensing. IPWatchdog had the opportunity to chat with Muir about the role of university research and some of the criticisms swirling in the popular press, which seem to largely be based on unfamiliarity with the technology transfer process and the vital role that universities play.
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Wayne State Licenses Patented Portfolio of High-Strength, Low-Alloy
Steels and Cast Irons to Detroit Materials
The Office of the Vice President for Research at Wayne State University has announced the finalization of a license agreement with a new startup company, Detroit Materials, Inc., for a Wayne State University patented portfolio of high-strength low-alloy steels and cast irons for demanding applications in the defense, off-highway, tooling and automotive industries.
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Commercializing PICS Bags in Africa Funding
Imperial Valley News
Purdue University is receiving a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a program that will put the crop-saving PICS bags into the hands of more farmers in sub-Saharan Africa countries to improve their food security and income.
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HorseFly 'Octocopter' Primed to Fly the Future to Your Front Door
University of Cincinnati
Ever seen a horse fly? Maybe you have, but never like this one. This HorseFly has eight rotors, a wireless, recharging battery and a mission to deliver merchandise right to your doorstep. The University of Cincinnati and AMP Electric Vehicles, makers of the WorkHorse all-electric delivery truck, collaborated on the HorseFly "octocopter" through an innovative partnership made possible by the University of Cincinnati Research Institute.
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UCLA Inventions Show Range of Innovation at UC Forum
The focus for UCLA professors and grad students is on finding better solutions for thermal connectors used for retaining and extracting heat from rack-mounted printed circuit boards. They have invented an innovative wedgelock conduction heat transfer design that will benefit the high-tech industry by offering 20 percent better thermal performance than existing connectors and being less costly to produce.
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Commentary: Lost in Transition
Columnist Joe Allen was reading and came across this excerpt: "Interest in commercialization is as love in the Internet — there's love, but there are no evidences." Allen then questions if many of the crises we face in the world today are the result of blunders by my former classmates now sowing the seeds of chaos in international affairs as translators to those in power.
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IUPUI Research Commercialization and Outreach on the Rise
The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Innovation-to-Enterprise Initiative, which supports faculty and students as they turn research and product development into profitable commercial ventures, is resulting in a sharp increase in inventions, patents and startup business concepts.
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UCSF Program Pushes Innovation in Medical Devices
San Francisco Chronicle
At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, as in all hospitals, patients who lie in bed for hours sometimes develop painful skin sores. To prevent these wounds, nurses must check and move patients every few hours. But Dr. Hanmin Lee wonders if a device would do a better job of predicting and alerting staff to nascent bedsores. UCSF is opening the Rosenman Institute, a program intended to give Lee and other faculty members the resources to turn their ideas for medical devices into real products.
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AUTM 2014 Region Meetings
AUTM region meetings bring diverse programs of interest to experienced and new-technology-transfer professionals. Focused on best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that culminate in successful product commercialization, each meeting provides a forum for members to connect, exchange ideas and gain valuable contacts.

Region Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities: Sponsorship of AUTM Region Meetings underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field. For details, email Madhuri Carson, or call 847-753-5217.

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AUTM Accepting Scholarship and Literature Review Prize Applications
AUTM is now accepting scholarship applications from students, scholars and new professionals pursuing a career in academic technology transfer.
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AUTM Seeks Fundraising Professional
AUTM is seeking letters of interest from fundraising professionals to assist with its strategies to increase nondues revenues. The funding environment currently offers more opportunities to secure grant funding — especially from government sources — than ever before. This environment may change at the conclusion of the Obama administration, so there is a certain level of urgency to begin activities. Activities will be focused on securing grants from government and foundations and expanding corporate engagement, cultivation and sponsorship.

Letters must be submitted via email in PDF format by July 31.

Learn more about this unique opportunity.

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AUTM Videos Spotlight Technology Transfer Benefits: More Grants Available
Additional grants are available in AUTM's Put a Face On It video project, which spotlights the real-world connection between our members' work and its ability to transform people's lives. The videos can be used in presentations to build a greater understanding of technology transfer. Share, tweet, or link to the videos to spread the word about your important work!

Learn more about how to submit your own here.

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AUTM Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT)
Database Needs YOUR Deals

AUTM has launched the data collection phase for its new Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT) Database (formerly the Royalties and Deals database), a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

TransACT Needs YOUR Deals!
AUTM directors were sent login instructions last month. If you will be responsible for entering deals for your institution and did not receive an email with your login and a link to the database, please contact Chris Harris, AUTM assistant vice president for Deal Terms Database.

To make the AUTM TransACT Database as successful and meaningful as possible, please enter your deals as soon as possible. Your institution will receive a discount on the subscription price of the AUTM TransACT Database based on the number deals contributed.

If you have questions about the AUTM TransACT Database, please contact Chris Harris.

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The Belief That Our Patent System is Broken is Patently False
Detroit Free Press
If you listen to some commentators on the subject of patents, you could form the belief that the patent system is irreparably broken. According to these arguments, "patent trolls" are bringing businesses to a complete halt and that software patents are a barrier to innovation.

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New Fuel Cell Could Eliminate Waste at Biodiesel Plants
The Daily Fusion
A new fuel-cell concept, developed by a Michigan State University researcher, will allow biodiesel plants to eliminate the creation of hazardous wastes while removing their dependence on fossil fuel from their production process. The platform, which uses microbes to glean ethanol from glycerol and has the added benefit of cleaning up the wastewater, will allow producers to reincorporate the ethanol and the water into the fuel-making process.

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Biomed Tech Company: Raising $35.7 Million Before Going to Market
When Charu Ramanathan founded CardioInsight in 2005, she knew she had a technology on her hands with the potential to help save people's lives. Ramanathan and her founding partner were researchers, not business people, but over the course of six years, they still managed to raise $35.7 million all before bringing the product to market in Europe in 2012 with a limited launch.

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AUTM Partnering Forum: Neurologic and Orthopaedic Medical
Device Technology

This new business development meeting presents a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the neurologic and orthopaedic medical device technology sector.

Includes a reverse showcase of presentations from industry partners highlighting technological areas of interest and how to best work with them; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to neurologic and orthopaedic medical devices; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering.

Sept. 23-24
Hosted by Wake Forest Innovations
Winston-Salem, NC, USA Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship of an AUTM Partnering Forum underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field and helps AUTM keep registration fees low — allowing technology transfer professionals from all backgrounds and skill levels to attend.

Contact Madhuri Carson either via email or by phone at 847-753-5217 with any questions.

Download the sponsorship application now.

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Successful Practices in Small Technology Transfer Offices
This AUTM course is designed specifically for technology transfer professionals working in small offices. The two-day course addresses the challenges and opportunities of working in small offices. Find out how to make the most out of your small office with limited resources, while making connections with other small office professionals and engaging in comprehensive discussions on the topics that matter to you most.

Oct. 13-14
Westin Denver Downtown
Denver, CO, USA

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information. Schedule at a Glance.

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AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices
Save the date for this first in a series of AUTM business development courses designed to provide in-depth education on specific industry sectors. This course focuses on the medical device industry and how regulatory, legal and business issues affect commercializing technologies in the medical device space. Registration for this course will open in early July.

Nov 12-13
Chicago Marriott O'Hare
Rosemont, IL, USA

View Schedule at a Glance. Faculty.

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.

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    University of Delaware Spinoff Developing Puncture-Resistant Gloves for Health Care Workers (NewsWorks)
Device Produces Batches of Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine (Plataforma SINC via Medical Xpress)
Waterloo Startup Wins Prestigious Global Award for Technology That Recycles Tires (Marketwired)
University of Houston Debuts Investment Deal for Faculty Startups (University Business)

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AUTM Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members.

June 11
Telling Our Story: AUTM's Better World Project and Advocacy Videos
This informative, FREE webinar is for those who would like to learn more about communicating the value of academic technology transfer to stakeholders using AUTM's "Put a Face On It" videos, the Better World Project, and AUTM's new "About Technology Transfer" video.

June 17
Federal Award Terms: What Do They Mean for You?
Learn how restrictions impact technology transfer and what constraints they might impose on the ability to license university technologies. This webinar will discuss the implications of such terms and strategies for handling them..

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

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Better World Project Featured Stories
The Better World Project features inspiring stories about university technologies that make the world a better place. Check out the new featured story from the Florida State University: Carbon Nanotechnology Lowers Cost of Hydrogen Fuel Cell. Take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the featured stories.

Want to learn more about how AUTM can help you communicate your value to stakeholders? Attend the free "Telling Our Story: AUTM's Better World Project and Advocacy Videos" webinar on June 11. Register now!

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

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Murray State to Host Entrepreneur Competition
(Murray Ledger & Times)

Institute for Commercialization of Public Research Finalizes
Funding Agreement with Altavian


CUNY, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Near Infrared Imaging
Announce 'Vein-Eye' Camera

(The City University of New York)


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