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Subcommittee Evaluates Efforts to Accelerate University Technology Transfer
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The Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation today held a hearing to learn about different approaches universities and nonprofits are taking to transfer the results of federally-funded research. Passed in 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act was designed to improve collaboration between commercial concerns and nonprofit organizations, including universities, in addition to promoting the utilization of inventions arising from federally supported research and development. "The transfer of knowledge from universities into the marketplace can have profound economic and societal impacts, so we are always looking for more ways to encourage this process," said the Subcommittee's Vice Chairman, Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL). "The collaborative efforts encouraged under the Bayh-Dole Act have brought about the commercialization of many new technological advances that impact the lives of millions of people across the nation." More

Senate Hearing Highlights Importance of Technology Transfer in U.S. Competitiveness
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Research and development are critical to maintaining America’s competitive advantage and to do so will take technology, money and commitment, according to the testimony of three experts on technology transfer. Panelists testifying at the U.S. Senate Science and Technology Caucus hearing "From Lab to Market: Technology Transfer at Universities and National Laboratories and How the U.S. Economy Benefits," argued the effectiveness of U.S. universities and federally funded research and development centers in promoting technology commercialization is crucial for U.S. competitiveness. More

Report: Research Universities Essential for U.S. Prosperity, Security
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America's research universities are essential for U.S. prosperity and security, but in danger of serious decline unless the federal government, states and industry take action to ensure adequate, stable funding in the next decade, according to a report issued by the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. The report, titled "Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security," was requested by Congress as a follow-up to a study on U.S. competitiveness issued by the academies in 2005. The new report recommends 10 strategic actions that the nation should take in the next five to 10 years to maintain top-quality U.S. research institutions. More

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How to Stay on Top
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At a time when federal and state politicians seem happy to cut and reluctant or unable to increase spending on higher education, a long-awaited report from the National Research Council, the policy arm of the National Academies, argues that the country cannot maintain its position as a leader in research without sustained investment in its public and private universities. The report, “Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security,” is the result of a call from a bipartisan group of members of Congress, who asked the Academies in 2009 to come up with 10 actions the federal government, state governments, research universities and others could take to "maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century." More

U. of Utah Shuttle System Getting Wireless Electric Bus
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If batteries did not weigh or cost so much, most drivers might be wheeling electric vehicles by now. A new Utah State University technology could overcome this barrier to electrically powered transport. How? By transferring power through the air, from charging pads embedded in a road to a vehicle's undercarriage 10 inches above, minimizing the need for on-board power storage. This fall a USU startup company will test the economic viability of such as wireless power transfer, or WPT, in the shuttle bus system at the University of Utah. Fueled with a federal grant, the university is installing charging pads at bus stops and buying new electric buses to supplement its 28-bus fleet of diesel and compressed natural gas-powered vehicles. More

Librassay® Opens up Nonexclusive Access to Patents for Molecular Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine

Exclusive licensing practices and related legal skirmishes cry out for nonexclusive access to patents in the diagnostic field of use. MPEG LA is answering that call with Librassay®, a web-based marketplace of nonexclusive patent rights.

“Our role is to help patent owners and users come together in an efficient fashion to hasten transactions that incentivize technology innovation and adoption by balancing reasonable access to patent rights for users with a reasonable return on technology investment for patent owners,” said Kristin Neuman, Executive Director of Librassay®.

New Energy Source for Future Medical Implants: Sugar
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MIT engineers have developed a fuel cell that runs on the same sugar that powers human cells: glucose. This glucose fuel cell could be used to drive highly efficient brain implants of the future, which could help paralyzed patients move their arms and legs again. The fuel cell, described in the June 12 edition of the journal PLoS ONE, strips electrons from glucose molecules to create a small electric current. The researchers, led by Rahul Sarpeshkar, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, fabricated the fuel cell on a silicon chip, allowing it to be integrated with other circuits that would be needed for a brain implant. More

University of Southampton and Roke Develop Technology Support for Stroke Patients
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The University of Southampton, in collaboration with Roke Manor Research Ltd (Roke), a Chemring company, has pioneered the use of Xbox computer technology to develop the world's first process that measures hand joint movement to help stroke patients recover manual agility at home. The Xbox Kinect works by monitoring whole limb movements. However, the university team has taken it a step further to create an algorithm that tracks and measures hand joint angles and the fine dexterity of individual finger movements. The ultimate aim is to capture the data while the patients follow exercises on a TV screen. More

New UMaine Technology Center to Turn Wood Chips and Grass into Fuel and Plastics
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A research and technology hub that one day could help wean the United States off foreign oil opened Monday in a former paper products shipping bay on the grounds of Old Town Fuel and Fiber. The 40,000-square-foot Technology Research Center will provide researchers from the University of Maine's Forest Bioproducts Research Institute and across the globe a place to develop and analyze new products and techniques that convert wood chips, grass and other biomass into useful materials such as fuel and plastics. More

New Solar Thermal Technology Offers Lightweight and Cost-Efficient Panels
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SABIC and VU University Amsterdam have collaborated to develop and market a solar thermal technology that will be used to control the temperature in solar energy collectors. This invention will enable customers to avail benefits of using low cost, lightweight and highly efficient solar panels. This new solar thermal technology has been developed as a result of the increasing demand for solar energy. More

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GPS Technology Improves Weather Forecasting
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Researchers at RMIT University's SPACE Research Center and the Bureau of Meteorology are using GPS and low earth orbit satellites to provide an additional type of temperature profile observation for use in weather forecasting computer models. More

Mizzou Researchers Use Sensors for Remote Monitoring of Seniors
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The University of Missouri announced its development of new technologies that could help aging adults stay in their own homes longer while still being monitored by healthcare providers. Marjorie Skubic, a professor of electrical and computer engineering in the MU College of Engineering, and Marilyn Rantz, a curator's professor of nursing in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, have used motion-sensing technology to monitor changes in residents' health for several years at TigerPlace, an eldercare facility in Columbia. More

AUTM Data Reveal Profound Economic Contribution of U.S. Universities and Nonprofits
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"The Economic Contributions of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the United States: 1996-2010," a report released today by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), uses data from AUTM over a 15-year period to reveal the profound impact of universities on the economy. AUTM member Lori Pressman, a consultant in Cambridge, Mass was the lead author of the report.

For the 15 years studied the report shows:
  • University/nonprofit licensing supported as many as 3 million "person years of employment"

  • The impact on U.S. gross industry output is as much as $836 billion and the impact on gross domestic product is as much as $388 billion in 2005 dollars
Read the press release here.

Don't Miss These Upcoming AUTM Region Meetings
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AUTM 2012 Central Region Meeting
July 23 – 25
Oklahoma City, OK, USA

AUTM 2012 Eastern Region Meeting
Sept. 12 – 14
Philadelphia, PA, USA

AUTM 2012 Western Region Meeting
Nov. 13 – 14
Napa, CA, USA

VG Energy to Optimize Algae "Lipid Trigger" Compound with Leading Biofuel Researcher
(BusinessWire via MarketWatch)

Radiation or Chemo? The Answer May Be Around the Corner
(The University of Chicago Medical Center)

Carnegie Mellon Spinoff Receives Funding to Commercialize Transit App
(Carnegie Mellon University via Phys.Org)

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