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Highlights of AUTM US Licensing Activity Survey: FY2014
Now Available

The AUTM Licensing Activity Survey offers quantitative data and real-world examples about licensing activities at U.S. and Canadian universities, hospitals and research institutions.

Highlights of the AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2014 provide a preview of the data found in the comprehensive fiscal year 2014 report. It offers a glimpse into the current state of the technology transfer field. That comprehensive AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2014 will be published later this year and supplemented with additional stories about technology transfer's ability to improve lives and boost economies.

Highlights include:
  • 5,435 licenses executed (up 4.5 percent over prior year)
  • 1,461 options executed (up 7.7 percent)
  • 549 executed licenses containing equity (up 17 percent)
  • 914 startup companies formed (up 12 percent)
  • 4,688 startups still operating as of the end of FY2014 (up 11.4 percent)
  • 965 new commercial products created (up 34.2 percent)
  • 6,363 U.S. patents issued (up 11 percent)
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Industry News


Kansas State, TechAccel Ink Agreement for Insect-Control Technology
Kansas State University via Newswise
A Kansas City, Missouri, area company has agreed to pursue commercial opportunities for a scientific discovery by Kansas State University that promises to make insect control much safer for humans and other animals. TechAccel signed a licensing agreement recently with the Kansas State University Research Foundation allowing the company to utilize a recent discovery that effectively silences an essential gene in a target insect, causing it to die.
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Research into Robo-Picker Advances in Washington State
The Packer
While a humanoid robot in overalls and a straw hat is never likely to be in the Yakima Valley picking fruit, Washington State University researchers are making headway in the development of robotic devices to pick apples. With the state producing about 18 billion apples every year and labor shortages an increasing problem, robotic harvesting machines are not just a professor's flight of fancy.
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North Carolina State Startup Buzz Grows: Tech Transfer Program Awards 5 Research Grants Up to $75,000
WRAL TechWire
North Carolina State University is funneling grants up to $75,000 each to five research teams that could become the latest tech transfer successes for NCSU's five-year-old Chancellor's Innovation Fund. From stem cells to treat lung disease to bioprocessing for beer, from infrared sensors to biosensors and biomedical imaging, the five represent the latest commercialization efforts by NCSU.
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Study Points to a New Pathway Toward a Vaccine Against MRSA
Infection Control Today
New research led by NYU Langone Medical Center has uncovered why a particular strain of Staphylococcus aureus — known as HA-MRSA — becomes more deadly than other variations. These new findings open up possible new pathways to vaccine development against this bacterium, which the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions says accounts for more than 10,000 deaths annually, mostly among hospital patients.
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  NAI Fellows: Call for Nominations

Nominate your distinguished faculty inventors as 2015 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. There are currently 414 NAI Fellows worldwide who collectively hold nearly 14,000 issued U.S. patents. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors…Read More


AUTM 2015 TOOLS and Essentials Courses
AUTM's TOOLS and Essentials Courses deliver the nuts and bolts training all technology transfer professionals need:
  • Gain the knowledge essential to running successful office operations
  • Become the budget expert on managing licensing revenue
  • Tackle the critical issues of licensing through hands-on case studies
  • Build a network of trusted technology transfer advisors

TOOLS and Essentials Courses are held concurrently. Those who register for TOOLS can also attend any Essentials sessions.

Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)

Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course

Both Courses
Oct. 5-7
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington, USA

Register today, and take advantage of early registration discounts.

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AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices
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.

AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices
Nov. 17-18
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, Texas, USA

What did last year's attendees say?
  • "The faculty was all around good choices"
  • "This was a very informative talk, a great job explaining complex material"
  • "Good balanced program and great networking"
  • "The course was very useful and I would definitely attend again"

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Videos Spotlight Lives Transformed by Technology Transfer:
Grants Are Now Available

AUTM's Better World video project (previously known as Put a Face On It) enables technology transfer offices to show how their university-developed innovations personally transform lives.

This is an opportunity for your office to produce a powerful, compelling video — for internal and external stakeholders — about the value technology transfer professionals deliver to the university and community.

A limited number of grants are available that match up to $1,500 of video production costs for qualified submissions. Learn how to apply for your grant here.

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

Sept. 17
License Agreements: Fixing Historical Messes and Getting Your Funds In Order!
Learn how to keep your financials in order by initiating, tracking and confirming existing transactions. Presenters will give advice on how to keep track and ensure your financial records are accurate and complete, and give you additional tips on how to keep them this way!

Sept. 22
Developing a Need-Driven Innovations Portfolio
In this webinar experts explain how need-driven innovations can be a valuable addition to our traditional IP portfolios and how focused outreach and specific resources are necessary to facilitate innovations successfully.

Sept. 30
The How-To's for Improving Technology Transfer Office Legal Expense Review, Approval and Invoicing Process
Learn legal methods and best practices that can be utilized to help technology transfer offices with implementing good habits with service providers, requesting estimates and setting caps for commissioned work. Presenters will also give guidance on how to greatly improve legal processes in your own institution.

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Better World Project — September Featured Story
Using a proprietary growing method developed at Washington State University (WSU), startup company Phytelligence is producing plants and trees faster than ever, offering a fresh alternative to tree farmers in an industry overripe for innovation.

Read all about it here.

Do You Have a Video or Story to Share?
Submit your technologies into the Better World Project database, a growing repository of technologies that are making the world a better place, and your technologies will be considered for Featured Stories — professionally written articles that are hosted on the BWP website and promoted via AUTM's various media outlets. Enter your technologies now.

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Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund Invests $10 Million in Yale-Led Program in Innovative Therapeutics for Connecticut's Health

Vexti Signs License Agreement for Nanotech Patents from Brown University and Northeastern University
(Massachusetts Newswire)

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