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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


Florida Institute Funds Medical Technology Company MYOLYN
The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research announced that it has finalized a funding agreement with MYOLYN, a Gainesville-based company with technology licensed from the University of Florida. MYOLYN is applying recent advances in robotics, automation and control theory to rehabilitation and therapy products for individuals with neurological disorders. The Institute supports new company creation based on publicly-funded research, and bridges early funding gaps for companies spinning out of Florida-based universities and research institutions.
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New York Funds $600,000 Food Germ Killer for Cornell
Ithaca Journal via Democrat & Chronicle
Cornell University's Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva will receive $600,000 in state funding for new equipment that will "revolutionize" the food processing industry, Sen. Mike Nozzolio announced Monday. Nozzolio unveiled the acquisition of a Hiperbaric 55 High Pressure Processing machine, which will allow the station to "conduct transformational research, instruction and outreach that will revolutionize the food processing industry, expand new markets for locally grown agricultural products and create new jobs in the Finger Lakes region and throughout New York state."
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Twin Cities, University of Minnesota Partner to Drive Growth Through Tech
Politics in Minnesota
Officials from Minneapolis and St. Paul signed onto a $160 million federal initiative using technology to help cities nationwide boost economic growth, sustainability and competitiveness. The Smart Cities program, a product of the Obama administration launched Monday afternoon, urges collaboration between proven innovators — like university researchers and entrepreneurs — and cities to tackle barriers preventing higher quality of life and more robust development.

St. Paul and Minneapolis will work with the University of Minnesota. As part of a network of more than 20 cities that opted into the initiative, they'll work together to leverage technology to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure, better deliver services and prop up the regional economy.

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University of Chicago Partners with Industry to Develop Next-Generation Cancer Therapies
The University of Chicago
A new collaboration between Celgene Corp. and the Recombinant Antibody Network — a consortium comprising research groups from the University of California-San Francisco, the University of Chicago and the University of Toronto — will support the development of next-generation, antibody-based cancer therapies. In this first industry partnership for the network, Celgene agreed to pay $25 million for the option to enter into future license agreements to develop and commercialize promising therapeutic antibodies to cancer-related targets.
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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 Headquarters is Moving
Beginning Sept. 28, AUTM's new address/phone will be:

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 USA
Phone: 847-686-2244
Fax: 847-686-2251

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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

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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. 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.

You can also submit your idea for a video that puts a face on technology transfer. You could be eligible for a $1,500 matching grant.

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Purdue-Based Startup to Participate in American Chemical Society Program
(Globe Newswire)

Grant to Help State Universities Jumpstart Biotech Ventures
(Yale News)

Governing Board for Vanderbilt University Medical Center Named
(Vanderbilt University)

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