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Advice for University Translational Research to Close the Valley of Death

kml0000In her recent Wall Street Journal article “Universities Push Harder Into Realm of Startups,” reporter Ruth Simon observed that “universities are stepping up efforts to create ‘spinouts,’ or business startups born from some of the cutting-edge research of their students or faculty. Some schools are creating funds that help cover startup costs.” She mentions several schools’ efforts to support their spinout/startup companies, including the University of Minnesota’s Discovery Capital Investment Program, the University of Wisconsin’s Ideadvance Seed Fund, and the University of California’s independent UC Ventures. Yet another funding trend is occurring that focuses on an earlier segment of the commercialization pipeline, seeking to address what Simon rightly observed as an obstacle to university spinouts: “Technologies emerging from research labs are often embryonic.” This trend, known as translational funding, is more and more in the news. Continue reading

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Change the IRS’s “Private Use in Bonded Facilities” Regulation

IRS_iStock_000017797441SmallI wish to offer an answer to the RFI’s third Overarching Question: What specific actions can the Federal Government take to build and sustain U.S. strengths including its entrepreneurial culture, flexible labor markets, world-class research universities, strong regional innovation ecosystems, and large share of global venture capital investment? My answer: Change Section 6.02 of Revenue Procedure 2007-47 (from IRB 2007-29 issued on July 16, 2007) regarding corporate-sponsored research so as to better ensure that such innovative R&D occurs in U.S. universities rather than overseas. This change can serve as a no-cost solution that can have a positive impact on local/regional economies without creating a financial burden on the federal government or on U.S. taxpayers. Continue reading

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Worth Reading: Penn State Auctions IP, TB Alliance Makes Lemonade, Research on the SRA-Licensing Effect, and a #TechTransferTrends Chat

Online reading of technology transfer newsToday’s “Worth Reading” post runs the gamut from traditional print journalism to online blogging and to a tweet chat on technology transfer trends. Prospects for Penn State Patent Auction May Not Be That Bright: This commentary on the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) blog relates to the announcement that Pennsylvania State University will be auctioning off some of its intellectual property (IP) to the highest bidder. The IAM blog post is worth reading because of its insights, which were spot on. Here are my thoughts about it: Continue reading

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Universities’ Shifting View of IP in SRAs

Laura's fellow panelists (l to r): Kevin Wozniak, Holly Meadows, and Carla Lema TomeLast week I was invited to participate on a panel at the 2014 AUTM® national meeting. The focus: How university technology transfer offices (TTOs) are shifting their view of intellectual property (IP) terms when securing R&D funding through sponsored research agreements (SRAs). My fellow panelists and I discussed the current models at various universities. Here’s an overview. Continue reading

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AUTM Annual Meeting: A Before-You-Go Checklist

Are you ready?In my last post, I offered recommendations for connecting with potential partners while you’re at the national meeting for AUTM®. Today I’m sharing more general advice for having a productive experience at the conference. I know it’s hard to make time for these things when you’re frantic preparing to be away from the office for several days and trying to clear the decks. But a little time invested up front will be well worth it. Learn about your learning opportunities: Do you need to get better informed about a specific aspect of technology commercialization? Check out the advance meeting program to get the lay of the land, identifying sessions and events that are of particular interest to you. If you’re a paper person, print pages Continue reading

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Worth Reading in IP: Playing Beanball and Patent Stats

Online reading of technology transfer newsIt’s time again for our monthly Worth Reading post. It’s a short one — just two items — but it’s on a big topic: patents. “Standing Up to the Anti-Patent Beanball:” This post by Joe Allen on IPWatchdog was in response to attacks in The Washington Post and on Techdirt. Joe’s post is definitely worth reading. The original pieces that prompted it both take superficial and out-of-context portrayals of the value of patents and university licensing. Unlike such balanced analyses as… Continue reading

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Tweets: Tech Transfer 2013

Tweet key on computer keyboardAs subscribers of Fuentek’s quarterly e-newsletter The Fountain know, we publish our Top 10 Tweets every issue. Like our Worth Reading posts, we use these to help technology transfer professionals keep up with what we think are some of the most important stories in our industry. So for our last post of 2013, here is Our Top 10 of Our Top 10 Tech Transfer Tweets. We hope you enjoy this year in review… 140 characters at a time. Continue reading

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Worth Reading (and Buying): Holiday Edition

Online reading of technology transfer newsAs we leave Thanksgiving behind, work our way through Hanukkah, and head toward Christmas, today’s post focuses on holiday shopping as well as the usual articles and reports of interest to the technology transfer, business development, and R&D communities. Let us know about your favorite science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) gift ideas as well as readable tidbits. Continue reading

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Worth Reading: University-Industry Collaborations, a Social Media Success, the Shutdown, and In Memoriam

Online reading of technology transfer newsIf you’re looking for something worthwhile to read in between doorbell rings from trick-or-treaters tonight, check out these items. Oh, and let us know if any of your visitors are wearing STEM-related costumes! Continue reading

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Worth Reading in Tech Transfer: External Advisory Panels, Creating Economic Growth, Battling Bayh-Dole Critics, Open Innovation, and a Fun History on the Space Race

Online reading of technology transfer newsWonder what we’re reading as we wait for Congress to pass a budget? Read on. There were two articles in the September 2013 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics newsletter (available with a subscription from Tech Transfer Central) that elaborated on a blog post we ran here concerning the use of panels of external experts in evaluating technologies: Continue reading

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