Fuentek's Tech Transfer Blog

Your AUTM Annual Meeting Checklist

The 2018 AUTM® meeting is coming up Feb. 18-21, and we at Fuentek are looking forward to it! If you’re with a university tech transfer office, you should too. The AUTM meeting provides you with lots of opportunities to network with industry, investors, and research institutions. You can also learn about the latest advancements in tech transfer and even advance your career. Having participated in the AUTM meeting for several years, I offer up these tips to help you get the most out of your time in Phoenix.

Tentatively Plan Your Schedule

The conference schedule is pretty full. Doing a little planning keeps you from wasting precious time figuring out where to go next. To identify sessions that are of particular interest to you, check out the topical track-based schedule. AUTM also offers a day-by-day schedule to help you quickly identify what’s going on at any given time.

First-Time Attendee Briefing: Sunday, Feb. 18th, 4:00-5:00pm

If this is your first AUTM national meeting, be sure to attend this briefing on Sunday, Feb. 18th, 4:00-5:00pm.

Industry/Academia Connect and Collaborate: Monday, Feb. 19th, 1:45-5:30pm

These sessions give companies and universities a chance to interact. Industry representatives will discuss the types of technologies they’re seeking. And you’ll have time to network with those where there’s a match.

Use AUTM Connect

The valuable AUTM Connect tool lets you create a personal schedule that includes conference sessions and other events as well as one-on-one meetings that you can book through the tool. There’s even an app you can download to your mobile devices to quickly access the program and events during the conference, schedule your own meetings, and more. Watch this free webinar to learn how to use AUTM Connect.

Prepare to Network

The AUTM meeting gives lots of chances to network, so advance planning will for those will be particularly helpful. Consider these tips:

  • Use AUTM Connect to find and schedule meetings with the organizations/individuals that align with what you have to offer. (For more on this, see Becky’s “All About Events” post.)
  • Think about what information will be most important to the people you’ll speak with. For example, what are the relevant aspects of your technology portfolio or research capabilities?
  • Plan how you will introduce yourself and your organization.
  • Practice your pitch to keep the conversation concise and interesting.
  • Remember to bring plenty of business cards.

Review the List of Exhibitors

AUTM posts the exhibitor list here. Review and identify ahead of time the exhibitors you have particular interest in, so you can make the best use of your time in the Exhibit Hall. Prioritize your list to focus on the ones who are the best match for your technology needs and/or portfolio… after you visit Fuentek in Booth #406, that is!

Have Fun!

The AUTM annual meeting is an opportunity to spend time with and learn from like-minded tech transfer nerds for a few days. Enjoy it! I hope to see you in Phoenix at Booth #406. Safe travels!

Find Fuentek
at AUTM 2018


  • Sunday 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Monday 7:00am to 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am to 11:30am

MONDAY, FEB. 19 • 10:45AM

Using Sponsored Research to Bridge the Licensing Gap Program (Session A7)

  • Danielle McCulloch, Fuentek (moderator)
  • Brian Kraft, Washington State University
  • Sharon Semones, Eli Lilly and Co.
  • Todd Sherer, Emory University


Bringing Tech Transfer into the Classroom Curriculum (Session F6)

  • Becky Stoughton, Fuentek (moderator)
  • Justin Anderson, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
  • Steven Ferguson, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Lesley Millar-Nicholson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)