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AUTM 2015: Ready for New Orleans

This weekend, Fuentek’s leadership team will be heading to New Orleans for the 2015 national meeting of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM®). We’re looking forward to seeing longtime friends and meeting new colleagues from university technology transfer offices (TTOs) as well as industry.

Attention Tweeters: Use #AUTM2015 as the hashtag to keep the conversation going, both among your fellow attendees and for those tuning in at home.

Whether this is your first or thirty-first time at an AUTM meeting, check out Becky’s posts from last year as you prepare for meeting with potential partners/licensees and, more generally, getting the most out of the conference. Here are some of the key links for 2015:

    • Program booklet – We’re especially looking forward to the Fireside Chat with Steve Blank
    • Online schedule – We’re involved in two sessions on Monday, as noted below.
    • AUTM Connect – This is the best way to schedule time to meet with us — Danielle McCulloch, Becky Stoughton, and me — and other attendees.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Stop by Booth #202 to see a new infographic showing the path technology takes from invention disclosure to product.

  • Exhibitor list – Fuentek is in Booth #202. Stop by to chat, see our new infographic launch, and pick up a free mobile device charger.
  • AUTM Live Learning Center – Log in to access the session presentation slides (and sound recordings after the conference).

From a Small Campus? Don’t Miss This Session

“Many of our AUTM brethren hail from smaller institutions.” So begins the description for the session Best Practices to Maximize Potential on a Small Campus – Monday at 10:30am (Track A). Our Becky Stoughton — formerly director of the TTO at the University of Texas at Dallas — will be joined by locally based Patrick Reed of the LSU Health Sciences Center and Staton Noel from down the road from us at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to discuss:

  • Influencing the culture on campus
  • Increasing innovation disclosures
  • Encouraging more faculty participation by creating “faculty collisions” at all stages of research
  • Using cost-effective approaches

Marc Sedam from the University of New Hampshire will moderate the discussion, which will be loaded with examples and ideas that the audience can apply back home, no matter what size their office may be.

Reaching Out to Faculty about SRAs

Often TTOs struggle with faculty researchers not understanding the growing importance that sponsored research agreements (SRA) have on campus. So we put together the panel All Aboard! Getting Faculty on the SRA Train – Monday at 3:30pm (Track C). During this session, our panelists will discuss their experiences with “inreach” to faculty:

I look forward to moderating what’s sure to be an interesting and insightful conversation.

Again, you can find Fuentek at Booth #202, where we’ll have time to talk about the challenges and goals of your TTO or company — from building/enhancing your office to more efficiently managing IP; from marketing your technologies or your office to effectively forming collaborations, partnerships, and licensing deals; from using competitive intelligence for informed decision making to training tech transfer staff/interns or researchers.

See you in New Orleans!