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‘Corporate Engagement Bootcamp’ aims to plant seeds of industry collaboration


By David Schwartz
Published: November 21st, 2017

The latest — and largest — event in the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership’s ongoing corporate engagement bootcamp road show wrapped up recently in Albany NY, with the State University of New York’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute acting as host. The two-day Corporate Engagement Bootcamp aims to ramp up industry-sponsored research at the system’s 64 campuses by educating leaders at each one on the latest tactics for effectively engaging corporate partners. In fact, by inviting campus reps and potential industry sponsors, event sponsors hope the seeds of collaboration are planted on the spot.

UIDP is a forum for academia and industry — including, the organization says, “some of the finest innovation companies and best research universities in the world” — to work on better ways to partner. The SUNY system’s five dozen-plus campuses claim about 600,000 students; the Research Foundation for SUNY supports nearly $1 billion in research activity a year.  For fiscal year 2017, SUNY reported more than $130,000,000 in expenditures for programs sponsored by “business and industry.”

Their joint bootcamp is designed to provide “essential ingredients needed to create successful and sustainable industry relationships,” including mutually beneficial models for engaging with business. The SUNY campus “ambassadors” have diverse campus responsibilities, notes Jeffrey A. Boyce, MPA, director of research-supported economic development at RFSUNY, including economic development, research administration, external relations, workforce development, foundation relations and applied learning. The ambassadors include center directors and faculty in other leadership roles — deans included — but are generally not individual researchers.

Industry representatives include speakers at the event from GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, BASF Corp., and Corning Inc.

“We think there’s great value in the personal interaction among and between campus reps and presenters,” Boyce reports. “Significant time is reserved during most sessions for questions and group discussion. We expect many new connections will be made at breaks between sessions and during the networking reception.”

It’s SUNY’s first corporate engagement bootcamp, but UIDP has held similar, smaller sessions around the country. “We used them as a model,” Boyce notes, “and created a custom program to meet the needs of our diverse community.”

Boyce adds: “We know that prominent companies are investing in their university engagement strategies, and SUNY campuses are primed to expand and advance their corporate partnership portfolio.” At the same time, he says, those companies “are facing decreasing internal research and development budgets and pressure to create new products, solutions and services, and SUNY is positioned to fill the need with innovative and transformative research, technology commercialization expertise, and proven success as a driver of economic development and entrepreneurial opportunity. Our goal is to present a new and energized SUNY-wide playbook for effective corporate engagement.”

A detailed article on the bootcamp appears in the October issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management. To subscribe and access the full article, and dozens more like it in the monthly issues and the publication’s online archive, CLICK HERE.

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McGill U inks research partnership focused on science of industrial-scale cannabis production


By David Schwartz
Published: November 21st, 2017

McGill University and RavenQuest BioMed Inc. have entered into a landmark research centered on three key issues facing the cannabis industry: continue reading »

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Coming Dec. 7th: Encore of Bayh-Dole compliance workshop


By David Schwartz
Published: November 21st, 2017

The compliance requirements of the Bayh-Dole Act have been a fact of life for universities for the past 37 years, and it’s easy to fall into a sense of complacency, assuming that these well-establish rules are ingrained in the fabric of the institution. But in most cases, that’s a dangerous and most likely inaccurate assumption.

In fact, that is the conclusion of NIH officials, who have expressed increasing concern that many universities are not fully honoring their obligations to report inventions, provide confirmatory licenses, and submit utilization reports. Their alarm bells went off after their internal reviews noted a significant discrepancy between the number of grants awarded versus the number of subject inventions being reported.

Staff turnover, inadequate training, poor record keeping, and simple complacency all contribute to an alarming lack of compliance, and universities are being urged by both NIH and AUTM to redouble their compliance and auditing efforts. That’s why we’ve scheduled a special encore presentation of the critical webinar workshop, Bayh-Dole Compliance Check-up: Effectively Address the Challenge of Complacency, scheduled for this December 7.

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New scouting tool wants to revolutionize open innovation


By David Schwartz
Published: November 21st, 2017

After successful beta testing, tech firm IN-PART has announced the launch of its custom scouting service for R&D professionals, called IN-PART: Discover. The company says its new service will revolutionize open innovation by providing companies with novel opportunities for collaboration that are specific to their requirements. continue reading »

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University Technology Commercialization Boot Camp a cost-effective training tool


By David Schwartz
Published: November 21st, 2017

Effective training and increased expertise among commercialization staff and faculty innovators are critical to boosting productivity in your research operations — but that for many universities the budget doesn’t typically allow for much in terms of professional development. That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division created the University Technology Commercialization Boot Camp.

This convenient and cost-effective distance learning series — 13 recorded sessions featuring 25 of the leading research commercialization experts in the country — has been crafted to provide immediately useable guidance on a comprehensive range of challenges, from encouraging disclosure and protecting your IP to funding, marketing, and licensing your portfolio of innovations.

This boot camp series allows you to stretch your professional education budget and give your staff and faculty a well-rounded understanding of their role in nurturing technologies toward the marketplace. You receive all 13 programs in three formats — DVD, on-demand video, and print transcript — with links to all handouts and Powerpoints. You can share it throughout your organization, any time and any place, all for one low price. For complete details on the programs and faculty and to order, CLICK HERE >>

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Cambridge University partners with BT, Huawei on network communications research


By David Schwartz
Published: November 21st, 2017

The University of Cambridge, Huawei and UK telecommications company BT are partnering on a networking and communications research program around photonics, digital and access networks, and media technologies. BT and Huawei will provide the equipment, R&D support, and £25M in funding over the next five years. continue reading »

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Matchmaking tool Konfer seeks to boost university-industry links in the UK


By David Schwartz
Published: November 21st, 2017

In Britain, under a new government knowledge exchange framework, research funding is becoming more and more dependent on the ability to demonstrate impact. As a result, researchers are increasingly seeking out business partners to collaborate with. continue reading »

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IBM-MIT mega-deal brings “staggering” collection of AI research resources to bear


By David Schwartz
Published: November 14th, 2017

IBM’s nearly quarter billion dollar deal — yes, billion — around artificial intelligence research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is, both parties say, best viewed as the natural next step in their deep ongoing relationship. They’re already closely linked in AI research, so the MIT location makes sense, and IBM is already seriously into AI, so the price tag is a bit less eye-popping when viewed in that context.

The headline for MIT, in fact, is that this latest sponsored research collaboration with the multinational technology giant — announced in September — could lead to any number of spinouts, start-ups and licensing opportunities on top of the sponsored research.

The Armonk NY-based tech behemoth is putting up $240 million over 10 years to build and help staff and operate the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab. The work there will carried out by upwards of 100 IBM scientists and MIT researchers and students in both the Kendall Square office complex that houses the headquarters of IBM Watson Health and IBM Security and on MIT’s nearby campus. Their mission: advance AI algorithms, software and hardware in medical data security, healthcare imaging, and technology-devised treatment plans.

According to Anantha Chandrakasan, PhD, newly named Dean of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at MIT, and the university’s lead in forging the IBM research agreement, “the new AI lab builds on a decades-long research relationship between MIT and IBM. Because we share a commitment to tackling difficult real-world problems with breakthrough innovations and a vision of developing AI technologies, we jointly established the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab over the course of the summer.”

Adds Chris Andrews, San Jose-based director of external relations at IBM Research: “IBM has long enjoyed a productive partnership with MIT, and our proven ability to solve complex technology problems together has given us the confidence to commit to a partnership of this magnitude.” He says the company is “confident that the proposals, projects and AI discoveries from the partnership will be numerous,” adding that “IBM brings in a wealth of global AI research expertise from 12 labs on five continents to this partnership with MIT.”

A detailed article on the expansive collaboration appears in the October issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management. To subscribe and access the full article, and dozens more like it in the publication’s monthly issues and online archive, CLICK HERE

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U of Maryland enters $24 million partnership to develop cardiac xenotrasplantation


By David Schwartz
Published: November 14th, 2017

The University of Maryland and United Therapeutics are looking to take a big leap in the field or organ transplantation based on research coming out of a new partnership. The $24 million deal will help the school establish a center specializing in cardiac xenotransplantation research, the such center in the U.S. continue reading »

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Managing University Patent Annuities: How to Save Money While Increasing Productivity


By David Schwartz
Published: November 14th, 2017

As worldwide annuity payments consume a greater and greater portion of the patent budget for many universities, it is imperative to be able to accurately forecast and budget for these expenses – and keep them from spiraling out of control. Equally critical is making sure your staff doesn’t spend too much time tracking and managing annuity deadlines and payments, while also ensuring timeliness and 100% accuracy given the potential for surcharges, late fees, and even loss of patent rights.

For many TTOs, their outside law firm is still the default choice for handling annuities, but a growing number of offices are opting for less expensive options, including third-party providers and in-house management systems.

To help you weigh the options and determine what’s right for your organization — and potentially save tens of thousands of dollars across your IP portfolio – Tech Transfer Central has teamed up with Gregg Banninger, Patent Coordinator in the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s Office of Technology Management, to lead this essential webinar: Managing University Patent Annuities: How to Save Money While Increasing Productivity, scheduled for November 21.

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WSU researchers cry foul over influence of industry sponsors


By David Schwartz
Published: November 14th, 2017

Thirty faculty members in Washington State University’s Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources College say administrators there are bending to the influence of industry in setting research and employment priorities, according to an article published in the Capital Press. Two researchers who spoke with the news outlet describe career obstacles after losing funding from agriculture industry groups. continue reading »

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As federal dollars get harder to come by, faculty turn to corporate research funding


By David Schwartz
Published: November 14th, 2017

As federal research dollars grow increasingly competitive, officials at George Washington University are increasingly turning to corporate sponsors to take up the slack. continue reading »

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