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Penn State workshop helps spark connections between engineering faculty and industry


By David Schwartz
Published: June 13th, 2017

Creating deep and sustainable partnerships with industry is a critical component of the Penn State College of Engineering strategic plan, and a new outreach effort is helping to meet the college’s goals. Late last month the college held its inaugural industry engagement workshop, branded as the “industryXchange.” Attendees included 19 representatives from 16 companies, 90 engineering faculty members, and 10 top university leaders. continue reading »

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Now on DVD and on-demand: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway


By David Schwartz
Published: June 13th, 2017

Penn State University’s Innovation Gateway — a new online platform that help researchers and industry research sponsors find each other — is being hailed as a major advance by faculty, corporate partners, and university administrators. The new platform provides a standardized way for faculty to present research approaches and possible solutions to industry challenges — and it gives industry a way to pose those challenges to university labs.

By capturing researcher interests and expertise, Innovation Gateway matches the researcher with relevant industry opportunities. At PSU, corporate partners who use the gateway gain access to over 5,000 researcher ideas that span 24 campuses.

To help you learn from PSU’s experience, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division last month presented a case-study style webinar that provided a deep-dive into the concept, development, funding and management of the Innovation Gateway and its curated list of potential partners. The program, Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway, is now available on DVD or on-demand video.

For details and to order, CLICK HERE.

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Chinese start-up that builds AI humanoid robots opens research center at U of Sydney


By David Schwartz
Published: June 13th, 2017

The University of Sydney and Chinese humanoid robot firm Ubtech have launched a new research center. The Ubtech Sydney Artificial Intelligence Centre, founded by the university’s engineering and information technology faculty, will open later this year to bring researchers from different academic fields together to collaborate on AI projects.

“We’re working towards a future where humanoid robots walk out of our research centre and into ordinary people’s households,” said Professor Dacheng Tao, who will lead the centre.

According to Tao, Ubtech was the first company in China to commercialize humanoids for everyday use, and the center would leverage the company’s technology to develop new AI algorithms for the robots.

“There are a number of research groups in Australia focusing on either AI or humanoid robotics, but our unique advantage is the marriage between these two fields.”  The partnership will bring the university $7.5 million in research funding.

Ubtech is gaining traction and funding quickly. It was founded by current chief executive James Zhou in 2012 and last year raised $US100 million series B funding.

Humanoid robots that emulate what we currently consider uniquely human qualities are on the horizon, according to Tao. “As humans, our perceptions of our environments allow us to understand events, make logical deductions and learn how to behave in certain situations. We expect that one day in the not-too-distant future machines will be able to do these same things, just like us — or possibly even better,” he said.

Source: Business Insider

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New publication Industry-Sponsored Research Management helps universities offset cuts to federal funding by building corporate partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: June 7th, 2017

As the likelihood of deep cuts to federal funding from NIH and other key agencies continues to rise, forward-looking research universities aren’t simply wringing their hands and waiting for the axe to fall.

A growing number of schools have been working diligently to increase their research funding from industry partnerships, and that effort has taken on new urgency given the news out of Washington.

That’s where Industry-Sponsored Research Management comes in.  Launched in March by Atlanta-based 2Market Information Inc., it’s the first and only publication devoted to helping universities build and manage their portfolios of corporate-sponsored research agreements.

Each monthly issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management contains high-level strategies and best practices designed to help research managers bring in more industry research contracts, negotiate deals effectively, build lasting relationships with corporate sponsors, protect valuable intellectual property, and ensure airtight compliance practices.

The just-released June issue of this practical publication offers a good illustration, featuring these articles filled with expert guidance:

  • Turn ‘sponsors’ into ‘affiliates’ to establish deeper industry ties 
  • Faculty start-ups can make good research sponsors with proper COI safeguards
  • Pitt’s leased lab space caps two-year effort to mitigate effects of IRS rules
  • NJIT assembles custom teams to address industry’s specific problems
  • Multi-school Facebook master agreement illustrates opportunities and challenges
  • VA Tech business engagement center reflects culture shift toward industry sponsors

“Expanding research partnerships with industry has become a critical imperative for universities facing already-tight budgets and the prospect of further cuts in the coming years,” says David Schwartz, 2Market Information’s CEO and publisher. “The unique, how-to information we’re providing in Industry-Sponsored Research Management fills a critical void, addressing what in many cases is unfamiliar ground filled with new and complex challenges.”

CLICK HERE for complete details on Industry-Sponsored Research Management

The company is offering a free sample issue – to request it and get more details, CLICK HERE or call 239-263-0605. For a limited time, the new publication is offering a charter subscription rate of just $297 (a $100 discount), plus a free three-program distance learning collection, Best Practices in Forming and Managing Industry-University Partnerships.

Atlanta-based 2Market Information Inc., publisher of Technology Transfer Tactics, is the world’s leader in providing practical guidance and professional development for technology transfer and research commercialization professionals. To learn more about its products and services, go to www.techtransfercentral.com.   

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Pitt partners with Philips to help turn more patents into products


By David Schwartz
Published: June 6th, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh is partnering with Dutch electronics company Philips in an effort to get more of its patented technology to the marketplace. Through the partnership, the two  organizations will jointly identify which of the approximately 300 invention disclosures made by Pitt faculty and students each year could fit into Philips’ product line, reported Evan Facher, senior director of innovation commercialization at Pitt’s Innovation Institute.

Philips also will target basic problems in health care that Pitt researchers could address offer funding to support the most promising proposals.

If it succeeds, Facher said, the partnership could be replicated with other companies to help get more research commercialized while bringing in more research funding. “Unless it’s out there in the hands of a for-profit company that can take it to market and make it a real product, it’s not going to impact people’s lives,” he commented.

The partnership will initially focus on home health care products, but could expand to other areas based on the results of the early efforts. The deal also includes an internship component.

Philips has expanded its healthcare-focused business, including its 2008 acquisition of sleep and respiratory company Respironics for $4.9 billion. It employs more than 1,700 people in Western Pennsylvania. It also acquired a Pitt spinout, Stentor Inc., which manages radiology images, in 2005.

“Having an organization of that magnitude doing life sciences work that is overlapping with what we’re doing is one of the biggest things that has expedited our work,” Facher said.

Source: Trib Live

DON’T MISS ANOTHER ISSUE OF INDUSTRY-SPONSORED RESEARCH MANAGEMENT

Today we’re releasing the June issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management and it’s filled with strategies and expert guidance to attract more corporate partnerships and manage them effectively.

You can still receive all three issues published to date, get a $100 discount (only $297 for a full year), plus receive the distance learning collection Best Practices in Sponsored Research Management FREE! CLICK HERE for complete details.

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Monash U links with Janssen Biotech in rheumatoid arthritis research


By David Schwartz
Published: June 6th, 2017

A team of scientists at Australia’s Monash University will work Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Biotech on research into treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). continue reading »

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Fostering University-Industry Alliances: Exploring the TTO’s Expanding Role


By David Schwartz
Published: June 6th, 2017

As more and more universities recognize the valuable linkages between the “old” role played by tech transfer offices and the industry partners that have become vital sources of research funding, the TTO’s role is expanding. Tech transfer execs that have embraced this broader vision are finding it offers both opportunities for professional growth as well as a huge trove of opportunities for the university research enterprise — funding opportunities, research partnerships, and regional business relationships.

But to meet the demands of these new opportunities, TTOs must be ready, willing and able to seek out and manage them. That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled this crucial 90-minute webinar, scheduled for June 21: Fostering University-Industry Alliances: Exploring the TTO’s Expanding Role.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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India looks to industry funding as research budgets face deep cuts


By David Schwartz
Published: June 6th, 2017

India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is facing a serious funding crunch, nbot unlike the cuts proposed in the U.S., and it appears that industry funding will be a focus of efforts to overcome the shortfall. continue reading »

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UW-Madison signs sponsored research agreement with Revive Therapeutics to evaluate cannabinoid drug delivery tech


By David Schwartz
Published: June 6th, 2017

In a newly announced sponsored research agreement with Revive Therapeutics, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will evaluate a novel drug delivery technology focused on cannabinoids as  potential treatment for a variety of diseases. continue reading »

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New edition of Survey of Sponsored Research Agreements released


By David Schwartz
Published: June 6th, 2017

The new 2017 edition of the Survey of Sponsored Research Agreements between the Private Sector and Higher Education is now available and includes 150 pages of key data and trends based on extensive survey results from major research universities and their agreements with private sector entities.

This one-of-a-kind resource provides a rich set of benchmarks and data to compare against your own sponsored research activity. It’s jam-packed with over 180 easy-to-scan charts and figures displaying critical data you can’t find in any other publication. The just-released report provides an in-depth look into key data so you can compare your practices and see how you stack up against other organizations — and use the data to point you to areas for improvement.

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Sloan Kettering and MabVax ink research deal around novel CAR T-cell immunotherapies


By David Schwartz
Published: June 6th, 2017

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and MabVax Therapeutics Holdings have entered into a sponsored research agreement to develop of novel Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapeutics using antibody targeting sequences derived from MabVax’s fully-human antibodies for pancreatic, small cell lung, and other solid tumor cancers.  CAR T-cell therapeutics are unique anti-cancer immunotherapies that genetically modify a patient’s own T-cells to recognize an antigen on targeted tumor cells, according to MabVax, a clinical stage oncology therapeutics company. continue reading »

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Baxter, Mayo Clinic launch R&D collaboration


By David Schwartz
Published: June 6th, 2017

Medical products company Baxter International and Mayo Clinic have entered a new research and development collaboration to advance innovations addressing high unmet patient needs. continue reading »

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