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Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research


By David Schwartz
Published: May 9th, 2017

Managing conflicts of interest between funding sources, faculty researchers, and the start-ups they create is always a tough challenge that requires much coordination between departments at the university. Although TTOs and research managers recognize that conflicts are a given during the process of transferring IP either through a license agreement, spinoff, or other arrangement, managing and mitigating those COIs is a seemingly never ending battle.

Now you can gain from the knowledge of three highly experienced COI veterans, who analyze and provide solid guidance on the blurred lines of conflicts as they relate to research, funding, and start-ups in the university setting.

For details on the Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research – available on DVD, on-demand video, or print transcript, CLICK HERE >>

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U Illinois-Chicago’s Innovation Center sparks industry partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: May 9th, 2017

The University of Illinois-Chicago’s Innovation Center is bringing in a bevy of corporate partnerships, including a new expanded collaboration with equipment giant Caterpillar Inc., based in Peoria. continue reading »

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Researchers discover novel biomarker in saliva that IDs concussion in children, predicts length of recovery


By David Schwartz
Published: May 9th, 2017

Under a sponsored research agreement from Quadrant Biosciences Inc., researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and collaborators at SUNY Upstate Medical University, have identified a novel biomarker that both identifies concussion in children, and predicts the length of recovery.  The results were presented this week at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2017 Meeting in San Francisco. The study also suggests that the new biomarker may better predict symptom duration than current standard concussion assessments. continue reading »

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Comings and Goings


By David Schwartz
Published: May 9th, 2017

Dr. Michael Warnock is joining Minnesota’s University of St. Thomas as the director of sponsored research. He’ll be leaving his position as associate director of sponsored programs at the University of California at Davis, and he will be directing the newly restructured Sponsored Research Office at St. Thomas, overseeing the school’s comprehensive support system for faculty to seek, obtain and successfully complete externally funded research projects.

Prior to his time at UC Davis, Warnock developed a new faculty research office at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. He also spent several years at University of Missouri, Columbia, serving as both director of sponsored programs administration and special assistant to the vice chancellor for research.

Source: University of St. Thomas

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Oregon State’s alternative industry contracting model offers prepaid option


By David Schwartz
Published: May 2nd, 2017

In an effort to appeal to as many potential corporate sponsors as possible, Oregon State University in Corvallis has introduced an Alternative IP Contracting Model that offers a prepaid licensing option. The OSU Standard Contracting Model includes an option to exclusively license any resulting patentable inventions, too — but not for a prepaid fee.

The school has “successfully executed many research contracts” using the new tool. “The prepaid fee under the Alternative Model pays for royalty compensation in the event that a patentable invention is conceived and the sponsor elects to exercise the option,” explains Kirt Fuller, MBA, OSU’s senior industry contracts manager. “Under the standard model, royalty compensation is negotiated upon sponsor exercise of the option.”

Adding an alternative, he says, “is intended to enable industry research sponsorships that would not happen if we did not offer the prepaid option, because a few industry sponsors will only sponsor certain OSU research projects if we offer the prepaid option.” The whole point, he notes, it to “further expand outreach to industry and increase opportunities in applied research to faculty and students.”

The new tool is designed for situations when research is likely to produce an invention or the research directly pertains to the sponsor’s core business strategy.

The fees involved in the prepaid option are laid out in writing. The sponsor pays an upfront, nonrefundable fee equivalent to 25% of the total cost — direct plus indirect. The minimum fee is $18,750, or 25% of $75,000. In addition, the sponsor reimburses OSU for “all incurred patent expenses, including patent application filing fees and out-of-pocket legal expenses.”

The school tries to be flexible, Fuller emphasizes. When it can, OSU will negotiate using the sponsor’s contract proposal instead of its own templates, and will “accept unique compliance requirements and develop process plans for them.”

A detailed article on the OSU model appears in the just-released May issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management. To subscribe and get the full article, or for more information on the discounted charter subscription offer for the publication, CLICK HERE.

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Harrington Discovery Institute partners with Takeda on rare disease treatments


By David Schwartz
Published: May 2nd, 2017

Cleveland-based Harrington Discovery Institute has signed a research partnership with Takeda Pharmaceutical focused on discovering new treatments for rare diseases. It’s the Institute’s first sponsored research deal with a major pharma company. continue reading »

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Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway


By David Schwartz
Published: May 2nd, 2017

Penn State University’s Innovation Gateway — a new online platform that helps 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, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is presenting a case-study style webinar that will provide a deep-dive into the concept, development, funding and management of the Innovation Gateway and its curated list of potential partners. Join us on May 16th for Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway.

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Partners, Brigham & Women’s pay $10M to settle research fraud probe


By David Schwartz
Published: May 2nd, 2017

Research managers can take a lesson in the importance of compliance and monitoring from the last week’s settlement by Partners Healthcare and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which agreed to pay $10 million to settle federal allegations that a group of former stem cell researchers at the hospital falsified data to secure NIH grants. continue reading »

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U Maryland snags sponsored research deal with Genisphere to study drug delivery platform


By David Schwartz
Published: May 2nd, 2017

The University of Maryland has inked a collaboration and sponsored research agreements with Genisphere LLC, provider of the 3DNA® drug delivery platform, centered around the research of Dr. Silvia Muro. The goal of the partnership is to study the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of various 3DNA designs and formulations after in vivo administration. continue reading »

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2017 edition of Survey of Sponsored Research Agreements between the Private Sector and Higher Education released


By David Schwartz
Published: May 2nd, 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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Western IRB links up with Huron join forces to help medical centers manage research programs


By David Schwartz
Published: May 2nd, 2017

Western IRB® (WIRB), the world’s largest provider of ethical research review serving 2,300 academic medical centers (AMCs) and hospitals, has entered an alliance with Huron, a consulting firm serving the health care, higher education, life sciences, and commercial sectors. The two will work together on services designed to help client institutions improve their clinical research programs aimed at developing new drugs and medical devices. continue reading »

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Qatar University to collaborate with Qatar Electricity and Water on water-related research


By David Schwartz
Published: May 2nd, 2017

Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) have signed a research memorandum of understanding (MoU) establishing a collaboration in the field of water treatment and related technologies. continue reading »

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