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Best Practices for Supporting Clinician Entrepreneurs


By David Schwartz
Published: December 11th, 2017

For most doctors and other clinician entrepreneurs, taking time from their practice and managing the ups and downs of the start-up rollercoaster is a real challenge — and one that can derail an innovation’s progress or stop a promising venture in its tracks. What many of these busy professionals desperately need is the TTO’s specialized support that equips them with critical resources, skills, experience, and leadership capacity.

Because clinicians are working tight schedules, it makes it that much harder to engage and mentor them, unearth their technologies and disclosures, and bring important potential medical advances forward. But UNeMed — the technology transfer arm of The University of Nebraska Medical Center — specializes in just that. They are in the midst of developing and ramping up an “innovation core” designed specifically for practicing clinicians.

If your university has a medical school, a nursing school, and/or affiliated health care organizations, you will not want to miss UNeMed Business Development Manager Joseph Runge, JD, MS, for this strategy-filled webinar scheduled for December 19: Best Practices for Supporting Clinician Entrepreneurs.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Coming this Thursday: Encore of Bayh-Dole compliance workshop


By David Schwartz
Published: December 5th, 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 Thursday, December 7.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research


By David Schwartz
Published: November 28th, 2017

Managing conflicts of interest (COIs) between funding sources, faculty researchers, and the start-ups they create is always a tough challenge for tech transfer, sponsored research, and compliance offices that requires much coordination and careful handling. Although tech transfer and research managers recognize that conflicts are a given during the process of transferring IP either through a license agreement, spinout, or partnership, managing and mitigating those COIs is a seemingly never ending battle — and it’s fraught with danger not only for the university, but also for its faculty.

That’s why we’re created the three-session distance learning collection Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research, to provide a solid set of guidelines and proven strategies to ensure COI issues related to commercialization activity are addressed effectively. These three programs are included in the collection:

  • Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research
  • Ensuring Compliance with Financial Conflict of Interest Regs
  • Best Practices for Managing Conflicts of Interest in Faculty Start Ups

For complete program and faculty details, or to order, CLICK HERE >>

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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.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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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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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.

For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in Forming and Managing Industry-University Partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: November 14th, 2017

The distance learning collection Best Practices in Forming and Managing Industry-University Partnerships includes these three detailed programs:

  • Best Practices for Drafting University-Industry Partnership R&D Agreements.
  • Managing Conflicts of Interest in Large-Scale Industry Partnerships.
  • The Anatomy of a Great Industry-University Partnership.

The collection includes all programs on DVD, on-demand video, and PDF transcript, as well as links to all of the original program materials including slideshows and handouts. For complete program and faculty details, CLICK HERE >>

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Encore presentation of CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals


By David Schwartz
Published: November 7th, 2017

CRISPR technology holds the promise of providing researchers and technologists with the most powerful genetic tool since the biotechnology revolution began forty years ago. However, legal disputes over patent rights have clouded the prospects for broad dissemination of the technology. In particular, the two university owners of the patents and applications for CRISPR, MIT/Harvard’s Broad Institute and the University of California-Berkeley, have been locked in a bitter interference over which group of inventors has priority.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board decided earlier this spring that there was no interference between the competing claims. But this is not a best outcome for potential licensees, leaving open the prospect that separate licenses will be needed from both patent owners. The case has not only complicated the promulgation and commercialization of CRISPR-based research, it is also raising important issues surrounding patent practice and licensing, particularly in biotech.

In June Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division featured Kevin E. Noonan, partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and Chair of the firm’s Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Practice Group, to lead this critical and timely webinar: CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals. Based on extremely high interest and customer demand, we’re offering an encore of the recorded program on Tuesday, November 14.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Pre-Accelerators: How to Improve the Care and Feeding of On-Campus Entrepreneurs


By David Schwartz
Published: October 31st, 2017

In today’s fast-paced start-up environment, universities are exploring new ways to better capture and nurture early-stage ideas and innovations from both student and faculty entrepreneurs. But most have no formal place for those with very early ideas to fashion them into viable projects.

The idea behind a pre-accelerator is to provide the platform for these potential start-up founders — who are not yet ready for the rigors of an accelerator — to mold their ideas, create a step-by-step plan for commercialization, and develop lasting relationships with peers and mentors. One such program at the Virginia Commonwealth University is breaking down barriers to engage newly minted innovators and encourage them to explore the potential of their ideas. This university-wide program has been touted as “an important part in building a healthy start-up culture in the region” by local accelerators and has generated well over $1 million in funding while adding jobs in the region.

Technology Transfer Tactics has invited Nicole M. Monk, Director of the VCU Innovation Economy at Virginia Commonwealth University, to present a case-study style session that will give you a bird’s eye view into the VCU Pre-Accelerator’s inner workings and critical success factors. Join us on November 9 for Pre-Accelerators: How to Improve the Care and Feeding of On-Campus Entrepreneurs.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Webinar this Thursday: Drafting Equity Terms of University-Based Start Ups


By David Schwartz
Published: October 24th, 2017

How you structure equity deals with faculty start-ups can have profound effects on both the new venture and the university’s ultimate stake in the fortunes of the company. The wrong moves in the initial license can scare off future investors and dampen the start-up’s prospects for long-term success, but terms that are too favorable for founders and investors can severely reduce the university’s returns when the business reaches a liquidity event.

Striking the right balance is a delicate challenge that requires a full understanding of the financial levers in the deal, and how each party will be impacted as the new venture gains value while taking on new partners — and a more complex cap table. Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with two university technology licensing experts to bring you this detailed, practical webinar: Drafting Equity Terms for University-Based Start Ups, scheduled for October 26.

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

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Drafting Equity Terms for University-Based Start Ups


By David Schwartz
Published: October 17th, 2017

How you structure equity deals with faculty start-ups can have profound effects on both the new venture and the university’s ultimate stake in the fortunes of the company. The wrong moves in the initial license can scare off future investors and dampen the start-up’s prospects for long-term success, but terms that are too favorable for founders and investors can severely reduce the university’s returns when the business reaches a liquidity event.

Striking the right balance is a delicate challenge that requires a full understanding of the financial levers in the deal, and how each party will be impacted as the new venture gains value while taking on new partners — and a more complex cap table. Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with two university technology licensing experts to bring you this detailed, practical webinar: Drafting Equity Terms for University-Based Start Ups, scheduled for October 26.

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

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Webinar this Thursday: Ensuring Cybersecurity to Protect University IP Assets


By David Schwartz
Published: October 10th, 2017

The U.S. government recently identified cybersecurity as “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” and the threats are equally severe in countries across the globe. Recently press reports in Britain showed research universities there had experienced more than 1,100 hacking episodes over a one-year period, with cyber thieves targeting IP among other pieces of valuable information.

So what can you do to safeguard your trade secrets and IP? Technology Transfer Tactics and Industry-Sponsored Research Management have teamed up with a world expert on university cybersecurity from Baker Tilly to offer this critically important webinar: Ensuring Cybersecurity to Protect University IP Assets, scheduled for October 12.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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