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Webinar tomorrow: Ensuring Cybersecurity to Protect University IP Assets


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 11th, 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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DNA vaccine against Zika yields immune response in phase 1 trial


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 11th, 2017

On the heels of Wistar Institute’s announcement last fall that it achieved a 100% success rate in animal trials of a synthetic DNA vaccine against the Zika virus, now comes word that the vaccine has produced excellent results in a phase 1 trial in people who received up to three injections of the compound. continue reading »

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Argentinian university licenses lithium extraction method to Latin Resources


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 11th, 2017

Latin Resources Limited, a mineral exploration company based in Argentina, has licensed a technology from the University of Cuyo (UnCuyo) that involves an alternative method for extracting lithium carbonate. continue reading »

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Save thousands of dollars in staff training costs with the Tech Transfer Central’s All Access Pass


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 11th, 2017

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  • All live distance learning programs and more than 300 recorded webinars;
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With this incredibly valuable collection of resources at your fingertips to use whenever you need it, you’ll save thousands of dollars in staff training costs while dramatically expanding professional development opportunities for your entire office – and your faculty.

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Real Ventures partners with Canada’s first student-run start-up fund


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 11th, 2017

Leading Canadian seed stage fund Real Ventures is partnering with Front Row Ventures, Canada’s first student-led venture capital fund, to support university-based entrepreneurship. continue reading »

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U of Leeds spinout develops self-disinfecting material for hospital doors


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 11th, 2017

A spinout from the University of Leeds is commercializing what it sees as a potential breakthrough in the fight against deadly hospital-acquired infections — a textile that can disinfect itself. continue reading »

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Cambridge Enterprise teams with Cambridge Social Ventures to fund start-ups making positive social impact


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 11th, 2017

Cambridge Enterprise, the tech transfer arm of Cambridge University, is launching a new early stage fund with Cambridge Social Ventures, an arm of the university’s business school that supports start-ups with social and environmental missions. continue reading »

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Comings and Goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 11th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has selected tech transfer expert Suresh Sunderrajan to lead its Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach Directorate (STPO). STPO works with the lab’s research directorates, centers, institutes and initiatives to spur innovation through collaboration and outreach efforts aimed at research universities and other institutions. In his new role, Sunderrajan will oversee efforts related to business development, licensing, sponsored research, government relations, outreach and innovation.

Sunderrajan is Argonne’s current director of technology development and commercialization. He previously served as director of innovation business development at United Technologies Corporation, where he was responsible for technology licensing, patent sales and start-up opportunities.

 “As [Argronne] seeks to increase its strategic partnerships with industrial, academic and other partners, I am confident that Suresh’s visionary and experienced leadership will help Argonne increase its impact and competitiveness,” says Paul Kearns, the lab’s interim director.

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Indiana U refocuses tech transfer on industry engagement, splits off start-ups


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 4th, 2017

Indiana University is restructuring its tech transfer operations, moving most of its traditional industry-facing work out of the non-profit Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. and back under direct university control, while splitting off start-ups as the sole purview of IURTC.

One major reason for the move was to consolidate the various teams engaging with industry into one office at IU, allowing them to speak with one voice and interact with industry partners more holistically. It also lessens the likelihood of problems when start-ups IU owns an interest in mix it up with technologies patented by IU faculty.

 “Our industrial partners were a factor,” says Tony Armstrong, IURTC’s CEO and president as well as associate vice president in the Office of the Vice President for Engagement. “A big part of the idea behind the restructuring was being a better partner with corporations. We’re really trying to do a better job of getting connected at a higher level, a more strategic level with our corporate partners — and we’re building that into the restructuring as well.”

In fact, he and a small group of colleagues are putting together a corporate relations council – an informal group for now — to keep the lines of communication open between corporate partners and the leaders from the formerly separate offices that managed each piece of the Hoosiers’ commercialization pie.

The idea is to bring together those representing all the different departments that are consolidating under the restructuring, to craft “strategic ways to engage with companies in the state, the nation and the world,” Armstrong says, “to figure out what their needs are and to help the university partner with them on research.”

IURTC, not formally part of the council, can now devote all its attention to start-ups. “Part of what’s happening is IURTC was very successful at technology transfer, but it takes a lot of time and energy,” says Fred H. Cate, IU’s Vice President for Research.  If IURTC handles tech transfer, too, he explains, it has less bandwidth for entrepreneurial activity surrounding start-ups.

“Taking tech transfer away leaves a laser-like focus on the entrepreneurial side of things,” he adds. And a focus that sharp on start-ups is “well done in a separate legal entity,” helping to avoid conflict of interest issues if a faculty inventor patents a technology and a start-up licenses it to a company the school has an investment in. “If one entity is doing all of that, you’re a little bit on both sides of the deal,” he explains. “Keeping entrepreneurs outside the university makes it clearer that the university and researcher stand side by side. An external entity can now be dealt with more transparently.”

A detailed article on the IU restructuring appears in the September issue of Technology Transfer Tactics. To subscribe and access the full article, along with hundreds of case studies and success strategies in the publication’s online archive, CLICK HERE.

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Virginia Tech professor accused of fraud in obtaining SBIR/STTR funding for start-up


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 4th, 2017

A Virginia Tech professor has been accused by federal authorities of conspiracy to commit or defraud the United States in an effort to secure research funding for his start-up. continue reading »

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Ensuring Cybersecurity to Protect University IP Assets


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 4th, 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.

With the growing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks, a new level of effort and expertise is required to protect sensitive and confidential information related to your university’s IP assets. 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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U of Minnesota researchers earn patent for cyanide antidote


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 4th, 2017

Researchers at the University of Minnesota (U of M) have obtained a patent for a new antidote to address mass-casualty cyanide attacks. continue reading »

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