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Technology Transfer Tactics, August 2021

Technology Transfer Tactics, August 2021The following is a list of the articles that appear in the August 2021 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 15, No. 8, August 2021

  • Fraud allegations after biotech start-up’s IPO put university in a tough spot. The allegations of research fraud by the chief executive of Athira Pharma, a Washington State University biotech spinout developing treatments for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, are raising questions about how a university can protect itself when a company using its licensed IP faces class action lawsuits and a potential investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
  • U-M finds ‘work-around’ to restrictions on licensees’ use of university brand. Any TTO would be pleased to know that a licensee wants to “brag” about their relationship with the university — but like many things in life, it’s just not that simple.
  • Student consulting club supports Emory’s biotech start-up efforts. While it’s in the DNA of TTOs to help faculty and students get start-ups off the ground through a variety of programs and education, a new extracurricular student club at Emory University in Atlanta that also supports these efforts is a horse of a different color. The Emory Biotech Consulting Club (EBCC) is essentially students helping students and faculty get their start-ups off the ground.
  • U Oregon program seeks to address key challenges faced by women innovators. Gender-specific barriers to success in innovation are being addressed at the University of Oregon through the Women’s Innovation Network, a nine-month program launching in October that’s open to UO faculty members, staff, and students as well as members of the community.
  • UChicago innovation fund adds new matching requirement. Innovation funds investing in university start-ups come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all share a common goal: find the new ventures with the most promise, and hope that at least a few of them make a big exit and solid returns. But how can you increase those odds? In the case of the George Schultz Innovation Fund, it recently began requiring that start-ups get matching funding from accredited institutional investors, betting that confidence among the professionals signals a realistic chance at success and can bring an extra measure of expertise.
  • U Kentucky continues strengthening innovation culture as it builds on success. Suppose your university research grew by 28% over two years, and during that same period, your commercialization and entrepreneurship activity reached record levels. Would you adopt an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ posture?

Posted August 12th, 2021