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AUTM Website Helps Commercialize University Technologies

Robin Rasor

By Robin L. Rasor, CLP, RTTP, AUTM President As president of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), I’m in a unique position of hearing from university technology managers who want more opportunity to interact with industry, and industry members who want to identify the latest breakthrough innovations. Industry investors and their academic licensing counterparts already come together for dealmaking at the AUTM Annual Meeting and at the BIO International Convention, but now we have Read More >

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Patent Awards for Humanitarian Ventures

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The USPTO recently announced the Patents for Humanity Challenge which awards patent owners and licensees for innovations that address humanitarian needs.  Judges will chose winners from four categories: Medical technology – includes medicines, vaccines, diagnostic equipment, or assistive devices. Food and nutrition – includes agricultural technology like drought-resistant crops, more nutritious crop strains, farming equipment, and technologies that improve food storage, preservation, or preparation. Clean technology – includes technologies that improve public health by removing Read More >

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Fireside Chat with Moncef Slaoui, GlaxoSmithKline

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Moncel Slaoui, chairman of research and development (R&D) at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), opened the 2012 BIO CEO & Investor Conference with a Fireside Chat where he provided insight in to his company’s biopharma R&D strategy. “GSK has announced that our R&D budget is no more a percentage of sales. If you think about it, it doesn’t make sense,” Slaoui stated, “because, sales are a marker of R&D 10 and 15 years ago.” Right now, GSK has Read More >

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Petroleum Refiners Express Contempt for RFS

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At the National Biodiesel Conference earlier this week, AFPM President Charles Drevna called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) an “anachronism” and claimed that “it’s not working as intended.” Should he be believed? Congress established the RFS with steadily increasing volume mandates for cellulosic biofuels in order to open the petroleum-dominated market to alternatives and spur growth in the industry. Despite the resistance to innovation from the petroleum refiners, that purpose in not an anachronism. Moreover, Read More >

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BIO Helps You Continuously Connect

Rob Wright

By Rob Wright, Life Science Leader As I perused a bunch of the show agendas I will be attending over the next several months, it occurred to me how helpful these shows are for helping connect me with people who make for interesting editorial. Depending upon the size of the show, this can be very easy or sometimes difficult. Last year’s BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) International Conference was held in in Washington D.C., and it Read More >

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