Monday

Monday
11:45 am
12:00 pm
Summary: Leef Smith Barnes, AUTM Chief Marketing Officer, walks you through the day’s can’t-miss highlights. Joining her will be Jon Jensen, of AUTM’s Annual Meeting Planning Committee, who will share tips for getting the most out of your conference experience; And AUTM Immediate Past Chair Rich Chylla, who will share details on this year’s Better World Project Award finalists.
Monday
12:15 pm
1:00 pm
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Summary: AUTM Chair Marc Sedam will talk about 2020 and present several high-profile awards. AUTM CEO Steve Susalka will speak on the Association’s response to COVID.
Monday
1:15 pm
2:00 pm
Summary: Think about the problems our children will face all screaming for solutions not only based on technology, but also from leadership and social science innovations. In this session, we will bring together leaders around the world who have started to take action, to share their vision, strategy, and best practices on commercialization and creating impact from innovations in social sciences.
Monday
1:15 pm
2:00 pm
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Summary: Join this session to obtain insights into the National Council of Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI) and to learn about collaborative programs and initiatives addressing the need for diversity across the innovation ecosphere.
Monday
1:15 pm
2:00 pm
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Summary: In this session, we will explore the relationship dynamics between the TTO and researchers when translational research acceleration and collaboration programs are established, provide advice gained from engagement at their universities, while highlighting pathways that worked best between researchers and their offices to drive commercial partnerships.
Monday
3:15 pm
4:15 pm
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Summary: Daren Tang, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), joins AUTM CEO Steve Susalka in a Studio Interview. Director Tang began his six-year mandate as Director General in October.
Tuesday
10:45 am
11:00 am
Summary: Leef Smith Barnes, AUTM Chief Marketing Officer, helps you navigate day two of our virtual conference highlights. Joining her will be Tim Boyle, Chair of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals, to discuss why now is the perfect time to apply for RTTP certification; And AUTM Board Member Tari Suprapto who will share details of today’s Connect and Collaborate session — your chance to discover what companies are looking for and improve your chances of dealmaking success.
Tuesday
11:15 am
12:00 pm
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Summary: Tech transfer has “new normals” that all AUTM professionals and leadership are adapting to and still planning for. From the perspective of leaders of tech transfer offices, angel investment networks, and industry, this session will explore those things which are “smoke and mirrors” and which are “paradigm shift”.
Tuesday
11:15 am
12:00 pm
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Summary: Reported decisions from court cases expose, for all to see, mistakes commonly made when drafting and negotiating patent license agreements. Court decisions also reveal a failure to recognize that different terms have different legal meaning, e.g. assignment vs. change of control. We will explore these issues and others.
Tuesday
11:15 am
12:00 pm
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Summary: This session aims to understand new ways to overcome the challenges of protecting biodiversity and create a sustainable, commercially viable model to protect and screen molecular diversity for biomedical research that benefits all humanity. Join our discussion that answers the question: How do we promote biodiversity for survival via biomedicine?
Tuesday
12:15 pm
1:00 pm
Summary: This session is provided by a paid sponsorship of Cayuse Inventions. In this session you’ll get a chance to hear how Duke University is minimizing non-compliance, improving funding potential, accelerating commercialization, all while improving the experience for all involved in tech transfer. Join Cayuse CEO, Matt McLellan, along with Duke’s Office of Licensing and Ventures Executive Director, Robin Rasor, as they share about the impact of Cayuse’s newest app – Cayuse Inventions.
Wednesday
10:45 am
11:00 am
Summary: Leef Smith Barnes, AUTM Chief Marketing Officer, takes a look at day three of our virtual conference. Leef talks with Megan Aanstoos, Chair of AUTM’s Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee, on the suite of conference programming centered on EDI; And Glen Gardner, President of Vortechs Group, a TT recruitment firm, to offer tips on getting the job you want in tech transfer.
Wednesday
12:30 pm
1:15 pm
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Summary: In this session, we will discuss for-profit and not-for-profit business models for utilizing predictive outcomes and metadata generated from the research data. Data per se cannot be protected through intellectual property, but healthcare outcomes using data can be protected and used successfully in a business model. We will also cover strategies for protecting artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics protection.
Wednesday
2:00 pm
2:45 pm
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Summary: Join us for a discussion of lessons learned for managing tech transfer office (TTO) data, including the audit of both historic and current, transitioning to new systems, connecting with other institutions, and planning for the current and future needs and goals of a TTO along with an ever-expanding net of TTO stakeholders.
Wednesday
2:00 pm
2:45 pm
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Summary: Concerns about foreign interference, research security threats and economic espionage at US universities are growing, especially the theft of intellectual property. In this session, we will explore these issues and tensions, with a particular focus on the impact of security and foreign threats on technology transfer within the US.
Wednesday
2:00 pm
2:45 pm
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Summary: Tech managers are often faced with challenges in the form of decisions such as: whether to pursue copyright or patents; whether to release software as open source (copyleft) or copyright; considerations for data ownership, data sharing, data protection and compliance; and most importantly which avenues to pursue for commercialization. In this session, we will provide tools and approaches for tech managers to tackle such challenges, and introduce best practices to manage and commercialize software inventions.
Wednesday
3:00 pm
3:45 pm
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Summary: The discussion will also explore trending areas in which synthetic biology is changing industry, adding commercial value and attracting venture capital funding. Strategies for managing IP and licensing these assets will also be discussed. Join the roundtable to hear more about these topics and share your thoughts.
Wednesday
3:00 pm
3:45 pm
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Summary: This session will explore approaches to support potentially groundbreaking opportunities that are too early for many, for which traditional patent and licensing strategies may not work, and where an opportunity will likely die without the life support that a committed, imaginative and capable knowledge exchange/technology transfer team can offer.
Wednesday
3:00 pm
3:45 pm
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Summary: This session is provided by a paid sponsorship of Burford Capital. Fifteen universities have created the University Technology Licensing Program (UTLP) (www.utlp.net), a platform for licensing complementary intellectual property across the multiple universities. Unlike traditional patent pools, UTLP is not limited to a particular standard-essential technology, or even one particular area of technology. UTLP aims to overcome the challenges of licensing non-standardized technologies by providing an efficient yet flexible “one-stop-shop” for potential licensees. Join our panel to meet UTLP’s leadership and hear more about this groundbreaking program.
Wednesday
4:15 pm
5:00 pm
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Summary: In this talk, inclusive leadership TEDx speaker, Julie Kratz will share stories, ideas, and research from her book, Lead Like an Ally: A Journey Through Corporate America with Strategies to Facilitate Inclusion, with proven strategies for diversity and inclusion.
Wednesday
4:15 pm
5:00 pm
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Summary: Make sure that the understanding of PCT practice in your organization remains up to date, learn PCT best practices from a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) expert, and hear how the PCT plans to develop in the future.
Wednesday
4:15 pm
5:00 pm
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Summary: In this session, well discuss how start-ups in these other regions can grow and develop the university technologies they’ve licensed. Well share unique programs and methods that help start-ups attract investment and other forms of capital. As universities launch more start-ups, technology transfer offices in various regions need to develop ways to help these growing numbers of start-ups gain access to investment.
Wednesday
4:15 pm
5:00 pm
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Summary: In this session, we’ll cover the state of pharmaceutical patent protection in China (including pending patent law amendments) and discuss what we know about the Institute’s application, Gilead’s pending Chinese application and its related patent family and the patent examination race within China’s patent office.
Thursday
10:45 am
11:15 am
Summary: Leef Smith Barnes, AUTM’s Chief Marketing Officer, helps you navigate the final day of our virtual conference. Included are interviews with John Miner, incoming Chair of AUTM’s Metrics and Surveys portfolio, who shares the importance of contributing your data to the survey, Alisa Band, Chair of AUTM’s Industry Advisory Group, to talk about today’s Partnering Forums — an opportunity for academic TT professionals and industry to connect on business development and investment, and Omar Zhar, Chair of AUTM’s Membership Development Committee, to chat about Association Membership.
Thursday
11:30 am
12:45 pm
Summary: In this session, we’ll discuss the ways to create win-win outcomes when VCs and TTOs work together to launch world-changing startups. We’ll provide an overview of the key issues in university startup term sheets, best practices for structuring equity, royalties, and milestones, common points of friction around sublicensing, know-how royalties and diligence, and other recommendations. You don’t want to miss it.
Thursday
2:15 pm
3:00 pm
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Summary: This session will feature case studies showing how automation with the AUTM MTA Toolkit and other standard templates eases the burden on technology transfer offices and promotes the sharing of research materials.
Thursday
2:15 pm
3:00 pm
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Summary: In this session, we will review findings from the EU-funded PROGRESS-TT study (Public Research Organizations GRowing Europe through best practice SolutionS for Technology Transfer), present potential intervention opportunities for performance success, and hear practical tips for growing TT capacity.
Thursday
2:15 pm
3:00 pm
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Summary: In this session, we will discuss approaches for technology transfer professionals in industry and academia for promoting greater numbers of disclosures and patent activity among women faculty/employees, a shift that has been reported to result in an increase in successful, profitable female-led businesses, as well as more diverse successful businesses across the country.
Thursday
3:15 pm
3:45 pm
Summary: Join us in closing out the 2021 Annual Meeting. We’ll conduct AUTM’s brief business meeting and hear from incoming AUTM Chair, Laura Savatski, who will share her vision for AUTM in the coming year.