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companies, faculty and administrators need to learn how to avoid the pitfalls.

Monday, October 15, 9:45 – 11:15 am

M5“Gaining Efficiencies in Technology Transfer (Professor, This One’s for You!)”

Terri Parker, Texas A&M University System

David Riddle, Texas A&M University System

Imagine a university that allows faculty researchers to hold equity in their own company, collect royalties on university licenses issued to their companies resulting from their university discoveries, and subcontract R&D activities from their company back to their university labs.  Plus, those commercialization efforts are a recognized output of faculty scholarship in the tenure process!  Updating tenure policies related to technology commercialization is the latest in a series of steps taken recently by the Texas A&M Systems to place a higher priority on industry-university partnerships and to support and encourage faculty members whose research endeavors result in new discoveries, including patentable inventions and technology suitable for commercialization.

Monday, October 15, 9:45 – 11:15 am

M12“The SBIR/STTR Programs” – The Best (no-strings attached) Early-stage Fund in Town

JoAnne Goodnight, NIH SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator, National Institutes of Health

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide more than $2 billion each year to small businesses and partnering research institutions to assist entrepreneurs in taking their ideas from laboratory to market. The SBIR and STTR programs fund projects at the earliest stages of development and assist firms who have not yet attracted funding through venture capital or other alternative financing to succeed in commercialization. This session will provide an overview of the SBIR/STTR programs, the nuances of the NIH SBIR/STTR program, and ways industry and academia can develop mutually beneficial partnerships to commercialize their technology innovations. This is a highly opportune time to consider funding through the SBIR/ STTR programs, particularly at a time when universities are creating a more robust climate for the commercialization of university intellectual property innovation and entrepreneurship.

Monday, October 15, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

M21“Innovation and Translational Research Guides University Research”

Paula Means, Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Roberta Nixon, Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

Jacqueline Mullen Hunt, Universidad del Turabo

Molly Hardigree Cancel, Universidad Metropolitana

What is translational research?  Why is it discussed so frequently?  Learn what universities, both U.S. and international, are doing to create cross-disciplinary partnerships for new programs.  Hear how universities are fostering new research ideas into innovations and products.  Find out what foundations and agencies are involved in translational research.  Discover what agencies are funding this new research area and learn about opportunities for your institution to become involved.

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