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AUTM Website Helps Commercialize University Technologies

February 13, 2012
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 a new resource to further augment in-person networking.

Robin RasorThis month AUTM launched the AUTM Global Technology Portal (GTP)—a website which is a “one stop shop” for companies to search university technologies available for licensing and tell universities about their needs. The GTP will make it easier for universities and corporations to find each other and begin licensing and partnership discussions. If you're not searching for anything specific, you can simply browse organizations, capabilities, or available technologies. You can also search by keyword and set up email alerts to learn about future related postings. If there is a particular university you're interested in, you can even "follow" that university and get alerts when it posts new data.

You can also use the GTP to learn more about a university's startup companies, providing a great opportunity for collaboration, investment, or an acquisition. No other database consolidates information about university startups. There is no cost to search the GTP. Should you find a technology, capability, or startup you are interested in, simply click to connect with the representative of that organization.

In addition to the information on universities, the GTP also has a "Needs" section to allow companies and government labs to tell the AUTM community about what research and technology needs they have to help find viable solutions.

In its first week the GTP already has nearly 6,500 available technologies listed. We expect even more information to be posted in the coming weeks by our 3,000+ members, representing over 150 global research institutions.

With the increased amount of networking and partnerships among our members at universities and in industry, we're confident this new resource will result in more interactions and ultimately in further commercialization of academic technology, leading to products and processes that benefit everyone.