The National Academies’ University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) and the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) are presenting a webinar series on “Building University-Industry Collaborations,” highlighting how companies work or want to work with universities to create value for both parties. Universities are playing an ever increasing role in how industry innovates. Global competition, rising R&D costs and the need to get more products to the market sooner are just a few of the factors affecting companies’ growing motivation to work with research universities. Licensing, corporate sponsored research, consulting engagements, venture capital investment, gifts, and employment are some examples of strategic relationships between industry and universities.
Tomorrow’s webinar will focus on how partnerships with Novo Nordisk can help universities and other research institutions translate early protein-based research into new innovation. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 88 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For more information, visit www.novonordisk.com.
The webinar is Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. EDT and is FREE; however, advance registration is required. To register, click here.
The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) presents “Product Development and the Innovation Process for Researchers.” This course will expose SBIR researchers and graduate students to technology commercialization best practices that are utilized to develop breakthrough innovative products. The course will focus on technology commercialization tools and metrics to effectively execute the product delivery process. Effective time to market (TTM) metrics management, TTM execution and TTM best-in-class case studies will be presented. The course is arranged into two categories: market attack planning and technology readiness/staging for commercialization.
The course consists of five 90-minute webinars beginning Thursday, March 22, 2012. Tuition for the course is $297, but is reduced to $75 for students and post-docs with verification. Registered students who achieve 60% or higher on the final will earn a Certificate of Successful Completion. To register, or for more information on the schedule, topics and instructor, click here.
It is the rare patent search that results in issued patents in which the inventors are women. Why is this?
The USPTO reports that indicate that the number of women obtaining patents has accelerated in recent years. The largest spike came in 2010, when 22,984 patents were granted to women, a 35-percent jump over the previous year.
In honor of Women’s history month, the USPTO is holding a Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium. The Symposium provides an opportunity to learn about patents, trademarks and gather tips from experienced inventors. The conference will be held March 25 – 26, 2012 in Shreveport, LA.
See http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/ for more details.