What we learned at #AUTM2014

Each year, thousands of technology transfer officers convene with professionals from a variety of industries to discuss new technologies, trends in commercialization, best practices, and lessons learned at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) annual conference.

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Heart Month: Featured technology uses ultrasound method to assess right ventricular function

Fifty years ago, the month of February was declared National Heart Month by then-president Lyndon B. Johnson. As recently shared in VUMC’s Reporter, the progress made in diagnosing and treating heart disease is remarkable.

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Four Vanderbilt technologies earn patent protection in January

Four Vanderbilt technologies earned patent protection in January. These include:

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2014 Tech Venture Challenge kicks off with five strong technology pitches

Tuesday, Feb. 4, roughly 50 Vanderbilt University graduate and professional students - from the engineering, medical, law and business schools - convened at the Owen Graduate School of Management to hear pitches for five new Vanderbilt inventions that will be the focus of the 2014 Tech Venture Challenge. At the kickoff event, students listened to descriptions of the five Vanderbilt technologies:

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Targeting cancer: Vanderbilt inventions aid in the fight against cancer

“Despite exciting advances, this Report shows that cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem,” said Dr. Christopher Wild, Director of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and co-editor of the World Cancer Report 2014, in a news release issued by the World Health Organization. “More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally.”

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MyVU: Nine faculty honored with endowed chairs

As posted recently in MyVU News, nine Vanderbilt University faculty members, two of whom are active inventors, were honored for their academic achievements, including their recent naming to endowed chairs.  Congratulations to the following: 

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Nashville venture capital investments grow in 2013

"Nashville venture capital investments surge 28% in 2013" read the headline of a Nashville Business Journal article late last week. According to The MoneyTree Report, venture capitalists invested $93.4 milion in 42 deals, $14.5 million more than the preceding year.

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Vanderbilt infant health technologies now available

Vanderbilt University researchers, and students, have developed a number of technologies that provide needed care or services for our youngest population.

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VU inventor named to 'Forbes' 30 Under 30 list

Congratulations are in order for Vanderbilt University inventor Ryan Farris.

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Apply Now! Novo Nordisk Science Forum, Vanderbilt researchers invited

Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes innovation, recently announced a new opportunity for research funding and industry partnership. The  Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum Program is now accepting applications from researchers at a limited to a number of leading U.S.

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Four Vanderbilt inventions earn patent protection in December 2013

Four Vanderbilt technologies earned patent protection from the USPTO in December, bringing the total number of patents assigned to Vanderbilt to 23 for the first half of FY14.

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Year in Review: 2013's top stories from Vanderbilt tech transfer

The year 2013 has been an eventful one for CTTC. From an Entrepreneur Boot Camp to an SBIR/STTR workshop, participation in the NSF Innovation Corps program to agreements with new industry partners, we had a lot to blog about. Here’s a look back at the 13 most read posts from 2013:  

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Webinar on FDA Guidelines for Mobile Medical Apps

Michael Best presents 2014 Live Sciences and Chemical Webinar Series

Michael Best and Freidrich, LLP, will host a free webinar to discuss new FDA guidelines and their scope of enforcement discretion on medical software applications designed for mobile devices.

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Three Vanderbilt technologies receive patent protection in November

Three Vanderbilt technologies received US patent protection in the month of November. One invention includes a compound that targets positive allosteric modulation of the mGlu5 receptor for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. It was developed at Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery which is led by Vanderbilt neuroscientist P.

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Success! Vanderbilt startup InvisionHeart hits milestone

InvisionHeart, a young Vanderbilt startup, has secured funding and, this week, signed a license agreement with Vanderbilt University regarding the technology that underlies the company’s business.  That is what we like to call a great success!

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Dec. 9 - 13 Events: Entrepreneurship for Physicians, Risk Reduction Discussion, & Symposium for Surgery and Engineering

The week of Dec. 9 - 13 will be a busy one for Vanderbilt innovators and entrepreneurs with talks on entrepreneurial opportunities for physicians, risk reduction in life sciences companies, and a symposium on surgery and engineering. 

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ViSE grant builds prototypes, encourages innovation

What if there was a program that connected surgeons, physicians, nursing staff, and other medical care providers with a team of the nation’s top engineers? What if that program enabled the transfer of innovative ideas to working prototypes – financially and developmentally?

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VIDEO: Seminar examines FDA guidelines for medical software, apps, devices

Seth Mailhot, J.D., of Michael Best and Friedrich, LLP, visited Vanderbilt University earlier this week and shared understanding of the newly released FDA guidelines on medical software, apps, and devices. The seminar was well-attended and quite engaging, with dozens of engineers, medical researchers, students, and other staff bringing great questions to the conversation.

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Vanderbilt research efforts focus on the problem of premature birth

November 17 is designated World Prematurity Day, and is intended to bring light to a stubborn global problem.  Premature birth is the leading cause of neonatal death worldwide, with an estimated 15 million babies born premature.

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CTTC Seminar: FDA Guidance on Medical Software, Apps and Devices

Tuesday, Nov. 19, CTTC will host a special seminar, "When Does a Medical Software/APP Become a Medical Device: Practical Considerations and FDA Guidance”. Leading the seminar will be Seth Mailhot, J.D., attorney at Michael Best and Friedrich, LLP. 

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New Venture News: InvisionHeart presents at Global South Summit

They may not have walked away with the million dollar award, but the founders of InvisionHeart gained irreplaceable knowledge and experience from the 2013 Global Food and Health Innovation Challenge. CEO and co-founder Josh Nickols, Ph.D., took the stage to tell a panel of judges why they should invest the innovation award in his company's wireless EKG system.

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Three patents issued in October

The month of October ended with three Vanderbilt technologies earning patent protection from the USPTO. The most recent patent awarded was for a compound that may help treat major depressive disorder and other neurological disorders. It was developed at the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery by VCNDD Director P.

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New Venture News: InvisionHeart named a finalist in Global Food and Health Innovation Challenge

Less than a year into its existence, InvisionHeart, LLC is making a name for itself in the entrepreneurial and health care community.

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