Highlights & Networking Events

 

The AUTM Annual Meeting features our powerful online partnering and networking tool, AUTM ConnectTM. AUTM ConnectTM enables attendees to create detailed organizational and personal profiles, search effortlessly for other attendees, send and receive messages, easily search for licensing and collaboration opportunities and intelligently schedule one-on-one meetings.
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First-time Attendee Briefing

Sunday, February 18
4 – 5 p.m.
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This session is tailored for first-time attendees or those who have only attended a few times and is designed to maximize the AUTM Annual Meeting experience. The facilitators will briefly review the conference program and underscore specific educational and networking opportunities, forums, receptions, and other meeting highlights and special events. The partnering software, AUTM Connect, will also be reviewed to maximize your networking capabilities, and membership benefits will be discussed.

Fireside Chat

Sunday, February 18

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Joseph Allen, President, Joseph Allen and Associates. Joe Allen served on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Birch Bayh (D-IN) securing passage of the Bayh-Dole Act which fostered R&D partnerships between universities and U.S. industry.  As President of the National Technology Transfer Center established by Congress, Joe has helped to promote industry/federal laboratory R&D partnerships. Joe has been recognized by AUTM for his tireless work championing the Bayh-Dole Act.  He also writes a monthly column for IP Watchdog on technology management issues.

Booths, Bites and Bubbles - Exhibit Hall Meet & Greet Reception

Sunday, February 18
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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Start off the meeting with this new reception for a first look at the Exhibit Hall. Meet up with old friends and meet new attendees, exchange business cards, and enjoy the refreshments at this networking event. 

Keynote Speaker

Monday, February 19
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Dean Kamen is an American entrepreneur, inventor and tireless advocate for science and technology. Most famous for his inventions the 'Segway PT' and the 'iBOT', at the age of 30, Dean Kamen sold his first company and in 1982 he founded DEKA. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined with his own passion to focus on medical innovations aimed to improve lives around the world. In 1989 he founded FIRST, (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) an organization dedicated to motivating young people to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. Come hear about his push for big ideas, cool gizmos, and his quest for the next generation of miracles.


Industry/Academia Connect and Collaborate  

Monday, February 19
1:45 – 5:30 p.m.
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Join the leaders of Industry and Academia as participants meet together for a fun, fast-paced “speed meeting”. Check out potential partners with this new twist on an old favorite. During this session you’ll quickly learn what type of technologies industry partners seek. You may discover the ideal partner – or, move on to the next – holding out for a better match. A networking reception open to all attendees immediately follows the lightening rounds – allowing plenty of time to network and get to know each other better!

Day in the Desert

Ready to relax and unwind? We've set up some fun things for you to enjoy Tuesday afternoon. There's something for everyone — from tennis and world class golf to soaking up the sun poolside or taking a jeep adventure in the desert. Learn more.

Career Development Forum

Monday, February 19
4 – 5:30 p.m.
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This highly-interactive session, presented by experienced practitioners, will examine the complex roles and responsibilities that continually evolve and expand in technology transfer. Part of the discussion will focus on the value and experience gained by fluid transitioning among academia, industry and venture space, which is becoming a common career path. Presenters and participants will have time to engage in open and dynamic conversations about challenges and opportunities at every career level – from early to advanced. If you are thinking about your future professional goals or are new to the profession and would like to know about options within the field, this session is for you!

Opening Reception

Monday, February 19
6:30 – 8 p.m.
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Kick off the annual meeting in style. The Opening Reception is a great place to start networking and make new friends. Bring plenty of business cards!

Roundtable Discussion 

Wednesday, February 21
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Only 20 percent of all patents have women inventors listed while less than 10 percent of U.S. patents have women as the lead inventor. Corporations acknowledge less than 18 percent of top leadership positions are held by women, and, federal grant agencies struggle to increase femal participation. Diversity is a key driver of innovation and a critical component of being successful on a global scale. Technology transfer offices are well-positioned to affect change. Listen as the panel addresses strategies to foster greater inclusion. Join panelists Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President for Research Intelligence at Elsevier and Victor W. Hwang, Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation.

Pitch and Play - The AUTM Venture Challenge

Wednesday, February 21
1 – 4:30 p.m.
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You won’t want to miss this years’ Venture Challenge.  Similar to the popular TV show Shark Tank, but without the bite, you’ll watch in real time as top venture investors in the country discuss business plan presentations from university-related startup companies as they compete for a $10,000 cash prize. This is a unique opportunity to learn what makes a successful pitch. Learn what worked, what didn’t and why, so you can improve your own techniques.
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Closing Reception

Wednesday, February 21
4:30 – 6 p.m.
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Send out the AUTM Annual Meeting in style. Take advantage of this opportunity to cement new connections and mingle with friends and colleagues. Enjoy delicious appetizers and prepare to say adios to Phoenix, Arizona. 

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