Highlights & Networking Events

Career Development Forum

Sunday, February 14
4 – 5 p.m.
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This highly interactive session, presented by some of the most experienced professionals in the field, will examine the typical roles and responsibilities involved for entry, mid and senior-level licensing and various specialized positions. Presenters and participants will have time to engage in open and dynamic conversations about challenges and opportunities at every level. If you are thinking about your future professional goals or are new to the profession and would like to know about options within or outside the field, this session is for you.
Cory G. Acuff, Ph.D., Associate Director, University of Georgia
Rajsekhar Guddneppanavar, Ph.D., Contract Specialist, Emory University
Karin Immergluck, Ph.D., Director Technology Management, UCSF Office of Innovation, Technology and Alliances
Gage G. Ramos, J.D., Licensing Associate, Georgia Tech Research Corp. 

First Class for First Timers

Sunday, February 14
5 – 6 p.m.

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This session is tailored for first-time attendees or those who have only attended a few times. This event will help you maximize your experience at the AUTM Annual Meeting. 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 ConnectTM, will also be reviewed to maximize your networking capabilities, and membership benefits will be discussed. The event will include a business card exchange, refreshments and a networking opportunity to meet with senior AUTM leadership.

Senior AUTM Leaders Attending the Event:
  • Lily Chan, NUS Enterprise
  • Claire Driscoll, National Institutes of Health
  • Michael Dilling, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Scott Elmer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Chase Kasper, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Marc Malandro, University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute
  • Michael Moore, University of North Dakota
  • Ken Porter, Innovate Calgary
  • Robin Rasor, University of Michigan

Fireside Chat Featuring Lita Nelsen, RTTP

Sunday, February 14
6 – 7 p.m.
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Join AUTM President-Elect, David Winwood, PhD, RTTP, as he interviews Lita Nelsen, RTTP, Director of the Technology Licensing Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Keynote Speaker David Butler

Monday, February 15
8 – 10 a.m.

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Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company, and author of Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too), Butler has revolutionized the company’s approach to design – not only related to how things look but how to create growth across the business.

This insightful and entertaining session will inspire you to apply the agile start-up mentality to your own professional success.

Industry/Academia Partnering Forum and Reception

Monday, February 15
Forum: 1:45 – 5:30 p.m.
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Reception: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
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The Industry/Academia Partnering Forum and Reception provide a unique venue for members of industry and academia to connect, socialize and discuss areas of interest. The program will begin with a reverse showcase of presentations from our industry partners highlighting technologies of interest and how to best work with their company.

Immediately following, there will be a reception for all forum participants and an opportunity to network one-on-one.

Last year’s industry presenters included representatives from Allied Minds, AstraZeneca, BASF, BD Biosciences, BD Technologies, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Cell Signaling Technology, Cellular Dynamics, Colgate-Palmolive, Dow AgroSciences, Elanco Animal Health, Eli Lilly and Company, EMD Millipore Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, ICL Group, Innovate BioPharmaceuticals, Intel Corporation, Linde Healthcare, Madan Global, Inc., MedImmune, Merck Animal Health, Merck Research Laboratories, Novo Nordisk, Pepsico, Pfizer, RB, Richman Chemical, Roche TCRC, Sanofi, Syngenta Biotechnology Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. 

If your company would like to participate in 2016, email Shelia Lee.

Opening Reception

Monday, February 15
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!

AUTM Venture Forum

Tuesday, February 16
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Interact with some of the top institutional and corporate venture investors in the country. The Forum consists of two events: a venture capital (VC) panel discussion and a business plan competition.

Read these stories about the impact of Venture Forum on past winners.

The VC panel offers a moderated question-and-answer session that will help academic institutions and their affiliated new ventures understand the venture capital perspective and more effectively work together to build value in our university-affiliated technology companies. During the business plan competition, our panel of seasoned venture investors judge university-related startup companies as they compete for a $10,000 cash prize. Interested in participating in the competition? Watch your inbox for further details.

Even if you’re not participating, the business plan competition offers a unique opportunity to learn what makes a successful pitch. Learn what worked, what didn’t and why, so you can improve your own pitching technique. 

Learn more about eligibility criteria, application process and key deadlines.

Technology Transfer Trivia

Tuesday, February 16
2 – 3:30 p.m.

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Ready for a break from the usual session? A seasoned team from the AUTM Central Region brings their trivia contest to the Annual Meeting again this year. All the esoteric knowledge you have accumulated over your career will be rewarded in this session.

Get together with old friends and make some new ones as you are assigned to a random team to compete for bragging rights and prizes based on your knowledge of all sorts of trivia related to AUTM, technology licensing, university culture and the golden state of California. 

This session will provide an opportunity to have fun, network, win prizes and maybe even learn a little something in the process.

Casino Night

(additional fee required, seating is limited)
Tuesday, February 16
3:30 – 7 p.m.
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Feeling lucky? Then try your hand at the blackjack table, roulette, craps and the ever popular Texas Hold ‘em. Even if cards and dice aren’t of interest, we’re betting you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of friends and colleagues in the fun, relaxing, casino atmosphere.

Industry Roundtable and Plenary Session

Wednesday, February 17
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
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Moderated by AUTM President Fred Reinhart, MBA, RTTP, leaders of small, medium and large sized biotech companies will share their views on emerging university-industry collaborations. Biotechs are expanding their university relationships beyond their regional homes. Listen to this lively discussion and learn which university collaborative models are the most attractive to small and medium sized biotechs.

Panelists will discuss the spectrum of research collaborations and how they might utilize universities to move their technology forward.

Craft Beer Tasting

(additional fee, limited availability)
Wednesday, February 17
4 – 5:30 p.m.

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Networking has never been so enjoyable and the Annual Meeting location has never been more ideal. Bring your business cards and your discerning palate, and join your colleagues for an evening of craft beer tasting. You’ll have ample opportunity to roam and mingle as you visit stations to sample a variety of micro brews.

Closing Reception

Wednesday, February 17
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Send out the AUTM 2016 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 San Diego.

AUTM 2016 Annual Meeting Sponsors