AUTM 2017 Annual Meeting
Hollywood, Florida


To arrange interviews or press logistics, contact: 

Leef Smith Barnes 
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Meeting Location

Diplomat Beach Resort
3555 South Ocean Drive
Hollywood, Florida, 33019
Phone: 954-602-6000

Press Credentials

Media badges will be available at the AUTM registration desk located on the 3rd floor of the Diplomat Beach Resort, just outside the Great Hall.

Annual Meeting Program and Scheduling Information

Please view the online schedule or download the digital program.

2017 Meeting Highlights

Sunday March 12, 6-7 p.m.
Fireside Chat with Katharine Ku, Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing at Stanford University
AUTM President Elect Mary Albertson will interview Katharine Ku. Through the lens of her more than three decades working in academic research commercialization, Ku will discuss how innovation commercialization has changed during her tenure at Stanford — from basic technology of the biotech industry to the de facto standard for music chips, to the world’s largest search engine (Google) — and her expectations for the future of academic technology transfer. Ku will describe some of Stanford’s greatest successes, the pivotal role of technology transfer on the creation of new products and companies, as well as guidance for the next generation of knowledge transfer leaders.

Monday March 13, 8-10 a.m.
Keynote Speaker Russell E. Levine
Russell E. Levine, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, who focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent and technology transfer issues, will discuss the “Top 10” court decisions affecting licensing.

Tuesday March 14, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pitch and Play – the AUTM Venture Challenge
You won’t want to miss this year’s “Fishbowl Fights.” Like the popular TV show Shark Tank, but without the bite. You’ll watch in real time as top venture investors discuss business plan presentations from university-related startup companies as they compete for a $10,000 cash prize.

Wednesday, March 15, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Innovation Keynote Featuring Kavita Shukla
Discover how inspiration can come from the most unlikely places. Hear the story of Kavita Shukla, a groundbreaking social entrepreneur, and her lessons learned about bringing product to market.

Additional Information

Download the AUTM Fact Sheet or view AUTM's recent press releases. For facts and figures about academic research and commercialization activity, see our Annual Licensing Activity Survey.

"Wi-Fi" Access at the Diplomat

Network Name: AUTM2017
Password: Elanco17

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AUTM Annual Meeting

Each spring, AUTM hosts the largest meeting of academic technology transfer professionals world-wide. More than 1,900 technology transfer professionals gather for networking, professional development, speakers and 90 sessions on academic research commercialization.




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