Featured Partner of the Month Archives


The AUTM Women Inventors Committee recognizes Elsevier an exemplar organization in support of women inventors and entrepreneurs in STEM.  We’re delighted to introduce AUTM members to Elsevier and hope that we can all learn from their programs. AUTM will be hosting a free webinar with Elsevier, Gender in the Global Research Landscape, on Wednesday, December 6. Please join us and encourage your administrators and faculty to as well.
Elsevier is a global information and analytics company and one of the world's major providers of scientific, technical, and medical information. Elsevier provides information and analytics that help institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance.
As a steward of world research, Elsevier has a responsibility to promote gender equality in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and advance gender/sex-based and diversity research.  In this regard, Elsevier fully supports the United Nation’s sustainable development goal 5, “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” and the Global Resource Council’s Statement of Principles and Actions Promoting the Equality and Status of Women in Research.
Critical issues related to gender disparity and bias must be examined by sound studies.  Drawing upon a collection of high-quality global data sources and analytical expertise, Elsevier produced a comprehensive report on research performance, Gender in the Global Research Landscape, which presents an evidence-based examination of the outputs, quality, and impact of research through a gender lens across, and as a vehicle for understanding the role of gender within the structure of the global research enterprise. 
A follow-on to Elsevier’s groundbreaking 2015 report, Mapping Gender in the German Research Arena, the new global report employs bibliometric analyses and leading-edge methodologies that enable gender disambiguation of authors within the Scopus database and includes an examination across twenty-seven research disciplines, for twelve geographic comparators, over two decades.  Many of the report’s analyses examine facets of research output, impact, and collaboration associated with innovation.
Elsevier partnered with expert stakeholder organizations and individuals around the world to advise on the report’s development, including the research questions, methodologies, and analytics, and to provide a policy context for the report findings.  Thus, the report provides powerful insight and guidance for gender equality and gender research policy for governments, funders, and institutions worldwide and demonstrates the critical need for further evidence-based studies.
Through its New Scholars program, the Elsevier Foundation has been contributing to the advancement of early- to mid-career women scholars for more than a decade via grants and other partner investments. These efforts laid a foundation of success upon which Elsevier has built broader corporate level support for gender initiatives. Beginning in 2016, Elsevier placed a priority on fostering a gender-balanced workplace by implementing the EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) program across eight core business operations worldwide, among the first information service and technology companies to attain EDGE Assess Certification globally.  Concomitantly, Elsevier formed a trans-business Gender Working Group to address external-facing issues such as enhancing sex and gender reporting in research, improving gender balance for journal editorial boards and conferences, and addressing issues of bias in peer review.
Owing to its data and analytical capabilities and its organizational commitment, Elsevier is able to provide evidence to inform and stimulate debate, establish benchmarks for measuring progress, and catalyze positive change at the policy level.
For more information: 
Gender & Science Resource Center
A dynamic resource with information about gender and women in STEM activities, initiatives, and programs
Gender in the Global Research Landscape Report Materials:

 Cell Press CrossTalk: Women in Science

National Academy of Inventors (NAI)


The NAI was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Since its founding, the NAI has played a vital role in changing the culture of valuing patents and commercialization within its member institutions across the country. Today, this important initiative continues to gain national attention. Since 2010, the NAI has grown to boast a membership of over 200 institutions in the U.S. and worldwide of all sizes, concentrations and innovative focuses, and NAI also collaborates formally with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). NAI promotes diversity in innovation, recognizing that progress is faster when all inventors participate. The AUTM Women Inventors Committee has been in contact with NAI on this goal.

Two programs of the NAI may be of special interest to AUTM members.

  • The NAI Fellows Program has 757 Fellows worldwide representing more than 229 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated more than 8,500 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 1.1 million jobs. In addition, over $100 billion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries. Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow status have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation. AUTM members could consider nominating inventors, including those of underrepresented groups.
  • Technology and Innovation, edited and published by the NAI, is a forum for presenting information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences, with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation. Every issue features an article from the USPTO and a profile of a Fellow of the NAI.  Technology and Innovation is currently soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on the gender gap in the invention arena. Statistics show that women are named as inventors on fewer than one in five patents despite gains in the number of women entering STEM fields, and addressing this disparity will be critical to remaining competitive in the global innovation sphere. Submissions are due Sept. 1, 2017; for more information, contact  Kimberly Macuare, at kmacuare@academyofinventors.org.  AUTM members could consider contributing to this special issue.

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

The AUTM Women Inventors Committee sees the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) as a great example of an organization supporting women in STEM inventors and entrepreneurs. AWIS champions the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors, including innovation and entrepreneurship. Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women in these fields can achieve their full potential. We’re happy to introduce AUTM members to AWIS and hope that we can all learn from their programs.



Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). AWIS is dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 20,000 professionals in STEM with members, chapters, and affiliates worldwide. Membership is open to any individual who supports the vision and mission of AWIS. Visit their website at  to learn more.

Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) 

The AUTM Women Inventors Committee sees the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) as a great example of an organization supporting women inventors and entrepreneurs. AWE encourages women entrepreneurs in the greater Philadelphia area to form companies, grow companies, and support each other. We’re happy to introduce AUTM members to AWE and hope that we can all learn from their programs.

The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) strives to serve women founders who are actively scaling their businesses in the greater Philadelphia area. Their members have founded successful companies – and they come to AWE to achieve more. Many of their members are classified as high-growth companies, or Gazelles, and they want more women founded businesses to reach this level.

AWE engages these like-minded, like-motivated women in forums of their peers where they can exchange experience, advice and strategy that propels their businesses to the next level. Specifically, AWE offers Founders’ Roundtables where these connections and conversations can happen in person, as well as their GazelleWire for Employer Entrepreneur members only so that growth can continue to happen in virtual space.

They also hold an Emerging Entrepreneur Pitch Program with a concentrated focus on preparing women founders to give an excellent pitch.

With 20 years under our belt, AWE has established a strong network of women to tap into for thought leadership, experience and advice. Visit their website at www.phillyawe.org to learn more!

Women in BIO (WIB)

The AUTM Women Inventors Committee recognizes and supports the work that Women in Bio (WIB) does. We feel that we have some overlapping goals of encouraging women in inventorship and entrepreneurship, and we’re pleased to introduce you to WIB with hopes that their efforts are of use to AUTM members in promoting women in innovation. WIB is especially focused on networking, and research shows that women often lack networks that allow them to participate fully in innovation.

WIB is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences. As a volunteer organization, WIB offers leadership opportunities at every career stage, and a chance to expand professional networks in a supportive and professional environment. WIB is a large national organization with over 15,000 members, 13 chapters and currently growing. Each local chapter hosts numerous events throughout the year, that vary from networking events to career development, to professional education, to executive level-focused events. 

In addition to events, WIB hosts a mentorship program which offers women the chance to mentor or be mentored, a Young Women in Bio program, which offers events and encouragement to middle-school aged girls, webinars, and the support. WIB recently announced the opening day of its inaugural Boardroom Ready program for women executives in the Life Sciences, hosted by George Washington University. WIB’s Boardroom Ready certificate program is designed to prepare women executives to serve on corporate boards. A unique aspect of the program is WIB’s commitment to assist graduates of the Boardroom Ready program in securing corporate board seats. WIB has also engaged with the broader Life Sciences community to identify coaches and mentors for the program and gain widespread support for achieving greater diversity in the boardroom. 

Finally, nationally WIB offers regularly scheduled webinars. Below is an overview of the proposed webinars. For more information about the organization, the programs and webinars, visit www.womeninbio.org.
January   JPM Wrap-Up; Bloomberg VC Panel
February   Debra Kurtz Portable Breast Pump; IP, Product Development Process
March   No webinar, Women’s History Month
April   Project Management Webinar
May   Rare Diseases, Christina Waters
June   No Webinar, BIO Convention
July   Executive Leadership Training, WIB Staff
August   Project Management Webinar
September   Aging
October   Increasing Board Effectiveness
November   TBD (Hot trends, state of the industry, etc)
December   No webinar, holiday parties