2018 Central Region Meeting

2018 Central Region Meeting
July 9 - 11
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
Minneapolis MN


* Tentative schedule, program subject to change

Sunday, July 8
5 - 6 pm Early Bird Reception
Monday, July 9


7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


8:00 - 9 a.m.


9 - 10:30 a.m.

Plenary I: Innovation and Commercialization in the Medical Device Ecosystem
Moderator:   Shaye Mandle, Medical Alley Association
Panelists:       Rick Huebsch, University of Minnesota for Technology Commercialization
                        Dave Knapp, Boston Scientific
                        Kelly Krajnik, Mayo Clinic Ventures
                        Doug Pennington, Boston Scientific Corporation

This session will highlight the ways the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic Ventures and Boston Scientific interact to bring innovations to the market. The panel will discuss ecosystem touch points, the motivations and objectives for developing the ecosystem, and the benefits and challenges of working together.
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Networking Break

11:00 a.m. - Noon

A1: Ethical Challenges Facing Today's Startups
Moderator: Kerri Smith, Rice University
Speakers:    Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners
                     Kevin Stevens, Intelis Capital
                     Charles Valuaskas, Valauskas Corder, LLC
Ethical challenges facing today’s entrepreneurs pose a host of temptations – and resistance is hard.   As the worst behaviors of startups and tech companies continue making news, it becomes more important than ever to think about training entrepreneurs and building start-ups to be ethical and principled. Panelists will discuss common ethical hazards and offer diverse perspectives of the stakes involved in building startups that are worthy of customer, investor, and community trust. 
  A2: Bayh Dole Update - New Rules, New Strategies
Moderator: Jeffery Peterson, Michael Best
Speakers:    Mike Morley, Michigan Technological University
                      Victoria Sutton, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
                      Joseph Wright, South Dakota School of Mines and           

This session will cover the new regulations issued in May by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), which governs the implementation of the Bayh-Dole Act. The panel will discuss key issues in the new regulations and discuss best practices in implementing compliance procedures.
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 3 p.m. Workshops
B1: Innovation & Gender Bias: Exploring the Cost of Lost Opportunities
Moderator: Eagle Robinson, Norton Rose Fulbright
Speakers:    Jennifer Finefield, Partners Healthcare  
                     Jessica Milli, Institute for Women's Policy Research
                     Victoria Scarborough, NCET2

Current data shows that women are underrepresented throughout the innovation ecosystem. This panel discussion seeks to explore the role of gender bias in science and technology including:
  • Reviewing the real-world data & costs of letting unconscious (and conscious) biases go unchecked
  • Sharing the keys to their own successes in areas in which women have been underrepresented
  • Discussing strategies for individuals to help minimize the impact of unconscious biases;
  • Suggesting structural changes for organizations to change unconscious biases
  • Advancing the real-world benefits of actively addressing unconscious biases
The panel encourages audience participation and discussion of audience examples of costs of women being underrepresented in technology development and commercialization.
  B2: Ownership in the University Setting: Do You Own What You Think You Own?
Moderator: Gwendolyn Humphreys, Northwestern University
Speakers:    John Haugen, Northwestern University
                     Shawn Hawkins, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
                     Daniell McCulloch, Fuentek
                     Paul Savereide, University of Minnesota

An academic environment can make for complicated intellectual property (IP) and materials ownership issues. Factors including co-owned inventions, undergraduate students and non-academic inventors, inventorship disputes and faculty leaving the university all contribute to this complexity. There are also situations where universities own commercializable materials, such as research tools, where no IP is filed. It is critical to ensure that ownership is determined to avoid legal disputes. We will give examples of ownership disputes from an academic and industry perspective and key take-aways from these scenarios. This panel will also discuss general law around IP ownership and higlight best practices to deal with challenging ownership issues.
3 - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. AUTM Board Address
3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Plenary II - Newest News Now
MC:               Charles Valauskas, Valauskas Corder LLC
Moderator:  Mark Staudt, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

In this session, 10-minute presentations will cover areas selected from the universe of current domestic and international business, legal, and technical topics, followed by lively question and answer period.
5:15 - 7 p.m. Opening Reception
Tuesday, July 10
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration
8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 - 10 a.m. Workshops
C1: Mission Impossible? Collaborations Between Universities and Medical Device Companies
Moderator: Sean Solberg, Davis Brown Law Firm
Speakers:     Kevin Anderson, University of Minnesota
                      Bryan Clark, Boston Scientific
                      Alex Hill, Medtronic

Universities have long worked closely with companies in many industries, including agriculture and pharma. What about the medical device insdustry? This session will explore how medical device companies are working with universities and how  universities can increase those connections and collaborations.
  C2: Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants - What Makes Plant IP & Licensing Unique
Moderator: Anne Hall, University of Minnesota
Panelists:     Deborah Perez Fernandez, Rutgers University
                      BJ Haun, University of Minnesota
                      Joe Saluri, Self-employed Entrepreneur
                      Sansun Yeh, Michael Best

This session will provide a general overview of intellectual property mechanisms for protecting plant innovations and provide a wide- ranging discussion of both institutional and industry professionals. The panel will discuss the unique aspects of licensing and developing plant innovations, how to recognize and avoid traps and issues when licensing plant technologies. licenses, and how to translate plant licensing techniques to other industries.
10 - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - Noon Workshops
D1: Connecting to Your Audience - A Storytelling Workshop for Effective Tech Transfer Communications
Guide:         Linda Suzu Kawano, GroupOptima
Storyteller: Anne DiSante, Michigan State University
We are a diverse community of business professionals. Our experiences - our "stories" - define us. Each of us is uniquely positioned to use our stories to help us connect to others and establish strong business relationships with our colleagues, inventors, negotiating partners and more.

Storytelling is one of few human traits that is truly universal across cultures and can be used as an effective tool to interest people in business opportunities, in negotiations, to forge relationships, to help explain one's position and move a difficult negotiation forward and to establish connections with stakeholders.

This Workshop will teach participants how to tell a story by beginning with a "tech transfer context" discussion of the basic structure of any story - “the storytelling arc” - and the elements of a compelling story.  Seasoned tech transfer professionals will use the  basics to tell their story - an actual story that resulted in a change in their business, and audience participants will be invited to tell their own stories of how they successfully used a real-life story to achieve a goal. 
  D2: What Companies are Looking for from University Technology Transfer and Research Engagements
Moderator: Jeffrey Myers, Michigan State University

Learn what industry representatives from a broad cross-section of fields are seeking from university licensing and collaborative research partnerships. Companies will pitch their wants and needs to the audience at a rapid fire pace. Participants will gain insights on connecting with the right industry colleagues for licensing and collaborative research opportunities.
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with Industry Experts
1:30 - 3 p.m. Plenary III: Pitch, Please! Making Startups Great Again!
Moderators: Eagle Robinson, Norton Rose Fulbright
                       Kerri Smith, Rice University
                       Tony Stanco, NCET2
                       Tamara Wilgers, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Panelists:      Andrea Course, Schlumberger Technology Investments
                       Robert Hisrich, National Angels
                       Steve Kanzer, Accredited VC LLC
                       Victoria Scarborough, NCET2

Technology Transfer Offices are increasingly expected to help position faculty start-ups for success. But how do we do that? Learn from institututional investors after hearing from five Central Region university-based start-ups that have been vetted for $100 million potential to Fortune 500 business units. Start-ups pitch their ventures to a panel of venture capitalists, start-up development officers (SDO), angel investors, and corporate VCs. These "Best University Start-ups powered by NCET2" will each give a five-minute pitch and receive five minutes of investor feedback, helping tech transfer professionals understand better how to guide their start-ups in preparation for funding. The investor panel will share insights on how TTOs can help position their own start-ups for success, including best practices on business pitches, IP strategy, agreements for future investment and acquisition, and more. Best of all, you can brush up on your "investor speak".

The five start-up companies are:
  • Emissol
  • Fluence Analytics
  • ProValens
  • TerraCOH
  • Viewpoint Molecular Targeting, Inc.
3 - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 - 5 p.m. Plenary IV: AUTM Central Region Trivia 2018: Back Where It All Began
Moderators: Charles Valauasks, Valauskas Corder, LLC
                        James Scott Elmer, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Thirteen years ago the trivia contest began its reign of terror on unsuspecting AUTM members in Minneapolis. As we pay our second visit to the Mini Apple we continue to dash the dreams of all but the strongest teams in this Darwinian struggle for supremacy and the chance to cradle the coveted championship trophy. If you think you have what it takes, or if you just want to meet some new people, join us for what promises to be a fun way to spend an hour or two. Who knows, you may even learn a little something in the process. Chuck Valauskas and his merry band of graders return with a few more tricks up their sleeves to keep the crowd entertained and on their toes.      
6:30 - 10 p.m. Offsite Reception - Science Museum of Minnesota
Located on the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul, the Science Museum of Minnesota serves hundreds of thousands of visitors each year with its hands-on exhibits, breathtaking Omnitheater films, special events, and unparalleled education programs. 
Take an opportunity to view Dream Big: Engineering Our World showing on the Omnitheater screen. This film will transform the way you think about engineering, revealing the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create a more sustainable future for all of us.
Wednesday, July 11
7:30 - 10 a.m. Registration
8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 - 10 a.m. Workshops
E1: When to Get Aggressive with the United States Patent and Trademark Office: Strategies for Dealing with a Troubled Patent Application
Moderator: Kalpa Vithalani, Medical College of Wisconsin
Speakers:    Christopher Holt, LexisNexis
                      Heidi Kelley, United States Patent & Trademark Office
                      Jessica Lewis, Quarles & Brady, LLP
                      David McClure, Texas Tech University

The receipt of a final rejection from the USPTO can be very troubling to a technology transfer office.  The fact that it arrives after years of waiting, financial investment, and maybe even an executed license agreement in place creates anxiety for the inventor, the Licensing Associate and the University IP Director. 

But “final” is a misnomer, because a Final Rejection does not mean that you’ve come to the end of the road.  In fact, there are a number of effective strategies available to give your patent application renewed life after a final rejection has been issued.  This seminar will explore when it makes sense to take on the USPTO and the advantages and costs of the different prosecution strategies that are available.    
  E2: Up to Date Trends in Sponsored Research
Moderator: Mike Moore, Loon Landing IP Consulting, LLC
Speakers:    Leza Besemann, University of Minnesota
                      Anne DiSante, Michigan State University Technologies
                      Eloise Maki, 3M Innovative Products Company

Research funding from the federal government has become more difficult to obtain, even for the most respected academics. In order to keep promising research programs afloat, emphasis on diversifying funding sources has come to the forefront. The trend at almost every research University is to increase funding from corporate sources.  Additionally, funding from Foundations has gained increased importance. 

Crowd funding you say? Recipients of alternative sources of funding need to understand the concepts that drive the sources of these funds.  Several factors need to be taken into account, including: IP (background and foreground), rights to inventions, improvements, and publishing. We will examine unique proposed terms from sponsored research agreements and how to address these proposals in a way that takes into account both sponsor and recipient institution. This session will also explore some innovative approaches to keep us “Up to Date in Trends in Sponsored Research” emanating from the Central Region (and beyond). 
10 - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - Noon Howard Bremer Memorial CRM Plenary V - Bayh-Dole: The Return on Investment in Reseach and Tech Transfer - Impact and Measurement
Moderator: Jennifer Gottwald, Wisconsin Alunmni Research Foundation
Speakers:    Allyson Best, University of Mississippi
                     Richard Chylla, Michigan State University Technologies
                      Kathleen Gavin, Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance
                      Joel Nelson, Cargill

Where do we as American taxpayers get the biggest bang for our buck?  That question is being asked at all levels of government, especially with corporate focus of the current administration.  The same question is asked at companies and foundations that fund research at universities, and within our universities. The ROI in technology transfer can be looked at in terms of intellectual property, economic development and yes, monetary outcomes. And we all know the impact of technology transfer is much broader and can be measured in terms of quality of life.
By any measure, the Bayh-Dole Act has been an outstanding, some call inspired, piece of legislation, but it is not immune to the question posed here; what is ROI or impact of our technology transfer work, and are we measuring it in the best possible fashion? We’ll address the current NIST ROI Initiative, looking at technology transfer at federal labs. We’ll talk about the questions a technology transfer director hears from university administration. We’ll explore how foundations funding research see their desired outcome. How does AUTM help us phrase the questions so we can share the wider impact of what we do? We will have plenty of time for audience questions and thoughts, so come ready to share. 
Noon Meeting adjourns