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Phoenix based BioAccel recently announced a proof of concept competition that may interest UA Faculty: From BioAccel's announcement at http://bioaccel.org Concept: BioAccel will address this opportunity through the creation of our BioAccel Solutions Challenge Program. For the launch, BioAccel will identify up to 5 health care needs based on input from health care professionals, industry and the consumer. Up to 3 will be in the medical device space and up to 2 will be in the medical diagnostics space. These health care needs assessments will contain detailed requirements that are currently unmet in the marketplace. Supporting data on specific needs, competitive technologies, reimbursement, regulatory and quality requirements will be furnished.
From Idea To Asset Technology Commercialization Seminar April 17 11:30am - 1:00pm
Sarver Heart Center Room 4137
This Technology Commercialization seminar will present a case study on the Cambridge MA company, Bind Therapeutics, illustrating how research, patenting decisions, and clinical development all potentially interact. This seminar will be conducted by Dr. Marvin J. Slepian, Patrea L. Pabst of the Pabst Patent Group of Atlanta, GA. and Tech Launch Arizona’s Executive Director David Allen. Professor Robert Langer’s research at MIT in the area of biomaterials and nanoparticle engineering, has culminated in the development of a number of critical technologies that enable the development of therapeutic polymeric nanoparticles. Professor Omid Farokhzad of Harvard Medical School collaborated with Professor Langer to develop targeted nanoparticles for specific therapeutic applications.
This case study will help researcher answer questions like:
How do you know that your new invention is patentable?
How can decisions made in the patenting process increase the value of your technology?
How do commercialization decisions influence patent prosecution?
How do patenting decisions affect commercialization?
Tech Launch Arizona Appoints Doug Hockstad as Director for the University Of Arizona Office Of Technology Transfer
TUCSON, AZ., Feb. 20, 2013 - Tech Launch Arizona has announced that Doug Hockstad is the new Director of the revitalized Office Of Technology Transfer at the University Of Arizona. The Office of Technology Transfer helps to accomplish the broader University of Arizona mission by providing services to faculty, streamlining the technology commercialization process and finding applications for University research.
Mr. Hockstad joins the UA after having served as Associate Director, Software & Engineering Licensing in the University of Michigan's Office of Technology Transfer. In this role, along with his primary responsibility for managing software and other copyright-related intellectual property created across the entire U of M campus, he also managed the office's information technology requirements, and served as the liaison between OTT and the College of Engineering. Tech Launch Arizona’s Executive Director David Allen says: “I am delighted that Doug has joined us from Michigan. The University of Michigan is an excellent example to a university that did a turnaround in technology transfer and Doug was there from the beginning and a high level participant."
Mr. Hockstad has over 20 years of product management, marketing, and sales experience in high-tech markets, working predominantly with software companies. His accomplishments prior to joining the University of Michigan include managing the creation and rollout of a multi-million dollar new software product line, working in marketing to revitalize brand awareness, and developing new sales channels. He has spent the last 11 years building Michigan's software licensing portfolio and program, the last 6 of which have been as a member of the executive management team.
About Tech Launch Arizona:
Tech Launch Arizona represents a new approach to managing the commercialization of technologies at The University of Arizona. The University of Arizona created Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) to advance UA discoveries into intellectual property, inventions and technology. TLA represents a prioritization, restructuring, and resource enhancement of the UA’s technology commercialization and industry-sponsored research efforts. TLA will move knowledge and inventions developed by students and faculty into the market, with the primary goal of unifying UA researchers and the business community to significantly enhance the impact of university research, technological innovation, and technology park assets. Under its umbrella, executive director David N. Allen oversees UA offices and divisions related to intellectual property. TLA also works directly with technology companies through the UA’s Office of Corporate and Business Relations, Office of University Research Parks and Arizona Center for Innovation.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Tech Launch Arizona
Tucson, Arizona January 10, 2013: Nineteen University of Arizona researchers are recipients of Proof of Concept Program Awards by the newly established Tech Launch Arizona (TLA). The purpose of the POC Program is to enable faculty with promising inventions and discoveries to address technological and commercial hurdles--moving them closer to commercialization. The awards, ranging from $10-$40K, focus resources on critical segments such as generating data to support commercial applications; work for prototype development and testing; software code validation, or other similar activities.
"This money is generally very difficult to access, but often means the difference between a promising technology with important social benefits, moving closer to commercialization-- or being shelved. It is an important investment by Tech Launch Arizona”, stated Executive Director, David Allen. Allen joined the UA as Executive Director of Tech Launch Arizona from the University of Colorado, where in 2005 he initiated and subsequently managed one of the largest POC programs among US universities.
Proof of Concept Award recipients represent a wide spectrum of research in Engineering, Optical Sciences, Biotechnology, Medicine and other disciplines, spanning 33 UA departments. 46 proposals in all were received--several of which included collaborations with faculty from multiple colleges. Final awards were made based on recommendations by external review panels. “Importantly, the POC program opened the process for TLA to work with all applicant researchers to develop and advance inventions, whether funding was received in this round or not”, noted Sherry Hoskinson, Director of Commercialization Networks. Hoskinson worked with the external review process.
Funding for POC award comes from the Arizona Technology Research Initiative Fund (TRIF), including a contribution from the Water, Environmental and Energy Solutions (WEES) initiative.
About Tech Launch Arizona
TLA is a new University Of Arizona initiative with the primary mission of ensuring greater cohesion among University researchers and the business community. TLA was created to revitalize UA technology commercialization and industry-sponsored research. In support of commercialization and research, TLA coordinates the activities of three UA Departments: Office of Corporate and Business Relations, Office of University Research Parks and the Office of Technology Transfer.
Director of Commercialization Networks and Operations,
Tech Launch Arizona
Announces its first solicitation for the
Proof of Concept Program
Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) is pleased to announce its first Proof of Concept program solicitation, open to all University of Arizona researchers. A series of presentations will give an overview of the new Proof of Concept program, its scope, and how to apply.
The 2012 Proof of Concept (POC) program is aimed at accelerating commercialization activities by providing funding to researchers at the University of Arizona to advance development of their inventions. Tech Launch Arizona’s POC program focus is identifying key value inflection points in the development pathway for a given technology and providing funding for early technology development steps necessary to reduce risk for the next participant in the investment or adoption value chain.
Each POC seminar will include:
· Overview of 2012 Proof of Concept funding solicitation
· Description of the submission process and requirements
· Award scope and review process
· Key dates and deadlines for submission
· Q & A session after presentation
David Allen, Executive Director of Tech Launch Arizona, the University’s new technology commercialization unit, will lead these seminars. Prospective and current University of Arizona inventors/researchers are invited to attend.
Mark your calendars to attend one of the following POC seminars:
· Thursday, October 18th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Santa Cruz Room of the Student Union
· Monday, October 22nd from 9 a.m to 10 a.m. in Saguaro Hall Rm. 219 (formerly known as Family & Consumer Sciences)
· Monday, October 22nd from 12:30 p.m to 1:30 p.m. in the Meinel Bldg Rm. 821
· Monday, October 22nd from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. in the MRB Bldg Rm. 102
· Thursday, October 25th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gould-Simpson Bldg Rm. 601