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Each spring, AUTM hosts its Annual Meeting where technology transfer professionals from around the globe meet to connect, make deals, and gain insights from world-class speakers and panels. It is a chance to develop dynamic professional practices and gain inspiration from future leaders in the field. 

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Annual Meeting Program and Scheduling Information
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2021 Annual Meeting Highlights

Tuesday, March 16, 2 - 3 p.m.
Ellen Ochoa: Astronaut. Inventor. Game Changer.

Former Director, Johnson Space Center
Ellen Ochoa is the first Hispanic woman ever to go in space. She’s also a brilliant inventor and only the second female Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Hear her thoughts on change, innovation, the culture of teams, and what can be done to ensure that more women and minorities find a place within the tech transfer industry. Learn more
Wednesday, March 17, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Plenary Session Featuring Dr. Antwi Akom

Professor Antwi Akom is the Director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab — a joint research lab between UCSF and SFSU (SOUL). He has an extensive background in building collaborative, community-facing technology projects and new models of urban innovation that help cities become smarter, more equitable, just and sustainable. Learn more
Thursday, March 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Plenary Session - VCs Talk Back

Senior leadership from prominent VC firms will join moderator Orin Herskowitz, from Columbia Tech Ventures, to discuss the complex intersection of venture capital and university tech transfer. This interactive, audience-driven session will cover current investment hypotheses and emerging best practices for forging deeper ties between VCs and universities.
Additional Information
View AUTM's recent press releases
Learn how technology transfer continues to be an important driver of impressive gains for local, state and national economies. Download the latest Annual Licensing Activty Report.
Discover how academic technology transfer is driving the innovation economy and benefiting society. Download and share the infographic.

Driving the Innovation Economy

AUTM partnered with BIO to report on the economic contribution of academic patents. The study documents the sizeable return that US taxpayers receive on their investment in federally-funded research. 

Licensing of academic patents has contributed up to $1.3 trillion to the US economy and supported up to 4.2 million jobs. Find out more by downloading the AUTM BIO report.

AUTM’s Social Media Handles
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Annual Meeting Sponsors

Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP
Osage University Partners
Casimir Jones, SC
Michael Best & Friedrich
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Nixon Peabody
Parker Highlander PLLC
LevelSet Capital
Marshall Gerstein
Blank Rome LLP
KISSPlatform Europe BV
Quarles & Brady LLP
Computer Packages, Inc.
Boehringer Ingelheim
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
NYU Langone
Fox Rothschild LLP