Highlights and Networking

AUTM Annual Meeting

What You Positively Should Not Miss

First-time Attendee Briefing
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Sunday, March 8
4 - 5 p.m.
This session is tailored for Meeting first-timers (or those who are relatively new) and is designed to maximize the AUTM Annual Meeting experience. We’ll review the conference program and underscore specific educational and networking opportunities, forums, receptions, and other meeting highlights and special events. The partnering software, AUTM Connect, will also be reviewed to maximize your networking capabilities. 

Fireside Chat Featuring Judge Paul Redmond Michel
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Sunday, March 8
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
In his years on the bench, the Honorable Paul Redmond Michel adjudicated thousands of appeals and wrote more than 800 opinions, hundreds of which were in patent cases. At our Fireside Chat he will discuss what can be done to get the patent system back into balance and what universities and AUTM Members can do to help. Learn more

Booths, Bites and Bubbles - Exhibit Hall Meet & Greet Reception
Sunday, March 8
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Start the meeting off right with this reception for a first look at the Exhibit Hall. Meet up with old friends and connect with new attendees, exchange business cards, and enjoy the refreshments at this must-attend networking event. 

Keynote Address Featuring Astronaut Ellen Ochoa
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Monday, March 9
8 – 10 a.m.
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

Industry/Academia Connect and Collaborate  
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Monday, March 9
1:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Join the leaders of industry and academia to learn what type of technologies potential partners seek. A networking reception, open to all attendees, follows. Learn more

Opening Reception
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Monday, March 9
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Kick-off the Annual Meeting right! This reception is a great place to start networking and make new friends. Bring plenty of business cards! You'll need them.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Tech Transfer Profession
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Tuesday, March 10
7 – 8:30 a.m. 
This inaugural breakfast meeting will include an introduction to AUTM’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and a discussion of a select diversity topic, led by Ms. Patricia Barnes, JD, attorney, author and a recognized expert on employment discrimination and workplace bullying and abuse. It will be both a learning and a networking experience for the attendees and likely a beginning of a tradition at AUTM. There is no fee to attend this event, but registration is required.

Plenary: VCs Talk Back – The State of Early-Stage Science-Based Venture Capital
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Tuesday, March 10
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Senior leadership from prominent VC firms (Kevin Bitterman, Atlas Venture, Bill Harrington, Osage University Partners, Deborah Palestrant, 4:59, Cami Samuels, Venrock, Amy Schulman, Polaris Partners, Jeff Tong, Third Rock Ventures) 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. Learn more

Pitch and Play - The AUTM Venture Challenge
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Tuesday, March 10
2 – 5:15 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this years’ Venture Challenge. Similar to the popular TV show Shark Tank, but without the bite, the Challenge features top venture investors critiquing business plan presentations from university-related start-up companies as they compete for a $10,000 cash prize. This is a great opportunity to learn what makes a successful pitch. Learn what worked, what didn’t and why, so you can improve your own techniques. Learn more

Oncology and Research Tools Partnering Forum
Tuesday, March 10
2 – 5:30 p.m.
(additional fees apply)
The Oncology and Research Tools Partnering Forum will explore how academia can collaborate with industry to advance the technologies that result in new cancer therapeutic modalities and the research tools that can advance basic research. This AUTM Partnering Forum, held in partnership with BIOCOM and the San Diego Innovation Council, is a great opportunity for university tech transfer and licensing specialists to connect with their counterparts in business development and intellectual property from the oncology and research reagents area. Learn more

Closing Keynote Address Featuring Professor Antwi Akom
Wednesday, March 11
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Antwi Akom is the Director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab—a joint research lab between UCSF and SFSU (SOULLAB.co). 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

Closing Reception
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Wednesday, March 11
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Close-out the AUTM Annual Meeting with a cocktail, cement new connections and mingle with friends and colleagues. Enjoy good eats and bid farewell to beautiful San Diego, California.

Annual Meeting Sponsors

Elanco Animal Health
Osage University Partners
Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP
Burford Capital
Parker Highlander PLLC
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Ventech Solutions Inc.
Pfizer Inc
Marshall Gerstein
Michael Best & Friedrich
Polsinelli PC
CSL Behring
Bereskin & Parr LLP
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Eli Lilly and Company
BCC Research
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Blank Rome LLP
Aird & McBurney LP
Baker Donelson
Casimir Jones, SC
Royalty Pharma
Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Pabst Patent Group LLP
CrossPond Law
University of New Hampshire
Quarles & Brady LLP
Hodgson Russ LLP
TreMonti Consulting LLC
Licensing Executives Society