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AUTM Annual Meeting

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AUTM helps technology transfer professionals meet the ever-increasing demands of the field while advancing understanding of how their work improves global quality of life. Its four-day Annual Meeting provides educational and partnering opportunities to more than 2,000 tech transfer professionals, researchers and intellectual property experts from around the world.

In addition to providing valuable conference support and thought leadership, Annual Meeting sponsors dramtically increase their brand visibility among these important stakeholders. There is no better investment of marketing dollars for reaching tech transfer influencers and decision makers. Let AUTM create a sponsorship package tailored to fit your unique marketing goals.
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Annual Meeting Sponsorship Includes:

  • Company logo on meeting signage
  • Acknowledgement in registration program/materials
  • Company listing in registration program/materials
  • Verbal acknowledgement at Opening Plenary Session ($10,000+ sponsors)
  • Invitation to Sponsors’ Luncheon
  • Invitation to Chairs’ Reception
  • Acknowledgement on AUTM website (great impact!)
  • A pre- and post-registration mailing list (Excel) for one-time use (email addresses are excluded per AUTM policy)
Note:  AUTM must review and approve sponsor mailing materials before a mailing list is provided.


Event Scheduling 
Sponsors planning to hold hospitality functions or social events at the AUTM 2020 Annual Meeting must receive written pre-approval from AUTM. Social functions are allowed only during program-free hours and must not conflict with educational sessions, special programs and themed events (including receptions and meals) hosted by AUTM. Failure to comply may result in denial of participation for future AUTM events.  

AUTM recommends scheduling events for the evening of Tuesday, March 10. If choosing an alternate date for a function, refer to the preliminary schedule of events.

Multi-Year or Multi-Event Sponsorship Discount 
Maximize the value of your sponsorship package by reserving a multi-year sponsorship package or sponsorship of multiple AUTM events or publications. For details, email Madhuri Carson, or call +1-847-686-2362.

Click below to find out more about the sponsorship option of your choice:  Exhibit Hall Networking Lounge Sponsor
What better place to have a networking lounge than in the center of the exhibit hall?  Attendees will have a place to meet with sponsors, exhibitors or fellow attendees. You will be able to place your handouts on the tables that are located in this lounge where your organization’s name is sure to be seen.
Benefits include:
  • Four complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at the Networking Lounge
  • Hospitality table at Networking Lounge (available upon request)
  • Opportunity to place branded items in the Exhibit Hall Networking Lounge (at sponsor’s expense)
Sponsor: $20,000  
 
Water Bottle/Cooler Sponsor
Be the exclusive water bottle sponsor and get maximum brand exposure as you help attendees stay hydrated. Each attendee will receive an environmentally friendly water bottles to carry throughout the meeting and take home. AUTM will provide branding with your company logo near four water stations in high-traffic meeting spaces.
Benefits include:
  • One-cooler sponsor logo on water bottles handed out at the AUTM registration desk
  • One-cooler sponsor logo near four water coolers in the high-traffic meeting spaces
  • Three complimentary meeting registrations
Sponsor: $15,000
 
Industry/Academia – Connect & Collaborate Session Sponsor
Monday, March 9, 1:45 – 5:30 p.m.

The Industry/Academia – Connect & Collaborate Session provides a unique venue for members of industry and academia worldwide to socialize, connect and discuss areas of interest. Industry attendees will have an opportunity to introduce themselves to their academic and governmental counterparts and provide information on their companies and partnering interests. By hosting this forum, AUTM aims to encourage industry and academia to make connections early in the conference for maximum benefit.
Benefits include:
  • Complimentary meeting registrations (based on level of sponsorship)
  • Signage with logo at the entrance of the session room
  • Hospitality tale outside meeting room (available upon request)
Co-Sponsor: $7,500
(One complimentary registration)
 
Industry/Academia – Connect & Collaborate Networking Reception Sponsor
Monday, March 9, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The Industry/Academia – Connect & Collaborate Networking Reception follows the session. The reception will allow participants an opportunity to continue networking one-on-one. The reception sponsor will receive added visibility since this reception will be held in the exhibit hall.
Benefits include:
  • Complimentary meetings registrations (based on level of sponsorship)
  • Signage with logo at the entrance of the Industry/Academia – Connect & Collaborate Networking Reception
  • Signage with logo near bars during the reception
  • Hospitality table outside meeting room (available upon request)
Co-Sponsor: $7,500
(One complimentary registration)

Opening Plenary Featuring Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Monday, March 9, 8 – 10 a.m.

This sponsorship associates your organization’s name with a high-profile guest, and helps pay for speaker fees, travel stipends and honoraria. Though AUTM’s Program Committee retains full responsibility for selecting plenary speakers, sponsors will be apprised of the group’s interests.
Benefits include:
  • Opportunity to introduce moderator at podium (script provided by AUTM)
  • Acknowledgement at sponsored plenary session
  • Two complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at plenary session
  • Hospitality table at plenary session (available upon request)
Sponsor: $12,500
Co-Sponsor: any amount
(benefits will vary)
 
Plenary Session Sponsor: Venture Capital Panel
Tuesday, March 10, 9:30 – NOON

This sponsorship associates your organization’s name with Tuesday's plenary session featuring a venture capital panel. Though AUTM’s Program Committee retains full responsibility for selecting plenary speakers, sponsors will be apprised of the group’s interests.
Benefits include:
  • Opportunity to greet sponsored speaker and introduce moderator at the podium (script provided by AUTM)
  • Acknowledgement at sponsored plenary session
  • Two complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at the plenary session
  • Hospitality table at the plenary session (available upon request)
Sponsor: $12,500
Co-Sponsor: any amount (benefits will vary)


Wednesday, March 11, 2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

This sponsorship associates your organization's name with the closing plenary session.  Though AUTM's  Program Committee retains full responsibility for selecting plenary speakers, sponsors will be apprised of the groups interest. 
Benefits include:
  • Opportunity to greet sponsored speaker and introduce speaker at podium (script provided by AUTM​)​
  •  Acknowledgement at sponsored speaker's plenary session
  •  Two complimentary meeting registrations
  •  Signage with logo at the plenary session
  •  Hospitality table at the plenary session (available upon request)
Sponsor: $12, 500
Co-Sponsor: any amount (benefits will vary)

 

The AUTM Annual Meeting will feature our powerful online partnering and networking tool, AUTM Connect. AUTM Connect enables attendees to create detailed organizational and personal profiles, search effortlessly for other attendees, send and receive messages, discover licensing and collaboration opportunities and nimbly schedule one-on-one meetings. Last year, the partnering system hosted more than 2,000 attendee profiles representing more than 1,000 organizations and more than 19,000 technologies available for licensing. Attendees used AUTM’s partnering tool to schedule more than 9,000 meetings and post more than 200 documents and videos. Given the increased interest in partnering and dealmaking, AUTM anticipates networking and business opportunities to increase in 2020.
Benefits include:
  • Two complimentary meeting registrations
  • Prominent signage with logo outside the partnering meeting room(s)
  • Prominent logo placement on email marketing that pertains specifically to partnering
  • Prominent logo placement within partnering software digital screen display
  • Hospitality table in a high-traffic area (available upon request)
Co-Sponsor: $10,000
Optional Upgrade for $5,000

For an extra fee, AUTM can offer each AUTM Connect co-sponsor a private meeting room at the hotel where partnering meetings can be schedule. Private partnering rooms will be available on Monday, March 9 through Wednesday March 11. This upgrade also includes an additional complimentary registration. 

Fireside Chat Sponsor
Sunday, March 8,  10, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The Fireside Chat is a high-profile opportunity for a thought leader in the field of technology transfer to answer questions posed by a moderator. This year’s Fireside Chat speaker will be Judge Paul Michel.
Benefits include:
  • Opportunity to greet sponsored speaker and introduce speaker at podium (script provided by AUTM)
  • Acknowledgement at sponsored speaker’s general session
  • Two complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at Fireside Chat
  • Hospitality table at Fireside Chat (available upon request)
Sponsor: $10,000

AUTM Pitch and Play Venture - Challenge Sponsor
Tuesday, March 10, 2 – 5:15 p.m.

The AUTM Pitch and Play – The Venture Challenge sponsor provides attendees the opportunity to interact with some of the top institutional and corporate venture investors in the country. The forum consists of two events: a venture capital (VC) panel discussion and a Pitch and Play Business Plan Competition. The VC panel will offer a moderated question-and-answer session that will help academic institutions and their affiliated new ventures understand the venture capital perspective and more effectively work together to build value in our university affiliated technology companies. The Business Plan Competition will offer a rare opportunity to hear feedback on pitches. Learn what worked, what didn’t and why. Our panel of seasoned venture investors will judge the business plan competition, where university related startup companies compete for a $10,000 cash prize.
Benefits include:
  • Two complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at Venture Challenge
  • Hospitality table outside meeting room (available upon request)
Co-Sponsor: $10,000

Sunscreen Sponsor 
 If you are planning on spending any time exploring the San Diego area, don't forget the sunscreen! With mild, sunny weather throughout the year, San Diego offers so many opportunities to be outside when sessions are not occurring. Sign up for this sponsorship option today!
Benefits include:
  • Full color sponsor logo on mini sunscreen bottles distributed to all meeting attendees
  • Two complimentary meeting registrations
Sponsor: $10,000

Screen Cleaner/Phone Sanitizer Sponsorship 

 Tired of seeing fingerprints on your phone screen? This sponsored item allows attendees to quickly sanitize and clean their phone screens. It will get plenty of use onsite at the meeting and beyond. 
Benefits include:
  • One-color sponsor logo on 2-in-1 screen cleaner/sanitizer distributed to all meeting attendees
  • Two complimentary meeting registrations 
Sponsor: $10,000

Hotel Keycard/Sleeve Sponsor
Place your company’s logo in attendees’ pockets. Sponsor the hotel keycards or sleeves at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego and your company logo is the last one AUTM attendees will see before turning in each night.
Benefits include:
  • Three complimentary meeting registrations
  • Four-color sponsor logo on room keys distributed to all attendees staying at the AUTM headquarters hotel (artwork must be provided by sponsor and must be in accordance with keycards specifications)
Keycard Sponsor: $15,000
Sleeve Sponsor: $10,000


Booths, Bites and Bubbles – Exhibit Hall Meet and Greet Reception Sponsor
Sunday, March 8, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Help us kick-off the meeting with an all-attendee Meet and Greet Reception in the exhibit hall. It’s your first chance to learn about the exhibitors’ products and services while networking with other attendees.
Benefits include:
  • Complimentary meeting registrations (based on level of sponsorship)
  • Signage with logo outside the exhibit hall
  • Hospitality table outside the exhibit hall (available upon request)
Sponsor: $10,000
(Two complimentary registrations)
Co-Sponsor: $5,000
(One complimentary registration)

First-Time Attendees Networking Event Sponsor
Sunday, March 8, 4 – 5:00 p.m.

A great networking option for both sponsors and first-time attendees, this networking event will include a review of the conference program and will underscore specific educational and networking opportunities as well as other meeting highlights. The partnering software will be reviewed to maximize attendees’ networking capabilities, and membership benefits will be discussed.  
Benefits include:
  • Complimentary meeting registrations (based on level of sponsorship)
  • Signage with logo at First-Time Attendees event
  • Hospitality table outside the meeting room (available upon request)
Co-Sponsor: $5,000
(One complimentary registration)

Networking Breakfast/Lunch Sponsor
Sponsor one of the many food functions that take place at the meeting. Your organization’s name will be on signage at these functions that most attendees attend. Availability of these cost-effective and high-impact opportunities are limited, so plan now to reserve this sponsorship for your organization.
Benefits include:
  • Signage with logo at selected food function
  • Complimentary meeting registrations (based on level of sponsorship)
  • Hospitality table at selected event (available upon request)
Lunch (Monday or Wednesday): $10,000
(Two complimentary registrations)
Breakfast (Monday): $5,000
(One complimentary registration)
Coffee Breaks (2 breaks on Tuesday): $5,000
(One complimentary registration)


As the official AUTM Twitter sponsor, you will be recognized on the meeting website, on the Twitter feed, and in tweets and promotional materials sent by AUTM to attendees prior to the meeting. There will also be a monitor, branded with your company logo, displayed near a high-traffic area, which will show a live stream of tweets throughout the meeting.  
Benefits include:
  • One complimentary meeting registration
  • Four-color sponsor logo prominently displayed on the Twitter Board screen
  • Four-color sponsor artwork displayed alongside the screen (artwork must be approved by AUTM staff)
  • Information about the Twitter Board will be included in the printed program including the sponsor’s logo
Sponsor: $7,500

Web Banner Sponsor
Place your banner prominently on the AUTM Annual Meeting home page of the AUTM website and get your message out. Web banners will be posted for four months prior to the annual meeting. Banner placement at the discretion of AUTM.
Benefits include:
  • Prominent position of web banner on annual meeting home page
  • One complimentary meeting registration
Sponsor: $5,000


Tuesday, March 10, 2 -  3 p.m.

Following the Canadian Lunch, AUTM will offer programming focused on the unique challenges Canadian technology transfer offices are facing. 
Benefits include:
  • Complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at entrance of the session room
  • Hospitality table during the reception (available upon request)
Sponsor: $5,000
 
Canadian Networking Reception Sponsor
Tuesday, March 10, 3 – 4 p.m.

An afternoon of Canadian-specific programming will be followed by a networking reception.
Benefits include:
  • Complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at entrance of the reception room
  • Hospitality table during the reception (available upon request)
Sponsor: $5,000

Private Partnering Table Sponsor
Interested in having a dedicated table for your partnering meetings? Sponsor a private partnering table and your AUTM Connect scheduled meetings will automatically be assigned to your table.
Benefits include:
  • One complimentary meeting registration
  • Signage with logo at assigned partnering table for the duration of the meeting
Sponsor: $5,000

Closing Reception Sponsor
Wednesday, March 11, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
The Closing Reception will be the final event of the AUTM Annual Meeting. This is the last opportunity to make an impression with attendees as they unwind and exchange contact information with new friends and colleagues.
Benefits include:
  • One complimentary meeting registration
  • Signage with logo at Closing Reception
  • Hospitality table at the Closing Reception (available upon request)
Co-Sponsor: $5,000

Concurrent Session Sponsor
Support the educational mission of AUTM with this single or multiple track sponsorship. Exclusive signage acknowledging the Concurrent Sponsor is displayed outside the session rooms.
Benefits include:
  • Signage with logo at entrance of session rooms on day(s) of sponsored concurrent sessions
  • One discounted meeting registration (at the member early rate)
Sponsor: $4,000 per time slot
Note: A few sessions that are offered as exclusive sponsorships will be exclued from this offering, i.e... AUTM Pitch and Play – Venture Challenge, Industry/Academia Connect and Collaborate
 
Branded Meter Board Sponsor  
Use this sponsorship to place your message front-and-center on three eye-catching, double-sided sign located in a high traffic area. Five signs are available.
Benefits include:
  • Double-sided meter board signage (3) placed in a high-traffic area (artwork provided by sponsor and approved by AUTM)
  • One discounted meeting registration (at the member early rate)
Sponsor: $3,500


Tuesday, March 10,  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
This reception is a gathering of international Annual Meeting attendees who have attained the Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) or Candidate RTTP designations, which are recognized around the world. Technology transfer professionals will have the opportunity to network and explain to  candidates the importance and influence of RTTP certification. The RTTP reception is a high-visibility opportunity  for organizations that want to work closely with active international technology transfer offices.  
Benefits include:
  • One discounted meeting registration (at the member early rate)
  • Admission to the reception for up to two delegates from sponsoring organization 
  • Signage with logo at the RTTP Reception
  • Hospitality table at the RTTP Reception (available upon request)
Sponsor: $3,000


(Choose one of three)
Monday, March 9, 10:45 a.m.. - 12:15 p.m. SOLD!
How to Navigate Tech Transfer as a Newcomer
Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Approaches to Training New Hires
Wednesday, March 11, 1 - 2:15 p.m. 
It's Not the Dark Side: True Stories of Crossing Over into Industry  
The Career Development session will provide a venue for participants to learn about the options and pathways available in pursuing a career in technology transfer. These highly interactive sessions will be presented by some of the most experienced professionals in the field and will examine the typical roles and responsibilities involved for entry-,mid-, and senior-level licensing positions and various specialized positions. Presenters and participants will have time to engage in open and dynamic conversations and challenges and opportunity at every level. 
Benefits include:
  • Signage with logo at the entrance of the meeting room
  • Hospitality table outside the meeting room(available upon request)
Sponsor: $1,500 per session

Outreach Fund Sponsor
Have a limited budget? You can still get visibility. Sign-up as an Outreach Fund Sponsor and your logo will be included in the program, on event signage and on the AUTM website. You’ll also receive a final registration list in Excel format to reach those Annual Meeting targets who you didn’t get a chance to connect with in person.
Benefits include:
  • Acknowledgement in the registration/program materials
  • Acknowledgement on general Annual Meeting signage
  • Acknowledgement on AUTM website
Benefactor: $3,500+
Patron: $2,500–$3,499
Friend of AUTM: $1,000–$2,499


Private Partnering Table Sponsor    
Interested in having a dedicated table for your partnering meetings? Sponsor a private partnering table and your AUTM Connect scheduled meetings will automatically be assigned to your table. In order to take advantage of this opportunity you must be a sponsor or exhibitor at the AUTM 2020 Annual Meeting.
Sponsor: $1,000

Push Notification Sponsor 
Send a message to all attendees through the  AUTM Connect app. You can provide a message about your organization, an event you are hosting, or simply a reminder to stop by your booth. In order to take advantage of this opportunity you must be a sponsor or exhibitor at the AUTM 2020 Annual Meeting.
Sponsor: $500 per push notification 
(Limit 3 per day)
 

Professional Development Course Sponsorships

AUTM Marketing Course
Sunday, March 8,  8 a.m.. – 5 p.m.

Although marketing takes many forms from one licensing office to the next, it is always an essential element of every successful technology licensing operation. Some offices are fortunate enough to have trained marketing professionals dedicated to this job. Most do not. Regardless of resources, the goal for this course is to present an overview of marketing concepts and ideas to help participants gain a better understanding of how these concepts can be successfully implemented to enhance overall effectiveness. The AUTM Marketing Course, a full-day educational event that includes a networking breakfast and lunch, will focus on key marketing concepts with heavy emphasis on value proposition, market research and branding.
Benefits include:
  • One complimentary course registration
  • Acknowledgement (logo with link) on the course section of the AUTM website through April 30
  • Signage with logo at entrance of the course room
  • Hospitality table outside course room (available upon request)
  • Acknowledgement on printed annual meeting program and electronic course materials
  • Final course registration list in electronic format (excludes email addresses, per AUTM policy)
Sponsor: $2,500
 
AUTM Technology Valuation Course
Sunday, March 8,  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The AUTM Technology Valuation Course offers the fundamentals of technology valuation as specifically applied to academic licensing. The first half of the course examines basic concepts such as valuation versus pricing and risk, and then covers a series of basic valuation methodologies, including cost, industry standards (comparable), rules of thumb and discounted cash flow and equity. The first segment concludes with a review of payment structures within a license. The second half of the course consists of two case studies derived from real world examples. The class will be divided into groups that will develop license term proposals for the two technologies which will then be discussed by the class.
Benefits include:
  • One complimentary course registration
  • Acknowledgement (logo with link) on the course section of the AUTM website through April 30
  • Signage with logo at entrance of the course room
  • Hospitality table outside course room (available upon request)
  • Acknowledgement on printed Annual Meeting program and electronic course materials
  • Final course registration list in electronic format (excludes email addresses, per AUTM policy)
Sponsor: $2,500

AUTM Advanced Negotiation Course
Tuesday, March 10,  2 – 5:30 p.m.

The AUTM Advanced Negotiation Course is a must-attend for anyone involved in negotiations. The course will explore the art of negotiation with an emphasis on the practical tools and strategies essential for conducting successful negotiations.
Benefits include:
  • One complimentary course registration
  • Acknowledgement (logo with link) on the course section of the AUTM website through April 30
  • Signage with logo at entrance of the course room
  • Hospitality table outside course room (available upon request)
  • Acknowledgement on printed Annual Meeting program and electronic course materials
  • Final course registration list in electronic format (excludes email addresses, per AUTM policy)
Sponsor: $1,500

Note:  Sponsors of the professional development courses will not receive the same benefits as Annual Meeting sponsors. All professional development course sponsorship benefits are specifically designed to provide maximum exposure to professional development audience and are limited to what is listed in the description. 
 


Annual Meeting Sponsors

AstraZeneca
Elanco Animal Health
Osage University Partners
NIIMBL
Burford Capital
Merck
Parker Highlander PLLC
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Marshall Gerstein
Michael Best & Friedrich
LifeArc
Bereskin & Parr LLP
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Oblon
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Eli Lilly and Company
BCC Research
AbbVie
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Blank Rome LLP
MPEG LA LLC
Baker Donelson
Casimir Jones, SC
Royalty Pharma
Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Quarles & Brady LLP
Hodgson Russ LLP
Wellspring
TreMonti Consulting LLC