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AUTM Annual Meeting

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First-time Attendee Briefing
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Sunday, February 10
4:00 p.m.-5:00 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 Andrei Iancu
Sunday, February 10
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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In his role as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world, with more than 12,000 employees and an annual budget of over $3 billion. He is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international intellectual property policy matters. Learn more

Booths, Bites and Bubbles - Exhibit Hall Meet & Greet Reception
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Sunday, February 10
6:30 p.m. – 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 Featuring Leah Busque
Monday, February 11
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Leah Busque has devoted her career to building and scaling technology products that have improved the lives of millions of people around the globe. In 2008, she founded one of the most widely-recognized new consumer technology brands of the past decade with TaskRabbit, the pioneering on-demand marketplace company. Today, she is a General Partner at Fuel Capital, where she invests in early-stage start-ups. Fast Company named her one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Learn more

Industry/Academia Connect and Collaborate  
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Monday, February 11
1:45 p.m. – 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

Leadership Series
Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12
Moderated by AUTM leadership, these sessions are focused on advanced topics for senior tech transfer leadership.
  • Market-driven Technology Transfer: Critical Implications for Academic Tech Transfer
  • How Do You Actually Measure the ROI for Research and Then Communicate the Results?
  • Counting Sucess: Why Metrics Don't Work Anymore
Opening Reception
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Monday, February 11
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Kick-off the Annual Meeting right. This opening reception is a great place to start networking and make new friends. Bring plenty of business cards! You'll need them.

Plenary: VCs Talk Back – The State of Early-Stage Science-Based Venture Capital
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Tuesday, February 12
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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Senior leadership from prominent VC firms (Jim Flynn, Deerfield Management; Jenna Foger, Alexandria Real Estate Equities; Carmichael Roberts, Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Material Impact; and Yoav Tzruya, Jerusalem Venture Partners) 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 topics such as current investment hypotheses; observed best practices from tech transfer offices; the dynamic between scientific founders and CEOs; how to break into a career in venture; working with strategic industry investors; how VCs think about geography and regional economic development; “double bottom line” funds with a social mission; the role IP plays in company funding decisions; IP strategies for start-ups; and emerging experiments for forging deeper ties between VCs and universities. Learn more

Pitch and Play - The AUTM Venture Challenge
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Tuesday, February 12
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 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

AUTM/AdvaMed Medical Device Partnering Forum
Tuesday, February 12
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The AUTM/AdvaMed Partnering Forum is a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the medical device technology sector. Among the highlights will be presentations from industry focusing on success stories. You’ll want to take advantage of this opportunity to network with key stakeholders for your next deal. Learn more

Keynote Featuring Dr. Ayanna Howard
Wednesday, February 13
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Dr. Ayanna Howard is the Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function within a human-centered world. Her work encompasses advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies and robotics. She has been recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider. Learn more

Career Development Forum
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Wednesday, Feb. 13
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Get the 411 on a gig in TT. This highly-interactive session, presented by experienced practitioners, will examine the complex roles and responsibilities that continually evolve and expand in technology transfer. Part of the discussion will focus on the value and experience gained by fluid transitioning among academia, industry and venture space, which is becoming a common career path. Presenters and participants will have time to engage in open and dynamic conversations about challenges and opportunities at every career level – from early to advanced. If you are thinking about your future professional goals or are new to the profession and would like to know about options within the field, this session is for you!

Closing Reception
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Wednesday, February 13
4:30 p.m. – 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 prepare to say goodbye to the Great State of Texas. 

Annual Meeting Sponsors

Elanco Animal Health
Osage University Partners
Relay Medical Corp
Burford Capital
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Parker Highlander PLLC
Pfizer Inc
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
MTI Biotech
Bereskin & Parr LLP
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Eli Lilly and Company
University of Toledo
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP
Blank Rome LLP
Aird & McBurney LP
Fish & Richardson PC
Polsinelli PC
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Pabst Patent Group LLP
CrossPond Law
Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Hodgson Russ LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP
Licensing Executives Society
Royalty Pharma
Husch Blackwell