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AUTM Annual Meeting

What You Positively Should Not Miss

First-time Attendee Briefing
Sponsored in part by 
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.
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
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

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 
Tuesday, February 12
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Senior leadership from prominent VC firms will discuss venture trends that affect university startups. Topics include identifying how certain sectors have performed and why; why some VC funds have different hypotheses about being company formers, vs. seed and “A” round investors, vs. later stage funds; opportunities and pitfalls in working with university technology transfer; University researchers vs. serial entrepreneurs as company founders; fundraising environments for new VC funds, VC roles in local economic development and job creation; predictions for the next big startup ecosystems and more. Learn more

Pitch and Play - The AUTM Venture Challenge
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

MedImmune
Elanco Animal Health
Osage University Partners
Relay Medical Corp
Burford Capital
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Parker Highlander PLLC
Merck
Pfizer Inc
Servier
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
NIIMBL
MTI Biotech
VentureWell
LifeArc
Bereskin & Parr LLP
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
AbbVie
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Novartis
Eli Lilly and Company
University of Toledo
Sanofi
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP
Blank Rome LLP
Aird & McBurney LP
Fish & Richardson PC
Polsinelli PC
MPEG LA LLC
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Pabst Patent Group LLP
Croda
CrossPond Law
Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Hodgson Russ LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP
Wellspring
Licensing Executives Society