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AUTM Annual Meeting

Reach Your Target Audience with Sponsorship

For more than 40 years, AUTM has provided essential education for technology transfer professionals - helping them meet the ever-increasing demands of the field and advancing the understanding of how their work improves the quality of life around the globe. The four-day Annual Meeting provides educational and partnering opportunities for more than 1,700 technology transfer professionals, researchers, and intellectual property experts from around the world.

As a sponsor of the AUTM 2019 Annual Meeting, you will provide valuable conference support and leadership to the industry’s largest gathering of technology transfer professionals. You will be well positioned to connect with important stakeholders, increase your brand visibility with your target audience, and share your expertise and thought leadership. There is no better investment of your marketing dollars when it comes to connecting with the industry’s influencers and decision makers. Contact AUTM for a sponsorship package tailored to fit your needs.
Download our sponsorship brochure and contract

All Annual Meeting Sponsorship Includes:

  • Logo on all general meeting signage
  • Acknowledgement in the registration program/materials
  • Company listing in the registration/program materials
  • Verbal acknowledgement during opening plenary session (for $10,000 sponsors and higher)
  • An invitation to the Sponsors’ Luncheon
  • An invitation to the Chairs’ Reception
  • Acknowledgement on AUTM website — reserve early for the greatest impact!
  • A pre- and post- registration mailing list in Excel format for one-time use (excludes email addresses, per AUTM policy)
Note: AUTM reserves the right to review and approve sponsor mailing materials before providing a mailing list.


Event Scheduling 

If you plan to hold hospitality functions or social events at the AUTM 2019 Annual Meeting, they must be pre-approved by AUTM in writing. Social functions are only allowed during program-free hours and must not conflict with any of AUTM's educational sessions, special programs, social and themed events, including receptions and meals provided by AUTM. Failure to comply may result in denial of participation in all future AUTM events.  

AUTM recommends scheduling your event for the evening of Tuesday, February 12. Refer to the preliminary schedule of events for additional options if you choose to host a function on an alternate date.

Multi-Year and/or Multi-Event Sponsorship Package Discount 
Maximize the value of your sponsorship package: Reserve your sponsorship package for two years and/or multiple AUTM events or publications to receive a discount. For more information, email Madhuri Carson, or call +1-847-686-2362.

Click below to find out more about the sponsorship option of your choice: 
Opening Reception Sponsor
Monday, February 11, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Make a strong impression at this popular event. The Opening Reception offers an energetic environment for renewing relationships, making new contacts and catching up on developments in the profession.
Benefits include:
  • One complimentary 10’ x 10’ exhibit booth
  • Five complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at Opening Reception
  • Hospitality table at Opening Reception (available upon request)
Sponsor: $25,000
  
Partnering Pod Sponsor     NEW!
Want to have the flexibility of having private partnering meetings in a dedicated space? Then this sponsorship is for you. A Partnering Pod sponsorship will give you the flexibility you need. It’s a small meeting room that gives you the space to host one-on-one partnering meetings or host slightly larger meetings in a private setting. Book your meetings via AUTM Connect™ and have your meetings automatically assigned to your private Partnering Pod. Pods are extremely limited so reserve yours now!
Benefits include:
  • Signage with logo outside Partnering Pod (located within the Partnering Place)
  • Hospitality table outside partnering Pod (available upon request)
  • Opportunity to place branded items in Partnering Pod (at sponsor’s expense)
Large Pod Sponsor ( 14 meters x 9 meters): $25,000
(Five complimentary meeting registrations)
Small Pod Sponsor (9 meters x 7 meters): $20,000
(Four complimentary meeting registrations)

Networking Lounge Sponsor NEW!
What better place to have a networking lounge than in a high traffic area at the host hotel? 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 Networking Lounge (at sponsor’s expense)
Sponsor: $20,000
 
Professional Headshot Station Sponsor  NEW!
Every meeting attendee wants to be recognized as a professional. What better way to get that feeling than with a professional headshot. Sponsor this station and a digital image will be available for attendees to use copy-right-free on their websites, social media, and other marketing pieces.
Benefits include:
  • Three complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at the Headshot Station
  • Hospitality table at the Headshot Station (available upon request)
  • Opportunity to place branded items in the Headshot Station (at sponsor’s expense)
Sponsor: $15,000
 
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

Opening Plenary Featuring Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Monday, February 11, 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
 
Plenary Session Sponsor
Wednesday, February 13, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This sponsorship associates your organization’s name with the plenary/roundtable session. Though AUTM’s Program Committee retains full responsibility for selecting plenary/roundtable speakers, sponsors will be apprised of the group’s interests.
Benefits include:
  • Opportunity to 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)

Fireside Chat Sponsor
Sunday, February 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 confirmed in the fall.
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

Venture Challenge Sponsor
Tuesday, February 12, 2 – 5:30 p.m.

The Venture Challenge sponsor will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with some of the top institutional and corporate venture investors in the country. The forum will consist 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
  
Hotel Keycard Sponsor
Place your company’s logo in attendees’ pockets. Sponsor the hotel keycards at JW Marriott Austin and your company logo is the last one AUTM attendees will see before turning in each night.
Benefits include:
  • Two 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)
Sponsor: $10,000

Booths, Bites and Bubbles – Exhibit Hall Meet and Greet Reception Sponsor
Sunday, February 10, 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, February 11, 4 – 5:30 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 t First-Time Attendees event
  • Hospitality table outside the meeting room (available upon request)
Sponsor: $10,000
(Two complimentary registrations)
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 (Wednesday): $10,000
(Two complimentary registrations)
Lunch Co-Sponsorship (Monday): $5,000
(One complimentary registration)
Breakfast (Wednesday): $5,000
(One complimentary registration)

Twitter Board Sponsor
Looking for a savvy way to spend your marketing dollars and get noticed by AUTM Annual Meeting attendees? Sponsor the AUTM Twitter Board. One large screen monitor located in a high-traffic, high-visibility area within the meeting space will display your company logo prominently on top of the screen. The Twitter Board will be an eye-catching display of all tweets that mention the AUTM Annual 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
 
Canadian Networking Reception Sponsor
Tuesday, February 12, 4 – 5 p.m.

An afternoon of Canadian-specific programming will be followed by a networking reception.
Benefits include:
  • Complimentary meeting registrations (based on level of sponsorship)
  • Signage with logo at entrance of the reception room
  • Hospitality table during the reception (available upon request)
Sponsor: $5,000
(One complimentary registration)
Co-Sponsor: $1,500
(Limited to three co-sponsors; complimentary registration does not apply at this level)

Private Partnering Table Sponsor NEW!
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, February 13, 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 timeslot
 
Branded Meter Board Sponsor  NEW!
(Five Available)
Use this sponsorship to place your message front-and-center on this eye-catching, double-sided sign located in a high traffic area. Five signs are available.
Benefits include:
  • Double-sided meter board signage 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

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    NEW!
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 2019 Annual Meeting.
Sponsor: $1,000

Push Notification Sponsor 
Send a message through AUTM Connect to all attendees that have downloaded the 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 2019 Annual Meeting.
Sponsor: $500 per push notification 
(Limit 3 per day)
 

Professional Development Course Sponsorships

AUTM Marketing Course
Sunday, February 10, 7 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 function. 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, February 10, 7 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 (comparables), 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, February 12, 12:45 – 5 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


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