July 28 – 31
Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
Columbus, Ohio
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*Tentative schedule, program subject to change

Sunday, July 28th

4 – 5 p.m. Registration
5 – 6 p.m. Early Bird Reception 

Monday, July 29

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration 
7:30  – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 10 a.m. Plenary I: Third Frontier

Jennifer Dauer, CincyTech
Wayne Embree, Rev1 Ventures, Inc.
Jerry Frantz, Jumpstart
Cheryl Turnbull, The Ohio State University

Cheryl Turnbull, Senior Director of New Venture and Venture Capital within the Technology Commercialization Office at The Ohio State University, will lead a discussion on the Impact of Ohio Third Frontier Programs on the Ohio Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. The Ohio Third Frontier programs are technology-based economic development initiatives supported by the state with a goal to transform the economy of Ohio through accelerated growth of diverse start up and early stage technology companies.
10 – 10:30 a.m.     Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon Workshops

A1: International Filings – Where Best to File, and Tips to Save Yourself at Deadline (Esp. If You Accidentally Missed It!)

Catharina Casper, Lorenz Seidler Gossel
John Cocumelli, The Ohio State University
Eagle Robinson, Norton Rose Fulbright
Evangellos “Van” Vekris, Marks & Clerk Canada

Some say that the number of international patents filed by a university is a measure of technology transfer activity. But costs can explode; knowing where to file and when the deadlines are is critical for obtaining value for investment. In this session, we’ll discuss international patenting strategies and non-traditional opportunities, and certain important deadlines. The panel will also address opportunities to file “late” if a deadline is accidentally missed. 

A2: The Blockchain Impact on Tech Transfer: An Introduction and Why It Matters
Jean Baker, Quarles & Brady LLP
Isabella Ortiz, Northwestern University
Nathan Rees, Norton Rose Fulbright
Svetlana Vranic-Sowers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
We're all hearing about the impact that Blockchain and distributed ledger storage will have on a myriad university technologies. This session will bring you up-to-speed with a straightforward description of the technology and the changing US legal landscape. We'll cover the many aspects of the growing Blockchain platform - from cryptocurrency through fundamental changes in contracts, licenses, and life science implications.
Noon – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch
1:30 – 3 p.m. Workshops

B1: How to Stay Out of the New York Times (And What To Do Once You’re There)

Scott Elmer, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital  
Kathleen Dunn, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Scott Long, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Matthew McFarland, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Last year, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and its leadership were the focus of a series of front page articles in the New York Times. The articles highlighted institutional and individual conflict of interest issues related to the creation of a start-up company, institutional representation on company boards and the nondisclosure of financial relationships with for-profit companies. The fallout was serious. In this session, we’ll discuss the issues raised by these articles and how to address them with compliance experts from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

B2: In the Weeds: Navigating Cannabis-based Research Opportunities and IP Protection in the Federal Prohibition World

Jeffrey Myers, Michigan State University
Jude Wilkinson, Indiana University
Dale Hunt, Plant & Planet Law Firm
Heidi Nebel, McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC
Melanie Sharman Rowand, Torys LLP
Inquiring minds want to know the impact of the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 or Farm Bill, legalizing production of hemp, and cannabis in several US states and other countries. Are you curious whether the cultivation and biopharma sectors can be a realistic, major source of novel and non-obvious research and innovation? If you are, then the next question to answer is: how does your university participate given a risk-averse, research environment? In this session we’ll offer some insight on navigating your way through the “weeds.
3 – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Plenary II: Newest News Now!​

Charles Valauskas, Valauskas Corder, LLC

Shauna Brummet, The Ohio State University
Jonathan Gortat, Office of Technology Management The University of Illinois at Chicago
Jason Hynes, Bereskin & Parr LLP
Andrea Wall, University of Calgary, Innovate Calgary
Chuck Williams, University of Oregon
This session is all about current tech transfer topics, delivered in a quick-hit style. Presentations will cover five areas selected from the universe of current domestic and international business, legal, and technical topics Presenters will respond to attendees’ questions and comments during a Q&A. We anticipate that the conversations started here will continue to flow into the Opening Reception that follows.
5:30 – 7 p.m.  Opening Reception

Tuesday, July 30

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 10 a.m.     Workshops

C1: Big Picture Marketing — Tools and Strategies to Promote Commercialization

Tamara Wilgers, University of Missouri-St. Louis
James De Long, Innovation Interchange
Rick Hoyt, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Nichole Mercier, Washington University in St. Louis
Cynthia Sequin, Purdue Research Foundation
When you think of technology marketing, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a one-page tech brief and a traditional marketing campaign – identifying companies, finding contacts, sending materials and hoping to get a response. But industry insiders note that this brand of marketing is not always effective and tech briefs are not always consumed in the manner anticipated by university TTOs. So, why do TTOs continue to run these marketing campaigns? In this session, we’ll explore and evaluate exciting new approaches to ultimately bring university technologies and licensees together.

C2: All About Antibodies – How Tech Transfer Offices Can Keep Up with the Changing Rules of Protecting Immunological Inventions      
Gwendolyn Humphreys, Northwestern University
Angeline Rose Babel, Quarles & Brady
Victoria Sutton, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Thelma Tennant, University of Chicago
Antibodies are used in various commercial applications ranging from research tools to therapeutics. The diversity and biological complexity of these assets requires a unique approach. Depending on the commercial path, securing intellectual property rights to the antibody composition and uses may be required. There may also be specific considerations for licensing of antibodies. In this panel, speakers will present an overview on antibody biology and explain why companies have leveraged the unique properties of antibodies for therapeutic use. We will focus on recent changes to case law and how this has impacted claiming antibodies in a patent application. A practical discussion on how tech transfer offices are developing strategies to manage antibody inventions will round-out the session.
10 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. AUTM Welcome Address
Marc Sedam, University of New Hampshire and AUTM Chair-Elect
Marc Sedam, AUTM’s Chair-Elect, welcomes you to Columbus and shares his vision for AUTM – from advocacy initiatives to increased partnering opportunities and strategic planning.
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Workshops

D1: Applying Storytelling to Your Daily Routine

Linda Kawano, GroupOptima
Anne Di Sante, Michigan State University    
Join us for a facilitated, hands-on session where you’ll learn to create a business story. We will focus on the segments of technology transfer that benefit from making a connection with a business partner and/or audience, such as pitching an invention, moving negotiations forward, selling a business opportunity, compelling investment in a start-up, and establishing a relationship with an inventor. We’ll share a simple template for constructing your story and, time permitting, share what we’ve learned as a group.

D2: What Companies are Looking for in University Tech Transfer and Research Engagements
Jeffrey Myers, Michigan State University
Jonathan Ho, Corteva Agriscience
Rick Hoyt, Mallinkrodt Pharmaceuticals
Lucas Huntimer, Elanco
Hajime Kusano, Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation
Candace Seeve, TechAccel
Sharon Semones, Eli Lilly and Company
Matt Takvorian, Absolute Antibody/Kerafast
Learn what industry representatives, from a broad cross section of fields, are seeking from university licensing and collaborative research partnerships. Companies will pitch their wants and needs to attendees at a rapid-fire pace. Participants will gain insights on connecting with the right industry colleagues for licensing and collaborative research opportunities.
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch with the Industry Experts

Christine Furstoss, GE Additive
Josh Hoffman, Cover My Meds
Patty Huddle, Columbus 2020
Lucas Huntimer, Elanco
Christopher Johnson, AEP
Dave Ralph, Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jenny Sabo, The J.M. Smucker Company
Sharon Semones, Eli Lilly and Company
Michael Stevens, Columbus/Smart City
Matt Takvorian, Absolute Antibody/Kerafast
Bruce Weinberg, The Ohio State Universit
1:30 – 3 p.m.     Workshops

E1: University IP Policies: Do They Work as Universities Hope They Work?

Charles Valauskas Valauskas Corder, LLC,
Cheryl Horst, NUtech Ventures
Joseph Jankowski, Case Western Reserve University
Vaughn Schmid, University of Minnesota     
In this session, you’ll get an overview of University IP Policy topics, including software ownership, know-how, tangible research properties, as well as how to handle the developments of visiting researchers. We’ll cover whether a policy is legally effective, and offer an interactive session on how to change an IP policy.

E2: University Industry Relations 101

Eagle Robinson, Norton Rose Fulbright
Lucas Huntimer, Elanco
Sharon Semones, Eli Lilly and Company
Matt Takvorian, Absolute Antibody/Kerafast                       
It’s middle school dance time and we want to talk about how we can help get everybody off of the walls and into the middle of the floor. Hear directly from an industry panel some effective ways to open discussions, get the ball rolling, and develop contacts that benefit both our technologies and your current and future commercial partners.
3 – 3:30 p.m.  Networking Break
3:30 – 5 p.m. Plenary III: AUTM Central Region Trivia Contest
Charles Valauskas, Valauskas Corder, LLC
If you think you have what it takes, or just want to meet some new people, join us for what promises to be a fun hour or two. Who knows, you may even learn something. Charles Valauskas and his merry band of graders return with a few more tricks to keep the crowd entertained at the perennial favorite returning for its 14th year!
6:30 – 9 p.m. Offsite Reception

16-Bit Bar + Arcade
254 S. 4th Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215          
Enjoy a night of fun playing vintage arcade games and pinball with a backdrop of 80's movie classics.

Note: If you would like to attend the Offsite Reception at 16 Bit Bar + Arcade, meet in the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel lobby at 6:15 p.m. to walk to the venue with our group. If you would prefer to go by car, feel free to reserve an Uber or Lyft. If you choose to walk there on your own, take 3rd Street toward E. Lynn Street, turn left onto E. Broad Street, and turn right onto S. 4th Street. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, July 31

7:30 – 10 a.m. Registration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 10 a.m.     Workshops

F1: Finding Mr. or Ms. Right: The True Story of a TTO’s Efforts to Find a Commercial Partner

David McClure, Texas Tech University
Mahalaxmi Krishnamurthy, University of Tennessee Research Foundation
DJ Nag, Ventech Solutions 
Heidjer Staecker, TreMonti Consulting, LLC  
The University of Tennessee Medical Center experienced an increased rate of blood stream infections in patients with histories of IV drug abuse caused by patient-tampered catheter lines. A University of Tennessee faculty member used a 3D printer to create an inexpensive tamper-evident lock box that solved the problem. The issue: what is the most efficient and effective way to get this new product to market? We’ll explore the different ways that technology transfer offices market their inventions and network to find the right partner to commercialize innovative ideas in a niche market.

F2: Releasing University IP to the Inventors

Jeffrey Peterson, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Ashok Choudhury, Vanderbilt University
Brian Cummings, Alta Global Ventures
Gregory Stein, Tulane University
When an institution decides not to file or continue prosecution of a faculty invention, the inventor may disagree and seek the right to pursue an invention solo. In such cases, having a clear process for releasing intellectual property (IP) rights is important to meet the needs of the institution, inventor and any future assignees of the inventor. In this session, we’ll discuss the considerations made prior to the release of IP, related Bayh-Dole issues, the timing and scope of a release, avoiding negative consequences, and financial interests in a released invention.
10 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon The Howard Bremer Memorial Plenary: The Changing Face of Technology Transfer​

Jennifer Gottwald, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Dorothy Air, Partnerships Playbook Consulting
Wayne Embree, Rev1 Ventures, Inc.
Arjun Sanga, WiSys
Marc Sedam, University of New Hampshire and AUTM Chair-Elect

Exactly how has our profession changed? Let us count the ways. The alignment of goals, expectations and outcomes between TTOs and university leadership is ever-evolving. Relationships with other entrepreneurial entities, both on campus and in the community, have grown, and not always in collaborative ways. The basics of how we do our jobs of patenting, licensing and starting companies is not the same now as when Bayh-Dole went into effect in 1980. And can you say economic development? Identifying how our profession has morphed is one thing, understanding how to operate efficiently within the changes is another. In this session, we’ll get expert perspectives on the shifting landscape – where we are and where we’re headed.
Noon Meeting Adjourns