September 19-20
Motif Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Conflicting Events
Attendees of the Western Region Meeting will be required, as a condition of their participation, not to host conflicting events. Private events should not conflict with any of AUTM’s educational sessions, special programs, social and themed events, including receptions and meals provided by AUTM. Participants should review the meeting program for potential conflicts before scheduling their events.

*Tentative schedule, program subject to change

Thursday, September 19

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Registration 
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.   Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.       AUTM Welcome Address

Speaker: Richard Chylla, MSU Technologies
AUTM Chair 

AUTM Chair, Richard Chylla, will welcome you to Seattle, share his vision for AUTM, and discuss the issues AUTM will address in the coming years - from advocacy initiatives to increased partnering opportunities and strategic planning.
8:45 – 10 a.m.       Opening Plenary

The Evolving and Emerging Challenges of Biopharmaceutical Technical Operations and Manufacturing: a Perfect Storm​

The featured speaker, Dr. Patrick Y. Yang, will address the evolving and emerging challenges of biopharmaceutical technical operations and manufacturing. A super star in the bio manufacturing ecosystem, Dr. Yang will offer a forward thinking session on insights into the new generation of bio manufacturing with actionable insights for tech transfer offices. This is a cant-miss discussion.
10 – 10:30 a.m.  Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon   Workshops

Western Region Session: Rainy Day Roundtable

Joseph Janda, Portland State Univrersity

When it rains it pours, and this interactive tech transfer case study brings weather that will have you reaching for an umbrella. We'll present a scenario and some complications and invite you to problem solve. Get your rain boots on and wade in — this real life session crowd-sources the learning and splashes the fun on everyone.

Bio Manufacturing Forum - Innovation in Bio Manufacturing: Leveraging Technology Transfer to Advance the Manufacturing of New Therapeutics
Gregory Theyel, Biomedical Manufacturing Network
Mark Fromhold, Alder Biopharmaceuticals
Eric Huang, Genentech
Eric Klavins, University of Washington
Bio manufacturers are uniquely aware of the challenges faced during the development and manufacturing of biologics, and they have the responsibility to make better, faster, cheaper, and higher quality therapeutics to serving patients. Academia plays a key role in conducting fundamental research and pioneering new technologies; suppliers develop and commercialize new technologies; and regulators ensure that new advancements conform to existing guidelines or develop new guidelines in collaboration with industry. This session will probe how to leverage technology transfer between bio manufacturers, academia, suppliers, and regulators to advance the manufacturing of new therapeutics
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3 p.m.       Western Region Session: Leveraging Federal Funds to Build Your Program

Arundeep Pradhan, Apio Innovation Transfer
Ellen Purpus, University of Nevada Reno

i6, iCorps, IDeA, REACH, FAST, STTR/SBIR and more. Learn how to leverage the alphabet soup of federal funding programs to build technology transfer and entrepreneurship capacity at your institution. In this session, we will discuss current programs, the advantages and pitfalls of applying for federal grants, and strategies for success. You will also learn about valuable tools and techniques to put your best foot forward when making application.

Bio Manufacturing Forum - Bio Manufacturing Showcase and Facilitated Networking
John Balchunas, NIIMBL
Gregory Theyel, Biomedical Manufacturing Network
Chris Yochim, NIIMBL
Participants will learn how the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biologicals (NIIMBL) partners with industry, academia, non-profits, and government agencies; And collaborates on innovative manufacturing technologies that bring these life-saving and life-enhancing products to market faster and at reduced cost, while maintaining safety and efficacy. Industry and academic representatives will have an opportunity to network and engage, while sharing areas of common interest and priority areas for collaboration.  
3 – 3:30 p.m.  Break
3:30 – 5 p.m.       Workshops

Western Region Session: True Cost of Faculty Start-ups

Gage Ramos, Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Start-ups are a costly business to a university. Not only are the transaction costs typically higher than other licenses to complete, but additional costs frequently arise from issues relating to intellectual property protection and efforts to seek reimbursement of those expenses, conflict of interest management, intermediate sanctions, student protection, impacts to sponsored research, and even threatened litigation, just to name a few. These costs will be discussed, as well as ways to communicate and mitigate these issues.

Bio Manufacturing Forum - Emerging Needs in Bio Manufacturing Education and Workforce Development

John Balchunas, NIIMBL
Jason Davis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Guy Hamilton, Shoreline Community College
Jenny Ligon, National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing
Snehal Patel, Juno Therapeutics
The community of education, training, and workforce development professionals are keenly focused on "emerging” technologies such as gene therapy, cell-based therapies, gene editing, and regenerative medicine. Caught up in the race to commercialization, industry and academia are developing new processes, new job classifications, and disruptive technologies that could change the manufacturing paradigm altogether. This session will explore how broad communication, collaboration, and partnership is critical to ensuring tomorrow’s workforce is ready to drive this next wave of technology innovation and adoption.
5 – 6:30 p.m.             Welcome Reception

Socializing face-to-face with colleagues and industry pros has never been easier. Bring business cards!

Friday, September 20

7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Registration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.   Breakfast
8:30 – 10 a.m.  Keynote Speakers
Rhea Coler, Infectious Disease Research Institute
Steve Reed, Infectious Disease Research Institute

Steve Reed, PhD, founder of Infectious Disease Research Institute, and Rhea Coler, PhD, SVP of Preclinical and Translational Science, will discuss IDRI’s partnering model and present a series of case studies in developing products that combat infectious disease across the globe.
10 – 10:30 a.m.  Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon   Workshops

A1: Start-up-Friendly Licensing Practices

Kathy Ku, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosatti
Angela Kujak, University of California at Los Angles
Bryce Pilz, University of Michigan
Brynmor Rees, University of Colorado Boulder

Getting resistance to even the lowest royalty rates? Seeing faculty launch start-ups without taking a license to university IP? Spending lots of time arguing over equity structures? Wondering whether it’s all worth it? Come hear various approaches to start-up licenses, including: when might equity-only deals be appropriate, does a standard start-up license make sense, how to handle patent control for start-ups, different approaches to software or know-how licenses and how to work with the various start-up stakeholders including start-up counsel investors, mentors, business founders, and of course the faculty.

A2: Spinning Out University Service Operations Into For-profit Companies

David Anderson, Ampersand Capital Partners
David Day, Southeast BIO Investor & Partnering Forum
Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners
Kelly Parsons, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Many services centers are established within universities. Some of these grow to the point that they create more revenue than expenses. This is when it’s sometimes appropriate to spin these services out into for-profit companies. Tech transfer offices are often the most appropriate department of the university to lead such transactions. The University of Florida has executed three of these spinouts in recent years. A panel will discuss the benefits and intricacies of such a transaction. Can university-based service centers themselves be spun out? What is the role of the tech transfer office in doing so?
Noon – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch
12:45 – 1:15 pm Direct Enforcement of University IP – A Case Study of UC Santa Barbara’s Enforcement of Patent Rights Against Retailers
Sherylle Mills Englander, UC Santa Barbara
Russell J. Genet, Longford Capital Management, LP
Shawn G. Hansen, Nixon Peabody LLP
Seth D. Levy, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
The University of California is enforcing IP developed at UC Santa Barbara related to filament LED technology through a large scale litigation and licensing campaign.  This campaign has several unique features, with actions pending in federal court and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.  This session will focus on strategies for enforcing university IP rights, using the UC Santa Barbara campaign as a case study. We will discuss the following topics:  obtaining university support for an enforcement campaign, developing an effective enforcement strategy, financing the campaign, and taking control of the public message.
1:30 – 3 p.m. Workshops

B1: Patents In Spaaaaace!

Curt Blake, Spaceflight
Daniel Broderick, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Rob Padilla, NASA Ames Research Center
Brendan Serapiglia, Gates and Cooper LLP
Travis Woodland, Portland State

With commercial commuter spaceflight, resource mining, major increases in satellite launches, and even inter-planetary colonization on the horizon, there are limitless new opportunities for the commercialization of advanced materials, engines, sensors, energy storage, human and biosphere support systems and many other components to safe space activities. 

Historically, technologies destined for space travel have been the purview of governmental organizations (such as NASA and the Air Force) and their contracted equipment suppliers; however, today the commercial space industry is growing at a rapid pace, and licensing technologies to established and start-up companies presents new opportunities and challenges to university tech transfer offices.

B2: New Trends in Open Source Licensing and Why Every TTO Should Care

Kate Downing, Law Offices of Kate Downing
Jeff Jackson, University of California, Santa Cruz
Chris Reed, University of California, Santa Cruz
Chuck Williams, University of Oregon

How does your office handle open source software? Does open source equal public domain? Do you require disclosure? Do you offer dual licenses? Does some of this introduction make you want to scream, "This is not REAL open source!"? In this session we’ll cover a description of OS management systems, including an online tool to let you sleep at night. There will be a discussion of how the industry is waking up to the idea that “open and available to all” might be synonymous with “giving software away for free to the most powerful companies in the history of the world” and mechanisms to leverage that. Also, we will have a discussion of how long-time open source software proponents are learning to love software patents and how that might be managed. 
3 – 3:30 p.m.   Break
3:30 – 5 p.m.         Workshops

C1: Data Licensing: Another Form of IP Licensing

Linda Hansen, Providence Health & Services
Brian Phillips, Seattle Children's Research Institute
Patrick Shelby, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Andrew Watson, Oregon Health & Science University

As tech transfer professionals, we work to further develop and license patented or copyrighted technology. However, there is other IP that we should also pay attention to, such as biological materials and data. Data and accompanying information, especially from clinical trials, can be an undiscovered university asset. One mission of academic research is the dissemination of knowledge, but there remain situations where key data and information do not get published and can have value to the right licensee. In this session, we'll explore the pros and cons of data licensing as a new mechanism for your university to explore. 

C2: Benefits and Challenges to Student Engagement in a TTO

Justin Anderson, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
Doug Hockstad, University of Arizona
Ragan Robertson, University of California, Los Angeles

In the past decade, many tech transfer offices (TTOs) have established fellowship programs for graduate students and postdocs. These programs provide students with exposure to patent and IP law, assessment of early-stage technologies, commercialization, and strategic business development. In exchange, students leverage the technical knowledge from their field of study to support the function of the TTO. In this session, we’ll discuss the wide array of functions handled by TTOs and the models for structuring effective fellowship programs

Titanium Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

Elanco Animal Health
Longford Capital Management
Nixon Peabody LLP

Gold Sponsors

Leydig, Voit & Mayer Ltd
Klarquist Sparkman

Silver Sponsors

Marshall Gerstein
Michael Best & Friedrich
Life Science Washington
WSU Office of Commercialization
Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC
Knowledge Sharing Systems