Out of service: Online invention disclosure & materials transfer

Update: All services restored as of Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Due to unplanned technical issues, the Office of Technology Management is unable to process online invention disclosures and materials transfer agreements (MTAs). We expect service to be restored by Tuesday, May 5, 2020. If you need immediate assistance, please note our staff members are working […]

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Update from WashU Tech Transfer

NOTE: This message is NOT from Information Technology. For computer assistance, please visit: it.wustl.edu. Dear WashU innovators, The Office of Technology Management staff members are working remotely and remain committed to serving your needs. Please start with email as you interact with our team. If you don’t you get a response within 24 hours, email […]

Revving up immune system may help treat eczema

WashU Innovator Brian Kim

A drug strategy aimed at revving up the immune system and boosting a type of immune cell known as natural killer cells appears, at least in mice, to effectively treat the skin condition eczema. A team led by the School of Medicine’s Brian S. Kim, MD, is behind the strategy.

Celebrating the newest National Academy of Inventors fellows

source.wustl.edu Washington University in St. Louis this year celebrates two new fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. The distinction recognizes their prolific and innovative work and their contributions, which have had tangible, positive impacts on society. The two new honorees are Jerome R. Cox Jr., […]

Fall 2019 LEAP Gap Fund Winners Announced

LEAP WashU Gap Fund

By Sydney Everett, skandalaris.wustl.edu/blog On December 5, 2019, for the first time the Skandalaris Center’s Leadership and Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program, better known as LEAP, announced the funded teams the day of cycle finals.  Twenty-five teams from a variety of backgrounds presented their projects and were judged on the potential for license and the impact of […]

$7.5 million to fund pioneering approaches to respiratory disease

Michael J. Holtzman, MD, director of the School of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, has received awards totaling $7.5 million to support innovative research aimed at defining and controlling chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Leadership & Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program (LEAP) deadline

LEAP WashU Gap Fund

WIN UP TO $50,000 — Unleash the impact of your science, advance your research towards commercialization, and develop personal connections with industry experts. >> Register by August 19, 2019. The Leadership and Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program (LEAP) provides industry connections, developmental experience, and funding to research teams with the goal of advancing Washington University in St. […]

A new method for precision drug delivery: painting

Researchers are integrating ultrasound imaging with ultrasound therapy to pave the way for a new kind of drug delivery If traditional drug delivery were a type of painting, it might be akin to paintball. With good aim, a majority of the paint ends on the bullseye, but it also drips and splashes, carrying streams of […]

Potential new therapy for Crohn’s, colitis identified

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) live with frequent, miserable episodes of abdominal pain, diarrhea and in severe cases, rectal bleeding. Standard treatments are aimed at directly suppressing inflammation, but many patients find little relief from such an approach. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a compound that […]

2019 WIT Symposium: Supporting WashU women innovators

More than 160 people — scientists, inventors, venture capitalists, startup CEOs, media and networking pros, and others — attended the Office of Technology Management’s Women in Innovation & Technology (WIT) Symposium Feb. 26. The annual event is aimed at closing the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization at Washington University in St. Louis. The […]

Nichole Mercier: On universities, women and innovation

Nichole Mercier, director of Washington University’s Office of Technology Management, is passionate about achieving gender parity in tech transfer, the practice of bringing scientific discoveries and innovations to market. Though academic women innovators increasingly understand the value of their intellectual capital, the numbers who go on to commercialize their discoveries and found new businesses remain disproportionately low. […]

Boime, Covey named National Academy of Inventors senior members

Developmental biologists recognized for successes in developing therapeutics Developmental biologists Irving Boime, PhD, and Douglas Covey, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have been named senior members of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). They are being recognized for their success in patents, licensing and commercialization, and for producing “technologies that have brought, or […]

Washington University celebrates faculty inventors

Over the past three years, Washington University faculty patent filings through the Office of Technology Management (OTM) increased by more than 60 percent and 20 startups have been formed to license Washington University intellectual property.  In 2017, 92 faculty inventors received an issued patent and, for the first time in the history of the office, it received […]

Yang named editor-in-chief of Photonics Research

Congratulations to patent superstar Lan Yang, who has been named editor-in-chief of Photonics Research, a journal published by The Optical Society (OSA). Her three-year term began Jan. 1. Yang is the Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis. She was recently featured in the WashU Women Innovate […]

Gender parity in tech transfer

The theme of International Women’s Day this past March may have been “gender parity,” but at the rate things are going, women won’t file as many patents as men in a single calendar year until nearly 2100, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. But thanks to research from Washington University in St. Louis, published June 18 in Technology […]

Defect in debilitating neurodegenerative disease reversed in mouse nerves

Source: the Source – April 19, 2018 Scientists have developed a new drug compound that shows promise as a future treatment for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, an inherited, often painful neurodegenerative condition that affects nerves in the hands, arms, feet and legs. The researchers used the compound to treat the nerves of mice harboring the genetic defects that […]

International Women’s Day: Toward gender parity in tech transfer

Source: FUSE – March 8, 2018 Tech transfer has had an immense, positive effect on our nation in terms of growth, economic impact and societal benefit. In 2012 alone, more than $38 billion of net revenue was generated by university technology in the marketplace, according to the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). But these successes have […]