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Institute of Knowledge Transfer, Piedmont Angel Network Two, Southeast TechInventures, BizWorld

New UK-based Tech-Transfer Institute to Launch in May
The Institute of Knowledge Transfer, a newly established non-profit organization promoting tech transfer at UK- and Ireland-based universities, last week said that it will officially open for business on May 9.
In a statement, IKT said that it aims to “bring together the people who help to turn world-class research in science, the arts, and social sciences into products and processes that can enhance the competitiveness of the UK and Ireland.”
IKT will operate largely electronically, but will have an administrative base in London at the Society of Chemical Industries, with which it will collaborate.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England has awarded the institute a development grant of £480,000 ($940,000), IKT said.

NC-based Angel Invests in Area Tech-Transfer Accelerator
Venture capital fund Piedmont Angel Network Two last week said that is has invested an undisclosed amount in Southeast TechInventures, a technology accelerator formed to convert university research into products, services, and new technologies.
STI, based in Research Triangle Park, NC, works with university-based inventors in the areas of biotechnology, including medical devices and bioengineering; display technologies, IT, and nanotechnology.
PAN Two, based in Greensboro, NC, said that this is its third investment, and that it expects to announce a fourth deal next month. The Piedmont Angel Network, of which PAN Two is a component, has invested more than $5 million in fourteen companies since 2002.

Entrepreneurship Journal to Publish Special Issue on University Spin-Out Incubation
The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management last week published a call for papers for a special issue on university spin-out incubation to be published next year.
The special issue, to be called “Innovative University Programs in Technology Business Incubation,” will be guest-edited by Sarfraz Mian of the State University of New York, and will feature research and case studies exploring innovative models of university technology incubation.
Potential topics suitable for review include business/technology incubators and accelerators; technology parks; business/industry/venture centers; venture funding institutes; and tech-transfer programs and offices.
Submitted manuscripts are due Sept. 30, 2007, and notification of acceptance will occur Aug. 30, 2008, according to IJEIM. More information on the issue can be found here.

Scientific Publisher Launches Tech-Transfer Implementation Newsletter
BizWorld last week said that it has launched Technology Transfer Tactics, a monthly advisory providing advice on implementing and growing technology transfer, research commercialization, and translational research.
Each month, the 16-page newsletter will cover topics such as: increasing invention flow and disclosures; triaging and assessing patent applications; marketing innovations more effectively to corporations and inventors; strengthening licensing, royalty, and joint-venture agreements; and developing and managing spinouts and startups.

The premiere issue is available for download now here.

BizWorld is a privately held scientific publishing company headquartered in Naples, Fla.

The Scan

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Anne Schuchat to Retire

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US to Share More Vaccines

CNN reports that the US will share 20 million doses of the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines with other countries.

PNAS Papers on Gene Therapy Platform, Aspergillus Metabolome, Undernutrition Model Microbiome

In PNAS this week: approach to deliver protein-based treatments to cells, pan-secondary metabolome of Aspergillus, and more.