Below are two excellent initiatives emphasizing the importance of our nation’s startup economy.
APLU and AAU are presenting a startups conference on the Hill this week. (Nov 14). …Congratulations to both Associations for bringing startup job providers to the Hill. This activity visibly connects jobs and economic development to their home state research universities (participants listed below).
Sessions like this attract delegation attention alerting Congress and staff to the direct connection between their congressional R&D funding and the home state economic development created by its commercialization. Congress favors its R&D but strangely fails to connect its execution with patent strength needed to attract private investment. Once this connection is made, the political importance of patent reliability is visibly demonstrated.
University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase
Hosted by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Universities in partnership with the National Academy of Inventors and VentureWellPlease join us for the inaugural exhibition and reception featuring startups from across the country that grew out of federally-funded university research and are fueling the innovation economy. This event will highlight the important role federally-funded university research plays in fueling entrepreneurship, innovation and impact across the nation.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building
Arizona State University: Gemneo Bioscience (NIH) Cornell University: Combplex (NIH) Indiana University: Graspable (ED IES)Iowa State University: Gross-Wen Technologies (NSF EPSCOR, SBIR)North Carolina State University: Tethis (DOE, USDA) New York University: Geopipe (NSF, NSF SBIR I) Pennsylvania State University: Phospholutions (USDA) Rice University: SNOWater (NSF)Stony Brook University: Traverse Biosciences (NIH STTR)Texas A&M University: Stand2Learn (CDC SBIR) Texas Tech University: Flow Raider (NSF)University of California, Davis: Cognivive (NIH) University of California, San Diego: Tri-D Dynamics (NASA, NSF, NSF I-Corps)University of Cincinnati: Eccrine Systems (DoD) University of Colorado, Boulder: ReForm(NSF, USAID, NIH SBIR I)University of Kansas: Digital Nanogenetics (NSF, NIH) University of Maryland: IonQ (DNI IARPA, NSF) University of Michigan: FlexDex (NSF)University of South Florida: Hemolix (NSF)Virginia Tech: Acomhal Research (NIH)Washington State University: 915 Labs (NASA, DoD)
AND on another start up front.
ElliptiGO’s Brian Pate has written an excellent Op-Ed about his startup. It appeared in widely read Morning Consult. Nov 6th and is linked below.
Here is an excerpt encouraging passage of the Coons Cotton STRONGER Patents’Act.
“That’s why I’m concerned about the spate of Supreme Court cases and legislation that have weakened U.S. patent rights over the past decade. These efforts have caused the U.S. to fall from first to 10th place on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s global index of patent system strength. We’re now tied with Hungary. Not surprisingly, venture capital is fleeing to Europe and China, with our share of global venture capital investment falling from 83 percent in 1996 to near 50 percent today. If we don’t stop this trend, our economy and global competitiveness will be severely harmed. Fortunately, there is bipartisan legislation currently on the table that would be a good first step towards strengthening our patent system. The “STRONGER Patents Act,” introduced by U.S. Sens. Chris Coons and Tom Cotton in June, would make it easier for patent holders to obtain injunctions so they can stop infringers from profiting off their theft while cases play out in court. It would also treat patents like any other property, as our nation’s founders intended when they included patent rights in the U.S. Constitution. Reinstating those rights would lower the risks for potential startup founders and encourage more people to bet on themselves and their innovations. It is the kind of trajectory we need to put our patent system on if we want to re-invigorate our startup culture.” STRONGER #Patents Act.