UW delegation heads to Taiwan for AUTM Asia 2014

By Clare LaFond
UW Center for Commercialization

CC Image courtesy of Francisco Diez on Flickr

CC Image courtesy of Francisco Diez on Flickr

From new discoveries and innovations to forming successful start-up companies, opportunities abound for Asia’s emerging markets. It’s a topic that will be explored in depth this week when a University of Washington delegation travels to Taipei, Taiwan for the annual AUTM Asia conference April 9-11.

AUTM Asia is the international version of the Association of University Technology Managers annual U.S. meeting that brings together researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders and commercialization experts to tackle the latest issues around taking ideas to impact – propelling innovation out of the lab and into the marketplace.

The six-member delegation includes UW President Michael Young, UW Vice Provost of Commercialization Linden Rhoads, Vice Provost of Global Affairs Jeff Riedinger, Chair of Electrical Engineering Vikram Jandhyala, Associate Chair of Research for Electrical Engineering Jenq-Neng Huang, and Director of International Advancement Ray Li. The delegation will also meet with UW supporters, partners and alumni in Taiwan and Japan during the week.

President Young will keynote the opening session of AUTM Asia on April 10, which will focus on the economic impact of innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. Linden Rhoads will participate in an afternoon panel April 10 focusing on start-ups, new ventures and entrepreneurship.

As the top federally funded public research university in the U.S., UW is producing innovations that have the power to change the world—from biofuel alternatives, to more effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and brain cancer, to purification technology for drinking water in the developing world. The UW produced a record 17 new companies in 2013 through the Center for Commercialization (C4C), placing it among the top five schools in the U.S. for startup formation and first in the number of technology licenses executed. Currently, 80 new projects are in the C4C New Ventures startup pipeline.

Follow the AUTM Asia 2014 conversation on Twitter and Facebook this week and hear about the progress UW is making with its partners in Asia to bridge the gap between academic research and commercially relevant innovation.