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News Bulletin - November, 2012  
WELCOME TO UCLA INVENTS, a monthly bulletin published by the Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) to highlight entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology commercialization at UCLA.
Islet Sciences Announces Exclusive License with UCLA to Commercialize Small Molecules for Islet Expansion
Promising technology to benefit the growing worldwide diabetic community. 

Islet Sciences, a New York-based biotech company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of new technologies in the field of transplantation therapy for patients with diabetes, announced (09/12/12) that it has exclusively licensed technology from the University of California to commercialize an invention for expanding pancreatic islets.

"In the course of research conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Anil Bhushan and Dr. Sangeeta Dhawan have developed a technology entitled 'small molecules for islet expansion,'" stated Dr. Jonathan Lakey , Islet Sciences Chief Scientific Officer. "We are pleased to work with UCLA in bringing this promising technology to the next level as we look to commercialize it to benefit the growing worldwide diabetic community." 

Islet Sciences ]


UCLA Licensee, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Announces Closing of IPO
Kythera Logo
KYTHERA’s product candidate, ATX-101, is an injectable drug currently in Phase III clinical development for the reduction of submental fat.

LOS ANGELES, October 16, 2012 – KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: KYTH) today announced the closing of its initial public offering of 5,060,000 shares of its common stock at an initial public offering price of $16.00 per share, which includes the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase up to 660,000 additional shares of common stock...

Kythera Biopharmaceuticals ]


America Invents Act (AIA) - What UCLA Inventors Need To Know
Sign up for the next Patent Strategy Session Hosted by OIP

Date: Nov. 5, 2012
Time: 3pm
Place: CNSI Auditorium
RSVP: [ web ]

The November seminar will be given by Suzannah K. Sundby [ profile ], a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice of Smith, Gambrell and Russell, LLP. Ms. Sundby has experience assisting start-up biotech companies with the preparation and prosecution of their foundation patents, nondisclosure agreements and related IP issues.

In an effort to guide UCLA inventors through the AIA patent reform transition, the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) has launched a series of seminars to provide clarity on the AIA act, as well as offer strategies for filing robust applications for particular subject matter. 

Event Registration ]


UCLA to Host Student Entrepreneur Venture Competition
The UCLA Engineering Institute for Technology Advancement, in coordination with the UCLA Anderson School of Management, recently announced a $50,000 Student Entrepreneur Venture Competition (SEVC). 

Competition Snapshot:
  • Open to all registered UCLA students (undergraduate and graduate).
  • Teams must have at least one UCLA Engineering student and one UCLA Business student.
Students must form a team and apply before the end of January 2013.  Students will be expected to:
  • Develop a new piece of technology.
  • Designate a target market for this technology.
  • Make a realistic business plan for implementation of this technology.

Student Entrepreneur Venture Competition [ web  ]


New FAQ and Guide for UCLA Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur FAQ
Q&A Brochure, Published by OIP, Helps UCLA entrepreneurs get the process started.

UCLA and OIP strongly support the formation of startup companies as one avenue for commercializing innovations and bringing breakthrough technologies to the market.

To help UCLA faculty and student entrepreneurs with the first steps towards forming a startup, OIP published a new guide of frequently asked questions. 

Faculty and student entrepreneurs are encouraged to contact OIP to discuss their interests in starting a new company early in the process. The guide is also available as a printed brochure at OIP.



OIP Technology Transfer Fellows Program Member Profile - Omar Asensio
Omar Asensio
OIP Tech Transfer Fellows program introduces students to technology transfer, the business-side of science.

OIP sponsors an ambitious internship program geared toward introducing graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to technology commercialization. The Technology Transfer Fellows program offers a unique opportunity for participants to expose participants to intellectual property and gain a well-rounded understanding of the path from lab to market by working with OIP's licensing and marketing groups.

One such Technology Transfer Fellow, Omar Asensio, offers his insights regarding the Fellowship and its impact on his research and career path...



Westside Entrepreneurs in the News:   Accelerators, Incubators & Events
LA's Westside is one of the nation's leading entrepreneurial and entertainment tech hubs. News, events, and opportunities from the community are featured in this section.

  • General Assembly Brings its Entrepreneurial Education to Los Angeles with LaunchpadLA Partnership.  "The Los Angeles startup ecosystem, already busting at the seams with incubators and accelerators, is set to get a new type of entrepreneur factory."  [ Pandodaily ]
  •  Silicon Beach is home to increasingly more incubators and accelerators. Here are three cool programs to consider.  [ Inc. Magazine ]
  • EVENT:  Silicon Beach Fest - Fall 2012 celebrates LA's tech startup and entertainment community with panels, pitching, parties, and more at io/LA and WeWork in Hollywood on November 9, 2012.  [ web ]




Nov. 2, 2012 
Kinross Bldg., Suite 210

Guest Speaker:
Adam Winnick
Investor, Entrepreneur

"Startup Ecosystem - LA is at a tipping point."

MORE About First Fridays @OIP [ web ]


Nov. 5, 2012
Place: CNSI:

Guest Speaker:
Suzanne K. Sundby, Esq.

AIA - Patent Reform: What UCLA Inventors Need to Know Before Filing a Patent

RSVP: [ web ]


Recently issued by USPTO:

8,283,308  Copolymer-stabilized emulsions | Thomas Mason, et al

8,222,293  Treating learning deficits with inhibitors of Hmg CoA reductase |  Alcino Silva, et al

8,216,796  Methods for treating and diagnosing fibrotic and fibroproliferative diseases |  John Belperio, et al

8,216,594  Proteins with repetitive Bacterial-Ig-like (Big) domains present in... |  David Haake, et al

8,211,664  Methods and materials for making simvastatin and related compounds |  Yi Tang, et al

8,206,700  Methods and compositions for treating tularemia |  Marcus Horwitz, et al

8,193,598 Spin-wave architectures |  Mary M. Eshaghian-Wilner, et al

8,193,312 Bone morphogenic protein binding peptide | Samuel S. Murray, et al

8,187,250 Peritoneal dialysis methods and apparatus | Martin Roberts, et al



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