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Noeleen O'Hara by Noeleen O'Hara

Two Nationals Associations, AUTM (USA) and Praxis Auril (UK), have been active in the last few weeks putting pressure in their respective governments supporting critical KT issues in their countries.

AUTM has recently campaigned for the KT community to submit comments on changes to the Bayh-Dole regulations which they asserted: would have a devastating effect on the U.S. innovation ecosystem and the technology transfer profession as a whole.  

The Bayh-Dole Act, which passed in 1980, represented a fundamental change in U.S. government innovation policy. It provides ownership and title to any invention made in whole or in part with federal funds to universities and small business. AUTM and KTOs in the US are highlighting that changes to the Act raises concerns among universities and their licensees that the march-in provision of the statute will be misused to allow the government to set end-user prices on successfully commercialise products.

Read the whole statement from AUTM here

Praxis Auril has added its voice to calls for clarity on future research funding for UK universities.Leaders from across the university-sector in the UK have expressed concern of the significant risk to UK research funding, firstly as a consequence of cuts to overseas development aid and, more recently, in response to reports that the UK’s association to Horizon Europe will be met from existing research budgets.

Read the whole statement from Praxis Auril here

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