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UCLA Offers E-Mail Notification to Facilitate Commercial Use of Research Discoveries


Companyresearch-and-development officials have a new and convenient way to tap intotechnology developed by UCLA's cadre of top-flight researchers.

As part of a programdesigned to speed the transfer of technology to the marketplace, UCLA's Officeof Intellectual Property Administration now offers company officials the chanceto receive e-mail notification of the latest licensing opportunities born incampus research labs.

Research-and-developmentexecutives from several hundred companies now subscribe to the "HiddenGems"announcements, which can be catered to meet specific research interests. The companies are leaders in a wide range ofindustries including biotechnology, defense, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors,telecommunications, chemicals, nanotechnology, venture capital and investmentbanking.

To sign up for "HiddenGems"e-mail notifications, go to the UCLA Office of Intellectual PropertyAdministration Web site at and click onHiddenGems. Additional information also is available by contacting the office'smarketing manager, Bob Nidever, at (310) 794-0607 or

"The HiddenGems e-mailnotifications provide easy access to UCLA inventions and discoveries that havebeen thoroughly reviewed and specifically prepared for use by those in theprivate sector," said Andrew Neighbour, associate vice chancellor for research

UCLA researchers have a long history of producingtechnology with commercial applications. The Office of Intellectual PropertyAdministration manages more than 700 active inventions, and more than 160 arelicensed to companies. In 2003 alone, UCLA received 68 U.S. and foreignpatents. UCLA receives more than $750 million a year in research contracts andfederal and state grants and consistently ranks among the top five universitiesand colleges nationwide in total research-and-development expenditures.

The Office of IntellectualProperty reorganized in 2002 to enhance the transfer of discoveries forcommercial purposes. Staff with research-and-development experience in privateindustry was added to form liaisons with campus faculty and research labs andsearch for previously unannounced new technologies — the "hidden gems."



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