This programme, which we run in partnership with AUTM Foundation, equips academic life scientists, at the graduate or post-doctoral level, with the skills and knowledge to transition into careers in technology transfer through a curriculum that combines formal training with networking, mentoring and practical experience in the field. Applications for the 2021 intake are now closed.

About the LifeArc-AUTM Fellows Programme

The one-year LifeArc-AUTM Fellows Programme equips academic life scientists, at the graduate or post-doctoral level, with the skills and knowledge to transition into careers in technology transfer through a curriculum that combines formal training with networking, mentoring and practical experience in the field. Alumni have gone into prominent technology transfer roles – read about these past fellows here:

Fellows are expected to commit to time outside of their current positions and will be sponsored to attend two major AUTM meetings in the US and one in Europe. Where possible, assistance will be provided to secure an eight-week internship in a technology transfer office.

“This valuable initiative is recognised at the highest levels of Leadership within the AUTM Association, as evidenced by Anji’s interactions with Steve Susalka, CEO of AUTM, and Rich Chylla, Chairman of AUTM 2019 Board. This is a vibrant and mutually beneficial program.”
Chris Yochim, Founding Chair, AUTM Foundation

Package of benefits for LifeArc-AUTM Fellows

  • Two-year membership, plus access to AUTM’s Technology Transfer Practice Manual and 90 + Webinars
  • Assignment of an experienced technology transfer mentor available throughout the training programme
  • Personal mentor – prior LifeArc AUTM fellow
  • Formal recognition at the 2021 AUTM Annual Meeting including availability of senior AUTM members for advice and curriculum vitae review
  • Access to technology transfer network including fellowship alumni
  • Career guidance and assistance to gaining Candidate RTTP accreditation
  • Assistance in gaining a placement in a technology transfer establishment (optional)

2020-2021 programme

Key dates are summarised below. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the dates presented may be subject to change.

August 2020 Welcome meeting (virtual)
September 2020 AUTM Essential Tools course (virtual)
14-17 March 2021 AUTM 2021 Annual Conference, Seattle, US
14 March Choice of Technology Valuation or Technology Marketing Course (taken as a preconference course)
16 March Negotiation course (taken within the conference)
26-28 May 2021 ASTP* Conference 2021, Lisbon, Portugal
1-3 June 2021 PraxisAuril* Conference 2021, Brighton, UK

*Attendance will be sponsored at one of these conferences – either ASTP Lisbon or PraxisAuril in the UK. To be confirmed. 

FAQs

How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect the programme?

The 2020-21 programme will follow government guidance in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that all interactions will be virtual until further notice, and any travel will be delayed until March 2021 at the earliest.


How many hours of study are required to complete the AUTM webinar training modules?

The rate of study is dependent on the circumstances of the fellow. However, we recommend each fellow devotes at least four hours a week to study. This will ensure the fellow completes all modules and is prepared for the training and conferences that are part of the programme.


Is funding available?

The LifeArc-AUTM Fellowships combine formal training with networking, mentoring and practical experience in the field. Expenses for international travel in 2021 are covered, but no further funding is available with this programme. Where possible, assistance will be provided in terms of networking and mentoring to secure an eight-week placement in a technology transfer office. The level of financial support during the internship/placement is at the discretion of the hosting establishment.


Do I need permission from my employer or supervisor to apply?

Your application will need to include a reference from your current or most recent employer or supervisor. You will also need to ensure you can have time off from your current position to attend two major AUTM meetings in the US and two in Europe as well as, where possible, an eight-week internship in a technology transfer office.


Is practical experience included?

Most fellows secure a position in the technology transfer sector prior to the end of the programme. The possibility to gain practical experience as a LifeArc-AUTM Fellow is optional, with assistance provided in the form of mentoring, networking and support to secure an internship/placement at an appropriate technology transfer establishment. The level of financial support during the internship/placement is at the discretion of the hosting establishment.


Is the programme open to only UK applicants?

The LifeArc-AUTM Fellowship is open to European-based applicants who can travel to the US for the designated training course and conferences that are part of the programme. Our full-time programme, the Technology Transfer Fellowship, requires all applicants to be based within daily travel distance of London.


Who can I contact about the programme?

To find out more about the LifeArc-AUTM Fellowship, please contact our Senior Business Manager, Anji Miller.