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  • bioMérieux and Banyan Biomarkers Partner to Develop, Validate and Market Blood-Based Biomarkers for Traumatic Brain Injury
    bioMérieux, a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, and UF startup Banyan Biomarkers, an innovative biomarkers company developing blood tests capable of diagnosing traumatic brain injuries (TBI), have entered into a partnership. Under the terms of the agreement, bioMérieux takes an equity participation of about $7 million in Banyan Biomarkers and obtains the rights to commercialize Banyan’s proprietary tests worldwide for use in in vitro diagnostics, with preferred rights for its VIDAS® immunoassays range. In addition, the two companies will continue to explore co-development opportunities in the area of TBI and critical care. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 10 million people are affected annually by TBI. The burden of mortality and morbidity that this condition imposes on society makes TBI a pressing public health, medical problem and weighs heavily on healthcare costs. Banyan’s biomarkers have the potential to objectively diagnose TBI with a simple blood test and to help avoid unnecessary patient exposure to dangerous ionizing radiation. Both companies aim at bringing to clinicians the first FDA-approved blood-based automated test for TBI.... Read more »
  • MYOLYN Submits Application for FDA Clearance for Device
    UF startup MYOLYN, which creates medical technology for people with muscle weakness and paralysis, announced that it has submitted a 510(k) to the FDA, requesting clearance of the MyoCycle Home and the MyoCycle Pro – stationary bikes that utilize MYOLYN’s patent-pending functional electrical stimulation (FES) technology. The submission marks a major milestone for the technology startup. MYOLYN spun out from the University of Florida in 2013 and has now successfully completed development of its flagship medical device. This development was made possible by support from the University, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, and local angel investors.... Read more »
  • Horse Progressing Under Morphogenesis Cancer Therapy (BloodHorse)
    A cutting-edge cancer treatment offered by UF startup Morphogenesis, Inc. has helped reduce skin cancer by 80 percent in 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup. The cancer treatment is a vaccine that allows the horse’s immune system to target the melanoma. Patricia Lawman, chief executive officer of treatment developer Morphogenesis, said even though her company has been on the front line, the treatment sometimes still amazes her. The company hopes to expand into treating people. “For so many people it sounds too good to be true being able to treat these cancers with no side effects and relatively little money…but that’s what this technology is and how it works,” Lawman said. “It’s not specific to any tumor because it’s a bacteria that can be injected into any tumor, and it doesn’t cause side effects.”... Read more »
  • SharpSpring Adds to Board of Directors (SATPRNews)
    UF startup SharpSpring, Inc., a global provider of cloud-based marketing technologies, announced the addition of Steven Huey to its board of directors effective immediately. The board of directors announced an approved plan to increase the size of its board to seven directors on or before the next annual shareholder meeting.  With these changes, SharpSpring’s board will increase from five directors to seven directors, and increase its slate of independent directors from three to five. Huey brings to SharpSpring’s board nearly 30 years of financial, business development, and operational experience in the technology industry. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Capture Higher Ed, a leading marketing technology firm that combines the principles of machine learning and big data to provide customized enrollment solutions to colleges and universities across the country.... Read more »
  • AxoGen Appoints New Medical Director (EconoTimes)
    UF startup AxoGen, Inc., a global leader in innovative  surgical solutions for peripheral nerve injuries, has appointed Ivica (Ivan) Ducic, M.D., Ph.D. as Medical Director of Clinical and Translational Sciences. Dr. Ducic will be responsible for AxoGen’s global medical affairs programs as a non-officer member of the leadership team. “The addition of Dr. Ducic to our Clinical and Translational Sciences team will enhance our efforts to provide world class surgeon education, meaningful clinical evidence on our product portfolios, and continued innovation in peripheral nerve repair technology,” commented Karen Zaderej, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Dr. Ducic is a renowned and experienced peripheral nerve surgeon who shares our mission to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from peripheral nerve injuries.”... Read more »

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OTL News and Events

  • Search Committee Meeting Scheduled
    The University of Florida is seeking an Assistant Vice President for Technology Commercialization and a Director for the Office of Technology Licensing. The search committee meets Monday, December 5, from 8:30 am – 12 pm in 226 Tigert Hall. Contacts for the search committee include:   Dr. Winfred M. Phillips, Co-Chair and Executive Chief of Staff P O Box 113390 Gainesville, FL  32611-0001 Phone:  (352) 392-6620 e-mail:   Dr.... Read more »
  • UF Ranks Third Nationally for Licensing Its Technologies
    The University of Florida is ranked third in the nation for licenses and options executed on technologies developed at the university level, a measure of how successful its ideas are in the marketplace, according to the latest statistics recently released by the Association of University Technology Managers as part of its annual licensing survey. In fiscal year 2015, the most recent... Read more »
  • OTL is Hiring a Marketing Specialist (Apply Through UF Jobs)
    Do you love to write, edit, and manage multiple projects and students all at once? Can you understand tough scientific concepts and communicate them to people who can’t? Is your goal to make the world a better place? Apply for the OTL Marketing and Communications Specialist position through the UF Jobs website! This position works with a team of fellows to manage all aspects of campaigns... Read more »
  • A Record-Breaking Year for Moving UF Technologies to Market (UF News)
    The University of Florida’s Office of Technology Licensing signed a record 122 licenses and options and launched 17 startup companies in fiscal year 2015-16, topping last year’s total of 85 licenses by 43 percent. Officials cited a favorable economic climate, more than $700 million in university research and hard work by an experienced tech transfer staff as reasons for the... Read more »
  • The Numbers are In: UF is Good for Florida (UF News)
    Private companies licensing technology from the University of Florida infused nearly $2.3 billion into the state of Florida economy last year and accounted for the employment of more than 10,600 people, according to a newly released study of UF’s statewide economic impact. … UF boasts an active program for licensing patented technologies developed through university research to private companies. In... Read more »

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