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Startups in the News

  • Band-Aids for Interstellar Travelers (The Atlantic)
    UF startup Sharklet Technologies has developed a clever dressing design that it believes could markedly improve the way we treat deep cuts and major burns. It presented its technology at the fifth 100-Year Starship Symposium held in Santa Clara, CA. Sharklet’s wound dressings are made from a double-layered biodegradable material that can be printed into the shape of a specific gouge or cut, Magin explains. On the top layer are a series of ridges and valleys about two micrometers across. These features effectively direct the migration of healthy skin cells into the wound. The microscopic topology of the dressings are patterned after the same topology found in sharkskin, which keeps barnacles and algae from sticking—it’s a topology that whales and most boats don’t possess, and it’s what keeps a shark’s skin clean and free of so-called biofouling.... Read more »
  • SharpSpring Receives the ‘Business Impact Leader of the Year’ Award in Gainesville (CNN Money)
    UF startup SharpSpring, Inc., a global provider of cloud-based marketing technologies, received the “Business Impact Leader of the Year” award by the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce. Recipients of the Business Impact Award have demonstrated a strong and positive impact in advancing the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce’s mission to facilitate economic prosperity, business growth and community progress through leadership and collaboration. “We are honored to be recognized for the impactful contributions we are making to the city of Gainesville and the surrounding communities,” said Rick Carlson, SharpSpring CEO. “This award reflects the tremendous progress we have made over the last year growing our organization and scaling our world-class marketing automation platform. With the number of businesses using our platform now totaling more than 3,000, we are accelerating our growth and, at the same time, building a stronger and more economically enriched community here in Gainesville, as well as other communities around the world.”... Read more »
  • AGTC Announces Data Evaluating Novel AAV-Based Gene Therapy as a Potential Treatment for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency (GlobeNewswire)
    Study Results Show That Vector DNA Persists at High Levels for 12 Months After One-Time Intramuscular Injection and Directs Sustained Expression of AAT Protein UF startup Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company conducting human clinical trials of adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapies for the treatment of rare diseases, announced data evaluating the use of recombinant AAV-AAT vector gene delivery to muscle in patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency, an inherited genetic disorder that results in severe loss of lung function and is caused by complete or partial deficiency of the alpha-1 antitrypsin protein. Results were published online in the peer-reviewed journal Human Gene Therapy and will appear in the January print issue of the journal. “Currently, individuals affected by pulmonary manifestations of AAT deficiency are frequently treated with weekly intravenous infusions of AAT derived from donated human plasma, a procedure that is inconvenient and cost prohibitive,” said Philip R. Johnson, M.D., corresponding study author. “Phase 2 human studies evaluating gene transfer as a potential treatment option have been encouraging and these data further suggest that a one-time, AAV-based intramuscular AAT vector injection can have a durable response and direct sustained expression of the AAT protein.”  ... Read more »
  • World’s First MRIdian Center Celebrates Two Years of MRI-Guided Radiation Treatments (CNN Money)
    UF startup ViewRay, Inc. announced the two-year anniversary of treating patients with MRI-guided radiation therapy at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. An international leader in cancer treatment and research, Siteman Cancer Center has a rich history of adopting and helping to develop new technology with a focus on improving patient care and outcomes. In January 2014, Siteman Cancer Center began treating patients using the world’s first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system – called MRIdian – that enables tumors to be visualized during treatment. The technology allows clinicians to see a patient’s internal anatomy in real-time and keep the radiation beams on target when the tumor moves during treatment, thus compensating for patient breathing and subtle organ motion, which may move the tumor out of the desired position in the radiation beam. “We congratulate the Siteman team as they enter their third year of demonstrating the benefits of treating cancer patients with MRI-guided radiation therapy,” said Chris A. Raanes, President and Chief Executive Officer of ViewRay. “We value their thought-leadership and have channeled what we have learned from their clinical experience with the MRIdian system into our future innovation in MRI-guided radiation therapy.”... Read more »
  • Philips and Banyan Biomarkers Partner to Develop and Commercialize New Handheld Blood Test to Detect and Evaluate Concussions (BusinessWire)
    Royal Philips and UF startup Banyan Biomarkers, Inc. announced that they have entered into a multi-year joint development agreement to develop and commercialize a new handheld blood test to detect and evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) – also known as concussion – at the point of care. The new handheld test will be based on Philips’ Minicare I-20 system. The financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. The collaboration unites Philips’ strength in patient monitoring and handheld diagnostics technologies, as well as, clinical decision support applications for use in acute care settings, and Banyan Biomarkers’ knowledge of biomolecules that are indicative of neurological injuries. “Point-of-care diagnostics for acute care settings, such as handheld blood tests for Emergency Departments, will play a critical role in improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs,” said Marcel van Kasteel, CEO of Handheld Diagnostics at Philips. “The joint development agreement with Banyan Biomarkers is another great example of our expansion into this fast growing market. Our innovative Minicare technology platform and partnerships are a firm foundation for our ambition to become a leader in this new growth market for Philips.”... Read more »

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OTL News and Events

  • UF Ranked in Top 10 for Licenses, Startups (The Independent Florida Alligator)
    Over the past 14 years, UF’s Office of Technology Licensing has launched more than 175 biomedical and technology startups. Nationally, UF is within the top 10 in both its number of research licenses and startups, ranking seventh for licenses and eighth for startups out of 250 institutions, according to a recently published licensing survey from the Association of University Technology Managers.... Read more »
  • UF Among Nation’s Leaders in Startups, Licensing and Life-Sciences Tech Transfer (UF News)
    Jaundice, chronic bronchitis, and other lung and liver problems are a daily struggle for the 1 in 2,500 Americans with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic condition that can cause serious lung disease in adults or liver disease at any age. About 19 million people in the U.S. who do not have these symptoms carry the defective gene that causes this disorder... Read more »
  • Researchers: Tap Into a New Source of Funding
    As it gets harder and harder to find funding to move your innovation from the bench to the marketplace, SBIR grants are more important than ever. Help increase your competitive edge by joining us for our Oct. 7  SBIR and STTR workshop run by Jim Greenwood of Greenwood Consulting, nationally known for helping companies, entrepreneurs and inventors like you achieve... Read more »
  • Assoc. Director Jane Muir Among Women Who Make a Difference Honored by Girl Scouts (Gainesville Sun)
    Assoc. Director Jane Muir Among Women Who Make a Difference Honored by Girl Scouts (Gainesville Sun) Brownies, Daisies and Juniors dressed in brown vests packed with Girl Scouts badges sat among a sea of guests to honor five of Gainesville’s most accomplished women on Thursday. At the ceremony the University of Florida Hilton, the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council celebrated Jane... Read more »
  • UF among nation’s leaders in licensing, patents and startups (UF News)
    The UF Office of Technology Licensing helped to launch Sentinel Diagnostic Imaging in fiscal year 2013, along with 15 other startup companies based on UF research discoveries. According to statistics recently released by the Association of University Technology Managers as part of its annual licensing survey, the 16 startups launched that year put UF sixth in the nation, ranked among... Read more »

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