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Startups in the News
- Sun BioPharma Starts Fifth Patient Cohort in Pancreatic Cancer Drug Trials (EconoTimes)UF startup Sun BioPharma, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing disruptive therapeutics for the treatment of patients with pancreatic diseases, announced that the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), an independent group of medical experts closely monitoring the company’s clinical study, has completed its safety review of the data from cycle 1 dosing of the fourth cohort of patients. As a result of this review by the DSMB, Sun Biopharma has begun recruiting patients for the fifth patient cohort in the dose escalation phase of the study. The Company currently expects to begin dosing patients in the fifth cohort as early as December 12, 2016, which is approximately 60 days after the fourth patient cohort commenced dosing. The treatment is a first-in-class, proprietary, polyamine compound designed to exert therapeutic effects in a mechanism specific to the pancreas. Sun BioPharma originally licensed it from the University of Florida in 2011. The molecule has been shown to be highly effective in human pancreatic cancer models, demonstrating superior activity to existing FDA approved chemotherapy agents.... Read more »
- Department of Defense Opens Biomedical Countermeasure Facility in Alachua (WUFT)The U.S. Department of Defense opened its new Advanced Development and Manufacturing facility in Alachua on Dec. 7. The DOD has partnered with the local, private company Nanotherapeutics, a UF startup, to make vaccines and medical products to support the troops from biological weapons and the country from surprise infection outbreaks. The 183,000 square foot facility was specifically designed to provide the rapid development and manufacturing of vaccines and antitoxins. These countermeasures would be protecting troops and the nation as a whole against man-made or naturally occurring biological threats.... Read more »
- Nanotherapeutics Opens $138 Million Plant Near Progress Park (The Gainesville Sun)Several speakers invoked lessons learned from the Pearl Harbor bombing 75 years ago to the day as they marked the opening of a manufacturing plant that will make vaccines and drug treatments to protect soldiers from chemical and biological threats. About 130 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day for UF startup Nanotherapeutics’ new $138 million, 183,000-square-foot plant built near Progress Park in Alachua, including officials from the Department of Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and local government. The plant was built to fulfill a Department of Defense grant that could be worth up to $359 million.... Read more »
- Study Shows Online Therapy Programs Are Effective (Yahoo! Sports)A study conducted by UF startup TAO Connect, Inc. at a major university found that therapist-assisted, online programming showed benefits over traditional face-to-face, hour-long psychotherapy sessions for students. The study, titled “Therapist-Assisted, Online (TAO) Intervention for Anxiety in College Students: TAO Outperformed Treatment as Usual,” was recently published in the Journal of the American Psychological Association. The study showed that the use of online assisted therapy contributed to symptom reduction, a better sense of well-being, higher life functioning, and improved mental health. The treatment combined elements including online education, practice tools and a 15-minute video conference session with a therapist, enabling therapists to see three students per hour instead of the traditional one student per hour.... Read more »
- ViewRay’s MRIdian System Spares Healthy Tissue During Radiation (PR Newswire)UF startup ViewRay, Inc., makers of the world’s first and only clinical MRI-guided radiation therapy system, announced the results of a study published in the November 2016 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics (the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology), highlighting the value of the MRIdian system in delivering accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI). The study, conducted by researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., demonstrated the ability to reduce planning target volumes using MRIdian, thereby dramatically reducing the amount of healthy tissue exposed to radiation. The study evaluated 30 women with breast cancer (stages 0-I) who had previously undergone breast-conserving surgery. The women received APBI using the MRIdian system. The goal of the study was to determine intrafractional motion of the breast surgical cavity and assess delivered dose versus planned dose.... Read more »
OTL News and Events
- Search Committee Meeting ScheduledThe 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: email@example.com Dr.... Read more »
- UF Ranks Third Nationally for Licensing Its TechnologiesThe 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 »