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Startups in the News

  • 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 »
  • Sharklet Takes Big Bite out of Bacterial Growth (WhatTheyThink?)
    “Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear, and he shows them pearly white.” So goes the first line of the classic hit song, Mack the Knife—a ballad that has nothing to say about an equally impressive feature of the shark’s anatomy, its pristine skin. A new casting and release paper product called Neoterix ST sings the praise of shark skin and its built-in cleanliness in an altogether different way. Neoterix ST is the result of a collaboration between UF startup Sharklet Technologies, which holds the patent on the antimicrobial surface texture that makes the product unique, and Sappi North America, which will manufacture and distribute it beginning next year. The companies say that in Neoterix ST, they have developed the first release paper that can make surfaces resistant to bacteria without toxic additives or chemicals. It’s meant for use in germ-fighting environments like hospitals and may eventually find applications in labels and packaging.... Read more »
  • Paracosm CEO Forecasts Use of Augmented Reality in Construction (Upload)
    The global construction market will hit $10.3 trillion in 2020, and it’s a field where mistakes are costly: rework typically makes up 12 percent of project costs, reaching tens of millions of dollars on big projects. But augmented reality can change that, which is why construction is one of the first industries starting to explore the use of AR in day-to-day work. Amir Rubin, founder and CEO of UF startup Paracosm, sums up the state of AR in construction and what’s coming next. Today, workers can use Paracosm’s scanning hardware to walk through a site and capture accurate 3D data, but eventually, Paracosm wants to automate this scanning with ground robots and then drones. After scanning, Paracosm automatically aligns the coordinate system of the captured data to the project’s Building Information Modeling. Once aligned, they can run comparisons and use Paracosm’s visualizer to provide analytics and insights into how the project is going, whether it’s on spec, and where potential issues could be.... Read more »
  • Study Supports Use of enterade® Following Radiation Treatments (PR Newswire)
    UF startup Entrinsic Health Solutions, Inc., an innovative health sciences company, announced the publication of results from research at UF using enterade® Advanced Oncology (AO) formulation titled, “An amino acid-based oral rehydration solution (AA-ORS) enhanced intestinal epithelial proliferation in mice exposed to radiation.” The full article can be found in the 23 November, 2016, issue of Nature Scientific Reports. Through backing from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), a NASA-funded consortium, the study in mice investigated the mechanism responsible for better absorption of electrolytes and nutrients with enterade® AO following radiation exposure. It was hypothesized that increased villus height induced by enterade® is involved in increased electrolyte and nutrient absorption following irradiation. ... Read more »
  • Breathtec Biomedical Featured on Tech Tuesday (TV20-WCJB)
    Local TV station, TV20-WCJB featured UF startup Breathtec Biomedical on its segment titled “Breathing for a Diagnosis” on Tech Tuesday.... 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:  wphil@ufl.edu   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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