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Startups in the News
- AGTC Selected as Top Company in 2017 Gator100 (Yahoo! Finance)UF startup Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC), a biotechnology company conducting human clinical trials of adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapies for the treatment of rare diseases, has been selected as the top company in the 2017 Gator100 awards. The Gator100, named after the University of Florida’s mascot, recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest-growing businesses in the world that are either owned or led by University of Florida graduates. The annual award is sponsored by the University’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center and Warrington College of Business. The winning companies were announced Friday at the Gator100 Awards Gala at the University of Florida.... Read more »
- AxoGen CEO Discusses Signature Products (MedicalResearch)UF startup AxoGen, founded in 2002, has become a global leader in innovative surgical solutions for peripheral nerve injuries. The company is passionate about restoring nerve function and quality of life to patients with peripheral nerve injuries by providing innovative, clinically proven, and economically effective repair solutions for surgeons and health care providers. In this interview with MedicalResearch.com, AxoGen CEO Karen Zaderej talks about the ways donated tissue provides surgeons with improved ways to repair and reconnect damaged or severed nerves with its portfolio of products.... Read more »
- Altavian Expands Its Modular Payload Line (sUAS News)UF startup Altavian is partnering with MicaSense to integrate its RedEdge multispectral camera as the latest customizable payload available in both Altavian’s Nova and Galaxy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Integrating RedEdge with Altavian’s enterprise grade drones, like the Nova, brings multispectral sensor capabilities to a single 90-minute flight that can cover up to 600 acres, following standard Part 107 regulations, with an 8cm ground sample distance (GSD), all while capturing both RGB and 5 unique narrow bands in the same flight. This advanced payload brings new versatility and efficiency to Altavian’s drones. RedEdge integrates seamlessly with Altavian’s highly modular UAVs.... Read more »
- Alex Lee Inc. Offers Peerfit to Its Employees (Progressive Grocer)UF startup Peerfit is helping one of the Carolinas’ largest private employers develop a culture of fitness for its employees. Alex Lee Inc., parent company of supermarket chain Lowes Foods and wholesaler Merchants Distributors LLC, has introduced Peerfit’s worksite wellness program, which aims to improve employees’ health and fitness. The program is available to Alex Lee, Lowes and Merchants Distributors associates. The company’s employees can now personalize their fitness goals by choosing from a range of exercise classes at local studios that best fit their needs and schedules. The employer-sponsored classes are provided via digital platform Peerfit. ... Read more »
- Morphogenesis Issued US Patent for Cancer Vaccines (Yahoo! Finance)UF startup Morphogenesis, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development of cell and gene therapies for the treatment of cancer, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 9,555,988 covering methods for treating cancer using gene therapy. This proprietary technology is applicable to multiple cancer types and uses a single gene in the form of a small DNA known as a plasmid. Plasmid DNA is considered extremely safe because no live bacteria or viruses are needed for delivery. The DNA patent was awarded under the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot program, also known as Patents 4 Patients. This program supports fast-track review for cancer immunotherapy-related patent applications without the extra petition fees. From filing to issuance, the patent process took months instead of years.... 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 »