Startups in the News
- Sinmat Thrives on Electronics Manufacturing (Business Report of North Central Florida)If you own a smartphone or a smartwatch, drive an electric or hybrid car, have a solar panel on your rooftop or have LEDs in your home, the odds are good that you have come into contact with technology impacted by UF startup and former Innovation Hub at UF resident Sinmat. Sinmat, a leading global manufacturer, supplies chip companies with specialized polishing products called Chemical Mechanical Polishing Slurries — a mixture of chemicals and nanoparticles that enable ultra-precision manufacturing of faster, cheaper and better electronic devices. Polishing technologies like the ones created by Sinmat represent a growing $20 billion global industry and play a vital role in advanced materials manufacturing sectors such as clean energy electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, consumer electronics and advanced defense optical and electronic systems. Sinmat products are used extensively in the USA and exported worldwide. The manufacturing operations are currently very profitable as it seeks to reach a target of $100 million in sales in the next 5 years.... Read more »
- Breathtec BioMedical to Investigate Zika Virus Airborne Disease Detection (MarketWired)UF startup Breathtec BioMedical, Inc., a medical diagnostics company focused on developing breath analysis devices for the early detection of infectious and life-threatening diseases, is forming an alliance and research agreement with ZeptoMetrix™ Corporation, an industry leader and innovator for infectious disease diagnostics and development. Plans include an exploratory study to identify biomarkers associated with the Zika virus. Breathtec BioMedical views the development of portable devices designed to screen individuals who may carry infections such as Zika at international points of entry as a significant opportunity for its technology. Available tests for infectious diseases are expensive and often require time-consuming lab testing delays.... Read more »
- Sharklet Bought by Peaceful Union to Accelerate Development of Medical Devices (Denver Business Journal)Sharklet Technologies Inc., a UF medical startup now based in Colorado, said it has been acquired by Peaceful Union, a medical device firm based in Hangzhou, China. Sharklet makes a textured product — also called Sharklet — that’s designed to inhibit bacterial growth on surfaces used in health care, such as catheters and wound dressings. “The acquisition of the company will enable Sharklet Technologies to accelerate the development of Sharklet for medical devices where chemical-free bacterial inhibition is desired as well as high-touch surfaces prone to bacterial contamination,” it said in today’s announcement. “The company also will accelerate development of a newly enhanced wound dressing technology to encourage healing.”... Read more »
- ViewRay Presents Compelling Early Pancreatic Cancer Data with MRIdian System (PR Newswire)UF startup ViewRay, Inc. shared highlights from ESTRO 36, the annual meeting of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, which featured broad clinical experience with the company’s MRIdian System, including compelling early data on its use in pancreatic cancer. Sasa Mutic, Ph.D., from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, highlighted early retrospective multi-institutional data on pancreatic cancer treatments with MRIdian. The study compared SBRT treatments with and without on-table adaptive dose reshaping and found that delivering a higher biological dose, enabled by MRI-guided on-table adaptive radiotherapy, may lead to improved survival in locally advanced pancreatic cancer. ... Read more »
- Entrinsic Health Solutions Completes Enrollment for Clinical Trial (PRNewswire)UF startup Entrinsic Health Solutions, Inc., an innovative health sciences company dedicated to the development and commercialization of amino acid based medical foods to address critical digestive health, nutrition and hydration related health issues, has completed enrollment for its clinical trial for enterade®, “Pragmatic test of amino-acid mixture/enterade® for Gastrointestinal Toxicity in Cancer Therapy.” The study found that 78 percent of patients who took the product for 7 days or more reported a significant improvement in their side effects from cancer treatment.... Read more »
OTL News and Events
- UF Incubator News: Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute Named World’s No. 1 Biotech IncubatorSid Martin Biotechnology Institute (SMBI), the leading biotechnology incubator at the University of Florida, has been awarded the Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year award for 2017, the highest award given by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA). InBIA is the world’s leading organization for advancing business incubation, acceleration and entrepreneurship. SMBI was named Incubator of the Year among more than 7,500 incubators worldwide.... Read more »
- Milken Institute Ranks UF Third Nationally in Moving Ideas from Lab to Real World (UF News)The University of Florida ranks third among all research universities in the country for getting its ideas out of the laboratory and into the real world, according to the Milken Institute’s 2017 ranking of Best Universities for Technology Transfer. UF was fifth in 2006, the last time the report was issued by the Santa Monica, California-based independent economic think tank. The... Read more »
- UF Names New Director of Technology Transfer (UF News)The University of Florida has a new O’Connell to welcome in Gainesville. After a thorough national search, UF has selected Jim O’Connell as the new assistant vice president for technology transfer and the director of the Office of Technology Licensing. “Mr. O’Connell will work with internal and external constituents to provide strategic leadership and direction in building and capitalizing on facilities,... Read more »
- It Was a Day to Celebrate People Who Change the WorldThe 11th annual A Celebration of Innovation showcase wasn’t a standing room only event — the thunderstorm that wreaked havoc the morning of April 4 made certain of that — but it was a standing up only event, at least immediately following OTL Director David Day’s farewell speech in the opening session of the startup showcase. The startup showcase featured an opening session that celebrated... Read more »
- Thomas Maren, Creator of Glaucoma Drug Trusopt, Inducted into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (UF News)Dr. Thomas Maren, a founding father of the University of Florida College of Medicine whose four decades of basic scientific research led to the development of a top-selling drug for glaucoma, has been inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Maren arrived on the UF campus in 1955 and continued working as a graduate research professor until months before his... Read more »
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