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2016 OTL Calendar: For the Gator Good

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Startups in the News

  • Biotech Innovator Morphogenesis, Inc. Launches Hi-Tech Digital Stock Offering to Fight Cancer (Yahoo! Sports)
    UF startup Morphogenesis, Inc., a biotechnology company, plans to raise up to $20 million from the sale of its common stock to accredited investors. The company is not only embracing new securities industry rules, it is launching what it hopes to be a uniquely efficient capital raising process made possible by the confluence of social and technological changes. Morphogenesis, a privately-held biotechnology company specializing in cell and gene therapies, has developed multi-indication immunotherapies which educates the patient’s own immune system to attack tumor cells throughout the body without damaging normal cells or tissues.... Read more »
  • SharpSpring Integrates With PieSync to Provide Easy Two-Way Contact Syncing (EconoTimes)
    UF startup SharpSpring, Inc., a global provider of cloud-based marketing technologies, announced the launch of its native integration with PieSync, a B2B connection service that allows users to perform two-way contact syncing between their favorite cloud apps in real time. Using PieSync’s point-and-click interface, SharpSpring customers can build connections with dozens of other cloud-based platforms — such as Google Contacts, Zoho, Zendesk, Pipedrive, and SugarCRM — without the need for a developer. The automatic contact syncing feature eliminates the need for manual imports and exports, which helps reduce duplicate contacts and other errors.... Read more »
  • AGTC Files Investigational New Drug Application for the Treatment of Achromatopsia (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 filed an Investigational New Drug application (IND) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a Phase I/II clinical trial of the company’s gene therapy product candidate for the treatment of achromatopsia caused by mutations in the CNGA3 gene. AGTC previously initiated a Phase I/II clinical trial of its gene therapy product for the treatment of achromatopsia caused by mutations in the CNGB3 gene. This program will be the fourth ophthalmic gene therapy candidate AGTC has advanced to human trials.... Read more »
  • Sharklet’s Microtexture Earns FLEXcon Product of the Year Award (BusinessWire)
    The 2016 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association recognized FLEXcon in its Product of the Year Competition for the company’s FLEXmark® V240 R Clear Sharklet finishing product. Sharklet™, designed by UF startup Sharklet Technologies, is the world’s first microtexture that inhibits microorganism attachment and growth. FLEXcon has mimicked the texture in an overlaminating film that is now available to the imaging market. The material features 2.4 mil vinyl coated with a permanent adhesive and backed with a polyester overlaminating liner. The texture of shark skin makes it difficult for bacteria to attach and multiply. The texture of Sharklet™ textured film is similar, making it an environmentally-friendly approach to bacterial control. FLEXcon’s product limits the growth of bacteria on high-touch surfaces by covering graphics with Sharklet™.... Read more »
  • Sun BioPharma Starts Fourth 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 has completed its safety review of the data from the dosing of the third cohort of patients. As a result of this positive review by the DSMB, Sun BioPharma has initiated the fourth patient cohort in the SBP-101 dose escalation phase of the study. 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 »

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OTL News and Events

  • OTL is Hiring a Marketing Specialist (Apply Through UF Jobs)
    Are you a marketing professional who’s interested in moving research discoveries from lab to market to make the world a better place? Apply for the OTL Marketing and Communications Specialist position through the UF Jobs website! This position manages all aspects of campaigns marketing UF research discoveries to potential licensees in order to bring these discoveries to the market. This position also manages a... 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 »
  • Orange and Blue With Envy (SRQ Magazine)
    When he toured Gainesville, including the Office of Technology Licensing and the Innovation Hub, a couple of weeks ago with partners in the new University of Florida Innovation Station coming to Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation President and CEO Mark Pritchett “was blown away” by what he saw. ... Read more »
  • Researchers: Tap Into a New Source of Funding
    Tap Into a New Source of Funding with SBIR  When: 9 am to 5 pm April 22 Where: The Innovation Hub at the University of Florida  As it gets harder to find funding for your innovations, federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants are more important than ever. Help increase your competitive edge at a full-day workshop at the Innovation Hub run by... Read more »

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