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2016 OTL Calendar: For the Gator Good

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Startups in the News

  • Axogen’s Nerve Protector Enables Amputee to Move and Feel Prosthetic (The Doctors)
    The national daytime talk show The Doctors presented the landmark surgical procedure involving the use of UF startup AxoGen’s AxoGuard® Nerve Protector. The segment featured an interview with Dr. Ajay K. Seth, an orthopedic surgeon at Spectrum Orthopedics in Canton, Ohio, and his patient, 44-year-old Melissa Loomis, whose arm was amputated above the elbow following a raccoon bite that became infected. Seth reduced Loomis’ nerve pain and restored some nerve function to her arm by using Axogen’s AxoGuard® Nerve Protector to isolate and protect nerves, serving as a soft tissue graft. Melissa now has motor control as well as simulated sensory feedback allowing her to feel each of the five fingers on her prosthesis. The surgery was also successful in alleviating Melissa’s pain.... Read more »
  • Altavian Partners with College to Collect Data for NASA
    UF startup Altavian Inc. is using its unmanned aerial systems in partnership with a Dayton, Ohio, community college to collect data for NASA engineers. Sinclair Community College and Altavian announced that the school would use the company’s fixed-wing Nova F7200 and its Galaxy R8700 octocopter, carrying a NASA sensor, to better understand the algae blooms that have plagued parts of Lake Erie for years. Funded by the state of Ohio and the University of Toledo, some 30 NASA engineers and staff are working with the college and Altavian, in what members are calling “a cross-functional team.”... Read more »
  • ViewRay Receives CE Mark Approval for its MRIdian Linac System (Yahoo! Finance)
    UF startup ViewRay, Inc. announced that the company has received CE Mark approval for its next generation linear accelerator-based MRI-guided radiation therapy system, the MRIdian Linac. The MRIdian Linac builds on the first generation MRIdian system, but replaces cobalt with linear accelerator technology. The MRIdian is the world’s first and only clinical MRI-guided radiation therapy system. In addition to receiving CE Mark approval for the MRIdian Linac in Europe, the company has also submitted its 510(k) application for the MRIdian Linac technology in the United States.... Read more »
  • Nanotherapeutics Receives NIAID Contract Valued at Up to $159.4 Million (BusinessWire)
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded UF startup Nanotherapeutics, Inc. a contract for advanced biologics manufacturing services. The startup is a contract development and manufacturing organization, and the contract is part of a multiple award IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) pool. It has a maximum ceiling of $159.4 million and a performance period of up to 10 years. “Our contract with the NIAID represents a major achievement for the company,” stated Robert V. House, Ph.D., Nanotherapeutics’ Senior Vice President, Government Contracts. “Having successfully fulfilled numerous contracts for various divisions of the U.S. Government over the past 16 years, this new award is a reflection of the strength of Nanotherapeutics’ advanced biologics expertise and proven development and manufacturing capabilities.”... Read more »
  • BTIG Initiates ViewRay at Buy, Expects Hospital Arms Race in Live Imaging (Benzinga)
    BTIG Equity Research initiated Viewray Inc. shares with a Buy rating and a 12-month price objective of $6 based on the expectations of hospital arms race in live imaging. The comments come on the heels of the UF startup company receiving Chinese regulatory approval for its MRIdian system, as China is considered as one of the biggest markets for medical devices. BTIG analysts, led by Sean Lavin, believe ViewRay is the only company providing a radiation option that images while treating. The lead analyst thinks that MRIdian system could provide better outcomes with fewer side effects. ... Read more »

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OTL News and Events

  • 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 »
  • Moving Inventions Beyond the Lab (UF News)
    Shirley Pincus woke up in her hospital bed and waited for the pain. Years of failed surgeries had eroded her optimism. The pain always came back. A nerve block hadn’t helped. Amputating the tips of two toes didn’t, either. A nerve-repair technology invented by University of Florida scientists had given her a glimmer of hope, but after more than seven hours of... Read more »

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