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  • Amend Surgical Signs Exclusive License with UFRF (Yahoo! Finance)
    Amend Surgical, Inc. (Amend), a medical device company focused on enhancing the regenerative capacity of bone replacement products, signed an exclusive agreement with The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) to license patents for the development of Biomimetic Bone, a novel artificial bone substitute. UF researchers have developed a process for mineralizing collagen substrates using a polymer-induced, liquid-precursor process, which generates an artificial bone substitute that closely mimics the composition and structure of natural bone. This revolutionary process will allow Amend to fabricate a highly mineralized, load-bearing, bioresorbable, collagen hydroxyapatite composite that will serve as a pioneering technology in the area of artificial bone.... Read more »
  • How an Axogen Nerve Graft Saved a Marine Hero’s Arm (
    Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole was shot twice in the arm during a 2010 firefight in Marjah, Afghanistan, after his patrol came under fire from enemy insurgents. Despite being injured, Cole continued to hold back the enemy by returning fire as five wounded squad mates were moved to safety. Eight days later, he was one of the first patients in the world to receive one of the longest available nerve grafts — 70 millimeters, or nearly 3 inches, grown from cadaver tissue — to repair his arm. The Avance graft, made by UF startup Axogen, used in Cole’s arm acted as a conduit for the injured nerve, repairing the severed nerves and eventually becoming a part of the patient’s own tissue. Aside from some loss of dexterity strength, Cole now has full use and feeling in his arm.... Read more »
  • SharpSpring and Enthusem Integrate to Help Marketers Automate and Track Direct Mail-to-Digital Campaigns (EconoTimes)
    UF startup SharpSpring, Inc., a global provider of cloud-based marketing technologies that help marketers drive more leads, convert leads to sales and optimize their spend, announced the launch of its integration with Enthusem by Prospect Smarter, Inc., an offline-to-online marketing tool that automates direct mail, personalized at scale. The new integration allows customers to leverage information SharpSpring captures about prospects — such as site visits, emails opened, or lead score — to dynamically deliver hyper-personalized mailers from Enthusem. The printed mailer could then incorporate personalized elements such as the contact’s own social media images or company branding.... Read more »
  • Optym to Develop DriverMax with Greyhound Lines (Yahoo! Finance)
    UF startup Optym announced its collaboration with Greyhound Lines to develop DriverMAX, an algorithm-based system for driver route planning. Driver route planning at Greyhound is currently done manually by planners with decades of experience. DriverMAX will encapsulate this human experience and insight into a software solution that will generate the routes of more than 1,000 drivers within an hour. This software is expected to generate higher wages for each driver, improve their quality of life, and at the same time reduce the total cost of operations for Greyhound. Optym’s proposed software solution will create millions of options of driver assignments, evaluate those options with respect to multiple objectives, and recommend the best option. Optym expects to reduce the driving related costs by several million dollars per year, all the while meeting drivers’ lifestyle preferences and improving the quality of their lives.... Read more »
  • Banyan Biomarkers Adds to Board of Directors (Yahoo! Finance)
    UF startup Banyan Biomarkers, Inc., a pioneer in developing biomarkers for traumatic brain injury (TBI), announced that Herb Boyer, PhD, co-founder of Genentech, will serve on the Banyan Biomarkers’ Board of Directors. Dr. Boyer co-founded Genentech in 1976 and served as a director of the company until its 2008 acquisition by Roche. Dr. Boyer also served on the board of Allergan for 19 years. The company also announced that Frédéric Sweeney, PhD, will be joining the Banyan Biomarkers’ Board of Directors. Dr. Sweeney currently serves as Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Alliances at bioMérieux S.A., has held senior executive positions at T2 Biosystems, Inc., Tornado Spectral Systems Inc. and started his career as part for Canada’s largest life science venture capital and private equity firm.... 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:   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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