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Startups in the News

  • Governor Makes Gainesville Stop to Laud Job-Creating Entrepreneurs — Including UF Startups RAPiD Genomics, Verigo — at Innovation Hub (Gainesville Sun)
    Gov. Rick Scott made a swing through Gainesville’s Innovation Hub Thursday afternoon to present seven young business leaders with the Young Entrepreneur Award to highlight their work and encourage more of the same — including entrepreneurs from two UF startups: Marcio Resende and Leandro Neves of RAPiD Genomics and Adam Kinsey of Verigo.  “Florida’s on a roll,” Scott said. “We are becoming the leader in job creation.”... Read more »
  • Florida Institute Funds Medical Technology Company MYOLYN (PR Newswire)
    The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute)  has finalized a funding agreement with MYOLYN, a Gainesville-based company with technology licensed from the University of Florida. MYOLYN is applying recent advances in robotics, automation, and control theory to rehabilitation and therapy products for individuals with neurological disorders. The Institute supports new company creation based on publicly-funded research, and bridges early funding gaps for companies spinning out of Florida-based universities and research institutions.... Read more »
  • ViewRay Announces First International MRIdian Installation at Seoul National University Hospital (PR Newswire)
    UF startup ViewRay, Inc.  announced the first international installation of its MRIdian System, the world’s first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system that images and treats patients simultaneously, at Seoul National University Hospital, a leading healthcare facility in Korea. “We pride ourselves on offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art treatment options to our patients; therefore, MRI-guided radiation therapy was a must-have,” said Hong-Gyun Wu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Department Chairman of Seoul National University Hospital. “We are proud to be the first MRI-guided therapy center in Asia and one of the first in the world to use this breakthrough technology. The MRIdian system allows us to see the tumor and surrounding soft tissues both before and during treatment, so we can adapt to changes in the patient’s anatomy.”... Read more »
  • At High-Tech Myolyn, UF-Trained Engineers Bridge Research, Entrepreneurship
    A Gainesville startup company that is developing bicycles to allow paralyzed people to exercise is an example of how the University of Florida can bridge academics, research and entrepreneurship to bring inventions to the public. Myolyn started as a class project for CEO Alan Hamlet, 28, and Chief Technology Officer Matthew Bellman, 26, as graduate students in mechanical engineering. In 2013, they took an engineering entrepreneurship class and won the class business plan competition. That summer, they started Myolyn around the plan, based on Bellman’s research in Professor Warren Dixon’s Nonlinear Controls and Robotics lab. Dixon and Bellman patented a method for controlling the intensity and timing of electrical impulses to stimulate muscle movement for a smooth pedaling motion based on the specific characteristics of each user.... Read more »
  • Sun BioPharma Announces U.S. FDA Grants IND for SBP-101 Pancreas Special Effect First in-Class Compound
    Sun BioPharma Inc., a privately-held, pre-clinical biopharmaceutical company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Investigational New Drug (IND) status to its lead development candidate, SBP-101, a polyamine analogue compound licensed from the University of Florida with therapeutic potential for both pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis indications. As a result of FDA acceptance of the IND, a Phase 1 clinical study of SBP-101 to treat patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), the most common form of pancreatic cancer, is expected to begin in Australia prior to the end of 2015 and in the United States during the first quarter of 2016.... Read more »

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OTL News and Events

  • Researchers: Tap Into a New Source of Funding
    As it gets harder and harder to find funding to move your innovation from the bench to the marketplace, SBIR grants are more important than ever. Help increase your competitive edge by joining us for our Oct. 7  SBIR and STTR workshop run by Jim Greenwood of Greenwood Consulting, nationally known for helping companies, entrepreneurs and inventors like you achieve... Read more »
  • Assoc. Director Jane Muir Among Women Who Make a Difference Honored by Girl Scouts (Gainesville Sun)
    Assoc. Director Jane Muir Among Women Who Make a Difference Honored by Girl Scouts (Gainesville Sun) Brownies, Daisies and Juniors dressed in brown vests packed with Girl Scouts badges sat among a sea of guests to honor five of Gainesville’s most accomplished women on Thursday. At the ceremony the University of Florida Hilton, the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council celebrated Jane... Read more »
  • UF among nation’s leaders in licensing, patents and startups (UF News)
    The UF Office of Technology Licensing helped to launch Sentinel Diagnostic Imaging in fiscal year 2013, along with 15 other startup companies based on UF research discoveries. According to statistics recently released by the Association of University Technology Managers as part of its annual licensing survey, the 16 startups launched that year put UF sixth in the nation, ranked among... Read more »
  • Associate Director Jane Muir Wins Spirit of Gainesville Award (Gainesville Magazine)
    OTL Associate Director Jane Muir won the Spirit of Gainesville Award in the Entrepreneurship category for her work founding the Empowering Women in Technology Startups program ( Ewits is gearing up to start a new session in January, and applications are open (see website for details). The next info session is Dec. 11.... Read more »
  • Some Inventions out of UF Find Huge Success (Gainesville Sun)
    Inventors and researchers from the University of Florida create products and make new discoveries, but it is the university?s Office of Technology Licensing that helps those products and discoveries make money in the marketplace. The OTL works with inventors with patentable or copyrightable technology to bring new products to the marketplace. Many of those inventions go on to see large... Read more »

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