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  • Exactech Expands Presence in Japan with Shoulder, Knee, and Hip Replacement Systems (BusinessWire)
    UF startup Exactech, Inc., a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration products and biologic solutions for extremities, knee and hip, marked the first clinical use of recently approved shoulder, knee and hip replacement systems in Japan this quarter. These surgeries coincided with the series of new product introductions the company has reported in the U.S. Exactech has gained regulatory approval to introduce additional products from each of its three major product segments to the Japanese market. The first Optetrak Logic® CR knee system was implanted on April 6 at Taketa Medical Association Hospital in Oita. The Novation® Crown Cup acetabular component debuted on April 26 in Ukubo City. The first Exactech total hip replacement surgery in Japan took place on May 16 at the Taketa Medical Association Hospital when a surgeon implanted the Alteon Tapered Wedge Stem along with the Crown Cup. The first Equinoxe Reverse Shoulder system was implanted June 5 at Sano Memorial Hospital.... Read more »
  • Henry Ford Cancer Institute First in World to Install MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy with MRIdian Linac (PR Newswire)
    The Henry Ford Cancer Institute is the first in Michigan – and first in the world – to offer patients an advanced radiation therapy that uses an FDA-approved real-time magnetic resonance imaging and linear accelerator delivery for more precise and accurate radiation treatment. The ViewRay MRIdian Linac® by UF startup ViewRay is the world’s first and only FDA-approved commercially available linear accelerator-based MRI-guided radiation therapy system that can image and treat patients simultaneously. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the company’s next generation model for use in February.... Read more »
  • UF Health Surgeon Performs First-of-Its-Kind Computer-Assisted Surgery in U.S. Using New Technology (UF Health)
    A University of Florida Health orthopaedic surgeon is one of two nationally to perform the first computer-assisted shoulder replacement surgery in the U.S. using a new technology by UF startup Exactech allowing live navigation of the operative site. The technology, ExactechGPS Total Shoulder Application, provides the surgeon with a real-time 3-D computer model of a patient’s shoulder during surgery. It does this by combining CT scan images with data from instruments mounted with tiny infrared cameras.... Read more »
  • Tampa Area Corporate Titans Back Peerfit (Nibletz)
    UF startup Peerfit relocated to Tampa Bay after participating in the Healthbox Startup Accelerator hosted at Tampa Bay Wave in 2014. There, they were able to fine tune their product and grow important relationships that have helped lead them to where they are today.  In 2016 the company raised $1.56M dollars that they used to grow the business. This week they closed out a $2.3M bridge round, bringing their total funding to $5 million dollars since they started the company in 2011.... Read more »
  • Preclinical Data Demonstrates Efficacy of AGTC-402 Therapy for Achromatopsia (EIN Newsdesk)
    UF startup Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company conducting human clinical trials of adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapies for the treatment of rare diseases, announced the publication of IND-enabling preclinical data demonstrating the safety and efficacy of AGTC-402 in the treatment of achromatopsia (ACHM) due to mutations in the CNGA3 gene. The study, “Safety and Efficacy Evaluation of rAAV2tYF-PR.1-hCNGA3 Vector Delivered by Subretinal Injection in CNGA3 Mutant Achromatopsia Sheep” appears in the June issue of Human Gene Therapy Clinical Development and was led by researchers at the Volcani Center and Hebrew University in Israel. The gene-based therapy used in this study, AGTC-402, utilizes AGTC’s proprietary AAV technology to deliver a functional copy of the human CNGA3 gene.... Read more »

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OTL News and Events

  • UF to Receive Additional $7.4 Million in State Performance Funding (UF News)
    The University of Florida will receive an additional $7.4 million in state performance funding this year versus last year, bringing the total allotted to the university since 2014 to more than $103 million. The money will be used in UF’s ongoing efforts to hire and retain the world’s best and brightest faculty and keep the university on the path to... Read more »
  • New Report: Licensing of Academic Patents Has Contributed up to $1.3 Trillion to US Economy (BusinessWire)
    The licensing of university research has made a significant contribution to US gross domestic product (GDP), industry gross output, and jobs over the last two decades, according to an independent study commissioned by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), which was released today. The report, “The Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the United... Read more »
  • OTL Is Hiring a Licensing Associate
    Do you want to change the world? OTL needs a licensing associate to join with us in our mission, moving inventions from the labs into the marketplace where they can make the world a better place. This licensing associate position assists a licensing team by providing administrative support for all aspects of managing the protection and licensing of new technologies. It involves... Read more »
  • UF Incubator News: Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute Named World’s No. 1 Biotech Incubator
    Sid 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 »

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