December 2019 Innovation Gateway Highlights

  • DaniMer Scientific and Genpak are partnering to launch a new line of biodegradable food packaging.
  • Innovation Gateway executed the following agreements:
    • A non-exclusive license agreement for a blueberry cultivar developed by Scott NeSmith, UGA horticulture
    • Testing and option agreements for blueberry selections developed by Scott NeSmith, UGA horticulture
    • Testing and option agreements for ornamental selections developed separately by Carol Robacker and John Ruter, UGA horticulture
    • A license agreement for a new wheat cultivar developed by Mohamed Mergoum, UGA crop and soil sciences
    • Two license agreements with Absolute Antibody, Ltd, for monoclonal antibodies against Arabidopsis’ actins and profilins developed by Richard Meagher, Muthugapatti Kandasamy and Elizabeth McKinney, UGA genetics
    • Two license agreements with UGA startup company CyanVac for vaccine-related technologies developed by Biao He, UGA infectious diseases
    • A license agreement with a Korean company for the development of Hepatitis B antiviral drugs developed by emeritus professor Chung K. Chu, UGA pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences
  • UGA startup Aruna Bio appointed Renee Boerner as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.
  • A company pairing tattoo-seeking customers with customized designs and professional artists won the $5,000 top prize at UGA’s Idea Accelerator Demo Day pitch competition.
  • Do you have an idea for a new technology or product? Innovation Gateway is currently accepting applications for its Spring 2020 NSF I-Corps cohort. Learn more and apply here!
  • The Innovation District Seminar Series held its second event, featuring a panel of investors highlighting different funding opportunities.
  • Innovation Gateway hosted a delegation of LEAD Athens participants who learned about economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship at UGA.
  • Innovation Gateway met with first-year graduate students enrolled in the Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) program to discuss intellectual property and patents.
  • Innovation Gateway and Georgia Bio hosted an agricultural biotechnology networking event featuring presentations by Joe Grubbs, senior polymer scientist with DaniMer Scientific, and Wayne Parrott, UGA crop and soil sciences.
  • Innovation Gateway hosted a table at the annual Georgia Agribusiness Council Harvest Celebration. Attendees included a poultry science faculty inventor as well as a licensee of multiple ornamental cultivars and a licensee of citrus cultivars.