Success Stories: Turning UGA Research into Products

April 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
234 W Hancock Ave
Athens, GA 30601
Tyler Duggins

Join us at Ciné for UGA Success Stories! 

Did you know that more than 675 products and 160 companies have emerged from UGA research?

Join us on April 24th as we explore and celebrate UGA’s success in bringing scientific discoveries to the marketplace. Hear firsthand from UGA researchers and entrepreneurs who turned their research breakthroughs into new products and businesses that drive economic development.

Innovation Gateway’s annual Technology Transfer Educational Series, “Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry,” is a four-part series that highlights how Innovation Gateway collaborates with UGA researchers to maximize the impact of their discoveries by partnering with industry, or helping to launch startup companies, to move discoveries from the lab or field to the marketplace.

The fourth and final event in the series, “Success Stories: Turning UGA Research into Products,” will feature an exclusive panel of UGA researchers and entrepreneurs sharing their licensing and startup success stories and experiences, followed by questions from the audience. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Wayne Hanna, Ph.D., inventor of numerous citrus and grass cultivars including TifTuf® bermudagrass, the new industry standard for drought-tolerant turfgrass;
  • Marc van Iersel Ph.D. & Erico Mattos, Ph.D., co-founders of Candidus, Inc., a UGA startup developing cost-effective lighting strategies for greenhouse production;
  • Tom Robertson, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder Cogent Education (IS3D LLC), a UGA startup recently acquired by Cambium Learning® Group; and
  • Holly Sellers, Ph.D., inventor of several licensed UGA poultry vaccine products to help secure Georgia’s $28 billion poultry industry.

The one-hour panel discussion will be followed by a networking reception with refreshments. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. RSVP to Tyler Duggins at or 706-542-8969.