January 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

  • Ramaraja Ramasamy, College of Engineering, received a $200,000 Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Transfer (AIR-TT) award from NSF to develop a portable sensor for the rapid detection of crop infections.
  • Innovation Gateway executed an exclusive license agreement for a wheat variety developed by Jerry Johnson, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • Innovation Gateway and Kerafast entered into eleven non-exclusive license agreements involving 26 monoclonal antibodies developed in the labs of Edward Kipreos, department of cellular biology; Richard Meagher, department of genetics; Kelley Moremen and Carl Bergmann, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center; and Richard Lee (ret.), Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. To date, more than 30 UGA principal investigators have contributed materials to Kerafast.
  • An exclusive license was executed with Hayden-McNeil Publishing for the distribution of two new laboratory manuals authored by Richard Morrison and Richard Hubbard, department of chemistry.
  • The Spring 2017 Innovation Gateway Internship program is underway. During this semester-long program, interns learn to conduct patent assessments, prepare non-confidential technology summaries for marketing purposes, and conduct market research. For more information on the Internship program, please contact Rachael Widener at
  • Innovation Gateway executed a non-exclusive license agreement for a blueberry cultivar developed by Scott NeSmith, department of horticulture.
  • Innovation Gateway and Ximbio entered into a non-exclusive license agreement involving two bacterial strains developed by Michael Doyle and Tong Zhao, Center for Food Safety.
  • Innovation Gateway and Smith Tempel Blaha LLC hosted an intellectual property (IP) boot camp to explain some of the fundamentals of IP and how these concepts may impact university research.
  • Steve Stice, CSO of ArunA Biomedical and director of UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center, is the first principal investigator from UGA to be highlighted in the “Featured Lab” section of Kerafast’s newsletter.
  • Innovation Gateway executed testing agreements for two red clover cultivars developed by Ali Missaoui, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • Innovation Gateway is partnering with a local high school’s entrepreneurship class to provide students with real-world business experience from UGA entrepreneurs.
  • Innovation Gateway executed a license agreement with a Japanese company for two bermudagrass cultivars developed by Wayne Hanna, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • The Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference was held in Savannah, where Innovation Gateway staff exhibited and distributed information about licensing superior fruit varieties developed at UGA.
  • MJM Chemical, a GRA Ventures startup company formed around the research of Richard Morrison, department of chemistry, will have an exhibit at the 2017 BIO International Convention.
  • The Georgia Department of Economic Development published an article showcasing UGA startup PhytoSynthetix’s supplemental far red lighting system.