July 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

  • Innovation Gateway and Hayden-McNeil Publishing (MacMillan Learning) have entered into four exclusive license agreements to publish three organic chemistry lab manuals authored by Richard Morrison and Richard Hubbard, department of chemistry, and one statistics lab manual authored by Jennifer Kaplan and Kristen Roland, department of statistics.
  • As part of their growth strategy, incubator resident company Swissaustral recently announced its partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks, a biotechnology organism company, to develop improved enzymes for different industrial applications.
  • Innovation Gateway executed exclusive license agreements for two new wheat cultivars developed by Mohamed Mergoum and Jerry Johnson, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • An Innovation Gateway staff member attended a meeting of the Atlanta Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society, which focuses on best practices of intellectual property licensing.
  • Outside patent counsel from Smith, Gambrell & Russell in Atlanta presented to Innovation Gateway staff on a recent case regarding sovereign immunity and its impact on intellectual property protection and licensing for state universities.
  • Innovation Gateway executed a non-exclusive license agreement for a new muscadine cultivar developed by Patrick Conner, department of horticulture.
  • FCS Technology, a startup project developing a technique for the isolation and separation of cancerous circulating tumor cells from blood based on the research of Leidong Mao, College of Engineering, received a $25,000 Phase IA GRA Ventures award from the Georgia Research Alliance.
  • Innovation Gateway staff met with and presented to a group of Australian turfgrass producers visiting UGA’s Tifton campus who will grow, market and sell TifTuf® bermudagrass, developed by Brian Schwartz and Wayne Hanna, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • Innovation Gateway executed multiple testing and option agreements for ornamental selections developed by John Ruter, Carol Robacker, Donglin Zhang, and Matt Dirr, department of horticulture.
  • The SEC Technology Transfer Directors meeting in Atlanta was hosted by Innovation Gateway for the sixth consecutive year.