June 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

  • Lynkogen, a UGA biotech startup developing therapies for diabetes based on the research of Dexi Liu, College of Pharmacy, received a $25,000 Phase IB GRA Ventures award from the Georgia Research Alliance.
  • Innovation Gateway executed an exclusive license agreement for two citrus cultivars developed by Wayne Hanna, department of crop and soil sciences. These are the first citrus cultivars developed and licensed by UGA.
  • The Clayton Tribune published an article highlighting Innovation Gateway’s economic impact.
  • An Innovation Gateway staff member participated in an annual soybean research meeting at the University of Missouri, along with representatives of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, five universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.
  • Innovation Gateway executed an exclusive license agreement for a new Roundup Ready (RR2Y) soybean developed by Zenglu Li, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • UGA startup companies MJM Chemical and ArunA Biomedical, and Innovation Gateway staff attended the 2017 BIO International Convention held in San Diego, representing the University of Georgia in the State of Georgia Pavilion. Daniel Morrison, co-founder of MJM Chemical, presented his company’s innovative and efficient manufacturing processes for bioactive amines. Steve Stice, Chief Scientific Officer of ArunA Biomedical, presented on the biologics ArunA Biomedical is developing to target multiple central nervous system disorders.
  • Innovation Gateway executed three non-exclusive license agreements for a new muscadine cultivar developed by Patrick Conner, department of horticulture.
  • The June Innovation Gateway Lunch and Learn session featured Julie Collins, VentureLab Principal with the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, who discussed customer discovery and I-Corps.
  • Innovation Gateway executed an exclusive license agreement with countries in southern Africa for blueberry cultivars developed by Scott NeSmith, department of horticulture.
  • An Innovation Gateway staff member attended the inaugural Elevate Georgia Strategic Communications Symposium hosted by the UGA Division of Marketing and Communications.
  • Innovation Gateway executed multiple testing and option agreements for blueberry and pecan selections developed by Scott NeSmith and Patrick Conner, respectively, department of horticulture, and for citrus selections developed by Wayne Hanna, department of crop and soil sciences.