March 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

  • Innovation Gateway executed a license agreement with an Argentinian company for TifGrand bermudagrass, developed by Wayne Hanna, crop and soil sciences department.
  • Innovation Gateway executed several license agreements with startup companies pertaining to UGA-developed vaccines for mumps, influenza, rabies and tuberculosis.
  • Innovation Gateway executed a wheat-breeding collaborative research agreement with five other land-grant universities related to research by Jerry Johnson and Mohamed Mergoum, crop and soil sciences department.
  • Daniel Morrison, co-founder of UGA startup company MJM Chemical, discussed his company’s innovative and efficient manufacturing processes for bioactive amines at the monthly Innovation Gateway Startup Stories seminar series.
  • Innovation Gateway executed an option with a startup company for technologies related to diagnostic methods for determining the likelihood of developing disorders related to harmful environmental agents.
  • Innovation Gateway hosted James Hoberg, director of licensing & external innovation at MilliporeSigma, who presented on prolific research tools, materials and reagents, and how UGA researchers can generate additional funding for their laboratories.
  • Innovation Gateway and BlueDoor Publishing have entered into license agreements pertaining to the publication of four undergraduate biology laboratory manuals authored by UGA faculty at the Biological Sciences Division, in collaboration with researchers from the departments of genetics, plant sciences and marine sciences. Authors are Kristen R. Miller, Marguerite Brickman, Cara Gormally, Norris Armstrong, Amanda K. Lane, Walter Darley, Ava Howard, Valerie Flint, Kathy Loftis and Catherine Ketter.
  • Innovation Gateway hosted a Lunch and Learn session with Scott Lowry, a partner in the corporate group at Fortson, Bentley & Griffin, P.A., who discussed several legal and tax issues facing startups.
  • April 1 marked the beginning of Acropolis, a month-long celebration of innovation in Athens, Georgia.
  • Innovation Gateway staff members attended the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2017 Annual Meeting. They moderated a special interest group for plant licensing and intellectual property protection and a panel on recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Court rulings affecting intellectual property, and served on the 2017 Annual Meeting Planning Committee.
  • The UGA Center for Vaccines and Immunology hosted its first symposia on influenza antigenic diversity for researchers and industry.
  • Brent Marable, Innovation Gateway assistant director of plant licensing, graduated from the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL) program.
  • Innovation Gateway hosted its quarterly Board of Advisors featuring presentations by Daniel Morrison, co-founder of UGA startup company MJM Chemical, and Felipe Sarmiento, business innovation director at Swissaustral, an incubator company.
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting published a blog highlighting UGA chemist alumnus Charles Herty, who invented the Herty Pot, a device used to collect resin from pine trees.