May 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

  • Astellas Pharma Inc. acquired Ogeda SA, a drug discovery company located in Belgium, for US $800 million. UGARF received a portion of the sale proceeds in exchange for equity held in Ogeda through a license for technology developed by Milton Cormier, emeritus professor of biochemistry.
  • Innovation Gateway has released its 2017 Research Tools Catalog, which includes hundreds of technologies available for licensing, as well as related services UGA provides in support of researchers and companies.
  • Innovation Gateway executed a license agreement with a major animal health company for a new infectious bronchitis poultry vaccine, developed by Mark Jackwood, department of population health, and Brian Jordan, departments of population health and poultry science.
  • Innovation Gateway executed a testing agreement in Qatar for TifTuf bermudagrass developed by Brian Schwartz and Wayne Hanna, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • Innovation Gateway and Kerafast entered into license agreements involving an anti-Actin7 monoclonal antibody developed by Richard Meagher, department of genetics, and two anti-linseed mucilage monoclonal antibodies developed by Michael Hahn, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center.
  • Nutrivert, a company founded by Michael Azain to develop feed additives for poultry and swine, was awarded a Georgia Research Alliance Ventures Phase IA grant of $23,830.
  • PhytoSynthetix, a UGA startup company located in Innovation Gateway’s incubator, received a Georgia Research Alliance Ventures Phase IIB grant of $70,466 to further develop its plant-controlled lighting technology.
  • UGA horticulture student Jesse Lafian and his automated moisture sensor technology and startup company, Reservoir, LLC, were highlighted in Georgia Trend’s blog.
  • Coinciding with Georgia’s presence at the BIO International Convention, the Georgia Department of Economic Development sponsored an advertisement in the June 2017 issue of Delta Sky magazine that features UGA and several other leading research centers and institutions in the Georgia life science industry.
  • Innovation Gateway staff members participated in several plant-related events: the 2017 UGA Plant Center Spring Symposium; the 71st Annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference; and the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics Retreat, where the John Ingle Innovation in Plant Breeding Award was introduced.
  • Innovation Gateway executed an exclusive license agreement for an ornamental grass cultivar, as well as testing agreements for an experimental ornamental grass selection and various experimental citrus lines, developed by Wayne Hanna, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • UGA’s internationally acclaimed turfgrass breeding program was showcased in an article in Georgia Trend.
  • Innovation Gateway executed exclusive and non-exclusive license agreements with multiple companies for blueberry cultivars developed by Scott NeSmith, department of horticulture.
  • Innovation Gateway executed two license agreements for peanut varieties developed by Bill Branch, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • The Summer 2017 Innovation Gateway Internship program is underway. Over the past five years, 47 graduate, law and business students have gained firsthand experience in IP evaluation, protection, and licensing as well as the startup process. Former interns are now working as IP attorneys, patent agents, academic tech transfer professionals, and in various roles with corporations including Panasonic, Shire and Merial. For more information on the program, please contact Rachael Widener at rwidener@uga.edu.