May 2020 Innovation Gateway Highlights

  • Innovation Gateway executed the following agreements:
    • A license agreement with UGA startup CyanVac for technology being used by Biao He, UGA infectious diseases, to develop a possible COVID-19 vaccine
    • An amendment to a license agreement with South Africa to add blueberry cultivars developed by Scott NeSmith, UGA horticulture
    • Multiple testing and option agreements for blueberry selections developed by Scott NeSmith, UGA horticulture
    • Non-exclusive license agreements for five peanut cultivars developed by Bill Branch, UGA crop and soil sciences
    • Multiple testing and option agreements for ornamental tree selections developed by Donglin Zhang, UGA horticulture
    • A testing and option agreement for an ornamental peanut cultivar developed by Wayne Hanna, UGA crop and soil sciences
    • Four license agreements with Absolute Antibody for the transfer of 28 cell lines that produce antibodies against several proteins
    • A license agreement with a Louisiana-based startup company for medical software technology codeveloped by Gregory Strauss, UGA psychology
    • A license agreement with UGA startup Glyco Expression Technologies for a suite of research tools developed by Kelley Moremen, UGA biochemistry and molecular biology
    • A license agreement with an international animal health company for a poultry vaccine against the pathogen Mycoplasma gallisepticum developed by Stanley Kleven and Naola Ferguson-Noel, UGA population health
  • Golfers are loving and praising the new Waiehu Golf Course in Hawaii. The back and front nines were recently renovated using SeaStar® seashore paspalum, a salt-tolerant turfgrass cultivar developed by Paul Raymer, UGA crop and soil sciences.
  • Southeast Life Sciences is hosting a special PitchRounds competition for early-stage southeastern companies working on COVID-19 products. Applications are due May 22. 
  • The UGA NSF I-Corps Spring 2020 Showcase was held and featured 12 teams of UGA innovators presenting their research and technology.
  • The Booz Allen Foundation has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to help nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. Applications are due June 5.
  • The March/April 2020 issue of Turfgrass Producers International’s Turf News featured an article detailing the selection and installation of TifTuf certified bermudagrass at the University of Florida. TifTuf® bermudagrass was developed by Brian Schwartz and Wayne Hanna, UGA crop and soil sciences.
  • The April 2020 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics highlighted Innovation Gateway’s efforts to maintain operational continuity during the pandemic.
  • The COVID-19 Virtual Design Sprint kicked off and featured nearly 200 UGA students identifying problems related to COVID-19 and quickly developing solutions. 
  • Derek Eberhart spoke to the Georgia Innovates Task Force about the essential role higher education plays in fueling the innovation economy.
  • The third of four events in Innovation Gateway’s annual Technology Transfer Educational Series was held and featured Chris Linder and Heather Gorman, two intellectual property attorneys who presented a basic introduction to patents and IP.
  • Innovation Gateway is a proud partner to the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance, which uses global incentive competitions to crowdsource solutions to the world’s grand challenges.