Gateway Newsletter

July 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

Innovation Gateway executed exclusive license agreements for two new wheat cultivars developed by Mohamed Mergoum and Jerry Johnson, department of crop and soil sciences.

July 2017 Spotlighted Inventor – Jason Locklin

Jason Locklin is an associate professor in the department of chemistry and College of Engineering and Director of the New Materials Institute, a transdisciplinary and collaborative effort to research and develop new processes, products, and materials based on green engineering principles.

Ruth Davis & Ruihua Dong Win Poster Competition at 2017 SEASR Meeting

Ruth Davis and Ruihua Dong, research professionals with the Monoclonal Antibody Facility at UGA’s Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility, won this year’s poster competition at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Shared Resources (SEASR) in June in Tampa, Fla.

Fueling the Innovation Pipeline in FY 2017

Innovation Gateway is committed to growing the UGA innovation ecosystem and expanding the impact of products and companies emerging from UGA research, both here in Georgia and around the world.

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.

UGA ranked among top 100 universities worldwide for U.S. patents

For the third consecutive year, the University of Georgia was ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide for the number of U.S. patents granted in 2016, according to a list released this week by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

May 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

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.

May 2017 Spotlighted Inventor – Mark Eiteman

Mark Eiteman, recipient of the UGA Inventor of the Year Award in 2014 and Professor of BioChemical Engineering and Microbiology in the College of Engineering, is the inventor of multiple metabolic engineering technologies directed toward industrial-scale production of commodity and specialty chemicals with the concomitant consumption of CO2.

UGA awarded Innovation Corps Site status

The University of Georgia has been named an Innovation Corps Site by the National Science Foundation, enhancing UGA’s ability to turn ideas and research discoveries into commercially viable products or services by providing early evaluation of projects through a customer discovery process.

April 2017 Spotlighted Entrepreneur – Dexi Liu

Dexi Liu, the Panoz Professor of Pharmacy and head of the department of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, College of Pharmacy, is co-founder of Lynkogen, Inc., a pre-clinical stage biotechnology startup company developing protein-based pharmaceutics for the treatment of obesity, fatty liver, and other metabolic diseases.

April 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

The University of Georgia recognized excellence in UGA research and scholarly activities in April at the 38th Annual Research Awards banquet. Richard Meagher, Distinguished Research Professor of Genetics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, received the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Biao He, Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator and Fred C. Davison Distinguished University Chair in Veterinary Medicine, received the 2017 Inventor of the Year Award.

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.

March 2017 Spotlighted Inventor – John Ruter

John Ruter, professor of horticulture, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and inventor of many novel ornamental plants, serves as director of the Trial Gardens at UGA, where plants and sees from across the world are evaluated and bred.

New Materials Institute Holds Kick-Off & Information Summit

Innovation Gateway staff joined research faculty and industry partners and liaisons in February at the kick-off event and information summit for the New Materials Institute (NMI), a transdisciplinary institute that facilitates integrative, collaborative research at the fundamental, testbed and systems levels that results in new materials based on green engineering principles.

January 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

Ramaraja Ramasamy, College of Engineering, received a $200,000 Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Transfer (AIR-TT) award from NSF to develop a portable sensor for the rapid detection of crop infections. Innovation Gateway executed an exclusive license agreement for a wheat variety developed … Continued

January 2017 Spotlighted Inventor – Qingguo “Jack” Huang

Qingguo “Jack” Huang, associate professor in the department of crop and soil sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is developing innovative environmental science technologies in a variety of different areas. Huang’s research has led to one issued patent and … Continued

UGA scores big at latest Georgia Bio awards

University of Georgia faculty and staff were honored with multiple awards by Georgia’s life sciences industry association, Georgia Bio, at its 2017 Annual Awards Dinner on Jan. 26 in Atlanta.

November/December 2016 Innovation Gateway Highlights

The Bradford Assay, a colormetric method for rapidly measuring protein levels, was one of the first products based on UGA research. More than 40 years later, the 1975 paper describing the tool invented by alumnus and biochemist Marion Bradford has become one of the Top 5 most cited scientific papers in history.

Georgia Bio Hosts 15th Annual Innovation Summit

Hundreds of life science and biotech innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the state and nation gathered in Atlanta last month for the 2016 Innovation Summit hosted by Georgia Bio.

October 2016 Innovation Gateway Highlights

Abeome, a UGA startup company located in Innovation Gateway’s incubator, received an NIH NHLBI SBIR Phase 2 grant of $1.5M to further develop its proprietary monoclonal antibodies.