Gateway Newsletter

May 2018 Innovation Gateway Highlights

Innovation Gateway and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a unit of the UGA Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, entered into a copyright and trademark license for the “Connect to Protect Coloring Book,” an educational tool aimed at teaching young children about plants and pollinators.

May 2018 Spotlighted Entrepreneur – Marc van Iersel

Marc van Iersel, Dooley Professor of Horticulture within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Arkansas and joined the UGA horticulture department in 1995.

April 2018 Innovation Gateway Highlights

The Office of Research Industry Engagement team, led by Innovation Gateway, launched the Industry Express program to streamline the processes for companies licensing and sponsoring research at UGA.

April 2018 Spotlighted Inventor – Darrell Sparks

Darrell Sparks, professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is widely known as “Mr. Pecan” for his research in the physiology, management and development of new cultivars that contributed in large part to making Georgia No. 1 in pecan … Continued

University Economic Development Association 2018 Awards of Excellence

The University of Georgia’s Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, Dr. Jennifer Frum, and Vice President for Research, Dr. David Lee, are seeking a more active role in the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Awards of Excellence by their respective units. Playing a more active role in UEDA includes increasing UGA’s submissions to UEDA’s annual “Awards of Excellence” program, which recognizes outstanding, leading-edge, higher education projects and initiatives promoting economic development and engagement.

Entrepreneurship program helps students turn ideas into reality

It starts with an idea. Jesse Lafian’s idea promotes more efficient soil irrigation. Caleb Adams and Graham Grable’s idea translates high-performance computation into everyday uses. And UGA’s Entrepreneurship Program helped these ideas go from hasty math—on a napkin in Adams’ case—to viable prototypes.

February 2018 Spotlighted Inventor – Ted Ross

The UGA research efforts of Ted Ross, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar of Infectious Diseases and director of the Center for Vaccines and Immunology, have led to more than a dozen invention disclosures, several pending patent applications, and three license agreements.

February 2018 Technologies Wanted

Innovation Gateway occasionally receives requests from companies seeking solutions to product development challenges and expressing interest in new research tools that may be used in research relating to human, veterinary and plant diseases (broadly defined).

UGA Startup Promoting Student Learning Acquired

Athens-based UGA startup IS3D, maker of Cogent Education™ interactive educational software, was acquired by Cambium Learning® Group. IS3D was founded by eight UGA faculty and staff members including Tom Robertson, Ph.D., a former associate professor in the College of Veterinary … Continued

November/December 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

The second of four events in Innovation Gateway’s annual Technology Transfer Educational Series, Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry, was held in November. The third event will be held Thursday, February 8, 1 to 2 p.m., in Coverdell Auditorium S175.

November/December 2017 Spotlighted Entrepreneur – Hitesh Handa

Hitesh Handa, an assistant professor in the UGA College of Engineering, has developed a surface coating with an antimicrobial function that attacks harmful bacteria by releasing nitric oxide, a naturally occurring gas with potent antimicrobial properties.

UGA Citrus Cultivars Licensed for the First Time

Three new cold-tolerant citrus cultivars developed by Wayne Hanna, a professor in the department of crop and soil sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have been exclusively licensed to a South Georgia nursery, 1 DOG Ventures, LLC. These include the first citrus cultivars released by UGA.

September 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

Innovation Gateway has released its third Technology Catalog, which lists device-type technologies aimed at applications in the agricultural, medical and telecommunication sectors.

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.