Gateway Newsletter

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.

September 2016 Innovation Gateway Highlights

Brian Schwartz, department of crop and soil sciences, and Innovation Gateway staff members met with Australian-based turfgrass producers to discuss licensing of UGA turfgrass varieties.

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

The University of Georgia is ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide for the number of U.S. utility patents granted in 2015, according to a recent list released by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

August 2016 Innovation Gateway Highlights

Three new staff recently joined Innovation Gateway. Senior Associate Director of Startups Ian Biggs will focus on strengthening UGA’s startup program by improving startup scalability, increasing the number and quality of fundable ventures, enhancing education and mentoring, and improving the overall speed and efficiency of the UGA startup process.

August 2016 Spotlighted Inventor – Scott Merkle

Scott A. Merkle, professor of forest biotechnology and associate dean for research at the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, has dedicated more than two decades to researching chestnut trees, and is currently working to develop blight-resistant American Chestnut trees.

DOE Request for Technologies and Research Outcomes

Innovation Gateway is responding to a recent Department of Energy (DOE) call for SBIR/STTR/FOA topics, by providing that agency with a list of inventions developed at UGA in seven areas: Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy … Continued

July 2016 Spotlighted Entrepreneur – Erico Mattos

Erico Mattos, a University of Georgia alumnus and co-founder of the horticultural and precision agriculture company PhytoSynthetix, was selected to attend the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The three-day meeting began June 22 with a morning address by President Barack Obama, who announced the first summit in 2010.

July 2016 Innovation Gateway Highlights

Innovation Gateway and Kerafast entered into a new license agreement involving 20 monoclonal antibodies for use as plant science research tools. To date, nearly 400 UGA research tools have been licensed to partners with global distribution capabilities.

Thank you to Dr. John Ingle

Innovation Gateway staff surprised John Ingle, former associate vice-president for research at UGA, with a collective “thank you” and provided him with a token of their appreciation – engraved marble bookends – at an event celebrating his retirement in June. The University of Georgia and the state of Georgia continue to benefit from his contributions to the UGA Research Foundation over the last 27 years.