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.
  • Viamune, a pre-clinical stage company developing therapeutic cancer vaccines based on technology from UGA’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, entered into a joint collaboration agreement with GeoVax Labs, Inc., to further develop and commercialize cancer immunotherapy research.
  • Innovation Gateway signed a license agreement with a Chinese company for TifSport® bermudagrass and a testing agreement with a Japanese company for TifEagle™ bermudagrass, both developed by Wayne Hanna, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • Innovation Gateway executed an international license agreement for two blueberry cultivars, Titan® and Krewer™, developed by Scott NeSmith, department of horticulture.
  • The textile design and manufacturing course led by Suraj Sharma, department of textiles, merchandising, and interiors, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, hosted a guest speaker from Innovation Gateway to lecture on intellectual property and commercialization.
  • Innovation Gateway and Glydia Biotechnology, a recently formed UGA startup company, entered into an agreement for commercial use of anti-plant glycan monoclonal antibodies. These antibodies, developed by Michael Hahn and Sivakumar Pattathil, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, are used in biomass analysis including quantitation and profiling of specific carbohydrates.
  • Yajun Yan, founder of BiotecEra, Inc., discussed his company’s innovative chemical production technologies at the monthly Innovation Gateway Startup Stories seminar series.
  • Innovation Gateway signed license agreements for orchardgrass and white clover cultivars.
  • Innovation Gateway signed a testing agreement with a Hong Kong golf course for SeaStar® seashore paspalum developed by Paul Raymer, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • Lynkogen, a UGA biotech startup formed around the research of Dexi Liu, College of Pharmacy, was selected as a co-winner of the 1st Pitch Life Science Competition hosted by the Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship.
  • The first fully solar community in Charlotte, North Carolina, ReAlta, is committed to exclusively landscaping with TifTuf, a turfgrass variety developed by Wayne Hanna and Brian Schwartz that requires significantly less water to maintain healthy turf.
  • Innovation Gateway signed exclusive option agreements for ryegrass varieties and two red clover cultivars developed by Ali Missaoui, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • First-year microbiology graduate students and undergraduate plant biotechnology students learned about patents, intellectual property, and other services provided by Innovation Gateway.