October 2017 Innovation Gateway Highlights

  • UGA I-Corps is accepting applications for its second cohort to begin in January 2018. Apply here!
  • Innovation Gateway and the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development entered into an exclusive worldwide license for the online version of the educational board game titled Q-Perspectives® – Leadership Edition. Fanning Institute faculty Brandy Walker and Richard McCline developed the game, which is designed to be used in groups to explore and measure subjective perceptions of individuals around the topic of leadership.
  • Innovation Gateway and Infrared Rx Inc., a UGA startup dedicated to developing and delivering advanced tools that monitor and track blood flow in patients, have entered into an exclusive option agreement pertaining to methods, devices and software for monitoring blood flow, muscle metabolism and oxygen transport in muscles. Infrared Rx Inc. recently received a $183,142 Phase I STTR grant from the National Institutes of Health to commercialize the technologies they have recently licensed.
  • Innovation Gateway leadership presented to members of the Investment Committee at the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees meeting.
  • Innovation Gateway staff represented the University of Georgia at the Georgia Bio Innovation Summit at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.
  • Innovation Gateway partnered with the Graduate Research Assistants Diversifying STEM student organization at UGA to host an entrepreneurial seminar for students interested in starting a company.
  • Innovation Gateway and Kerafast Inc., have entered into license agreements pertaining to nine new research reagents including:
    • Two anti-mosquito ecdysteroids polyclonal antibodies and their respective BLG conjugates developed by the groups of Mark R. Brown and Michael R. Strand, department of entomology;
    • One anti-α-islet-like adipokinetic hormone (AKH) polyclonal antibody developed by Mark R. Brown; and
    • Four novel and ultra-efficient, metal-free click-chemistry reagents developed by Vladimir Popik’s research group in the department of chemistry.
  • Innovation Gateway executed multiple testing and option agreements for various experimental ornamental plant selections, developed by John Ruter, Carol Robacker and Matthew Dirr, department of horticulture.
  • The October Innovation Gateway Lunch and Learn event featured Stephen MacDonald, managing director of the Bio/Med Investor Network, who discussed the Network as well as several important issues early-stage companies should consider when looking to raise capital.
  • The professionalism and career development course led by Harald Scherm, department of plant pathology, hosted guest speakers from Innovation Gateway to present on innovation, intellectual property and technology transfer.
  • The Georgia Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership hosted their board of directors meeting in Athens, where they toured the Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility and received updates on UGA research, entrepreneurship and the College of Engineering.
  • Arun Swaminathan, co-founder & chief executive officer of Lynkogen Inc., discussed his company’s protein-based pharmaceutics at the monthly Innovation Gateway Startup Stories seminar series.
  • Innovation Gateway staff, UGA faculty and entrepreneurs participated in a UGA/Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Networking Day at the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health – Athens facility.
  • Innovation Gateway executed an exclusive license agreement for a new soybean variety with LibertyLink® herbicide resistant technology, developed by Zenglu Li, department of crop and soil sciences.
  • The Georgia Research Alliance published a video featuring Eminent Scholar Ted Ross and his pursuit of a universal flu vaccine.