October 2019 Innovation Gateway Highlights

  • The Sept. 2019 edition of the Golf Course Management magazine featured the renovation of Waiehu Golf Course using SeaStar® seashore paspalum, a salt-tolerant turfgrass cultivar developed by Paul Raymer, UGA crop and soil sciences.
  • Governor Brian Kemp proclaimed October 2019 as Intellectual Property Month in Georgia. View the proclamation here.
  • Innovation Gateway executed the following agreements:
    • Testing and option agreements for ornamental selections developed by John Ruter, UGA horticulture;
    • Testing and option agreements for muscadine grape selections developed by Patrick Connor, UGA horticulture;
    • Testing and option agreements for blueberry selections developed by Scott NeSmith, UGA horticulture; and
    • License agreements for five blueberry cultivars developed by Scott NeSmith, UGA horticulture.
  • An Innovation Gateway staff member presented a webinar on how to create a compelling submission for Pitch and Play – The AUTM Venture Challenge, a business plan competition for university startups.
  • Innovation Gateway hosted one of the largest ornamental nursery growers in the nation on campus to learn more about UGA’s ornamental plant breeding programs. To date, UGA researchers have developed over 400 cultivars of commercially impacting plants, including ornamental varieties.
  • Steve Stice, co-founder and chief scientific officer of ArunA Bio, presented at the Exosome Based Therapeutic Development Summit in Boston, MA.
  • Innovation Gateway staff presented on intellectual property, licensing and entrepreneurship to members of the New Materials Institute and the Center for BioEnergy Innovation.
  • The popularity of the university-wide entrepreneurship certificate has grown exponentially, from 33 students in 2016 to 580 students last spring.
  • An Innovation Gateway staff member attended the 2019 Pecan Grower’s Field Day in Leary, Ga., which was presented by the UGA Pecan Breeding program.
  • Innovation Gateway sponsored the 33rd annual Georgia Peanut Tour, which provided a firsthand view of peanut industry infrastructure from production and handling to processing and utilization.