September 2018 Innovation Gateway Highlights

  • UGA startup company Lectenz® Bio was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Fast-Track grant from NIH to develop further its affinity reagents and tools for glycoscience, the field studying complex carbohydrates.
  • Innovation Gateway executed a license agreement for a peanut cultivar developed by William Branch, UGA crop and soil sciences.
  • Innovation Gateway partnered with Georgia Bio to host a life sciences networking event featuring presentations by Hitesh Handa and James Warnock, UGA College of Engineering.
  • Innovation Gateway executed multiple testing and option agreements for various ornamental plant selections developed by Carol Robacker and John Ruter, UGA horticulture, and Wayne Hanna, crop and soil sciences.
  • The Innovation Gateway Lunch & Learn in August featured Connie Casteel, program manager with the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), who discussed the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
  • Innovation Gateway executed three testing agreements and two license agreements for various blueberry selections and cultivars developed by Scott NeSmith, horticulture.
  • Innovation Gateway executed a license agreement for multiple ornamental grass cultivars developed by Wayne Hanna, crop and soil sciences.
  • The Georgia Research Alliance’s “July 2018 Notes” featured the rise of entrepreneurship at UGA.
  • Innovation Gateway staff members participated in several plant-related events: the 2018 UGA Griffin Turfgrass Research Field Day; the Molecular & Cellular Biology of the Soybean conference and Southern Soybean Breeder’s Tour in Athens; and the Georgia Seed Association’s annual meeting.
  • Innovation Gateway staff met with incoming graduate students at the 2018 Graduate School Orientation and Information Fair to discuss technology transfer, intellectual property and entrepreneurial programs.
  • An Innovation Gateway staff member attended the AUTM Crop Productivity Partnering Forum in St. Louis, promoting agricultural technologies developed at UGA.