UGA Board of Visitors hosts Innovation Gateway

Products, technologies, and startup companies emerging from UGA research were featured in May during a luncheon hosted by the UGA Board of Visitors at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta.

The UGA Board of Visitors serves to establish new relationships and strengthen ties between UGA and its elected officials, community organizations, and business and philanthropic leaders. Its members become key ambassadors for the university through participation in quarterly programs highlighting the University’s expertise and successes in research, teaching and service.

Derek Eberhart, Innovation Gateway Director, gave the Board an overview of how Innovation Gateway moves UGA research into the marketplace and moderated a panel discussion featuring UGA faculty and students whose innovations are benefiting society, as well as the state.

The Board members explored displays and samples of products produced by UGA researchers and startup companies, including products developed by some of the panelists. Highlighted innovations included turfgrasses; wound treatments SilvaKlenz ® and Silvion®; blueberry and pecan varieties; poultry vaccines; ornamental plants, including hydrangeas and gardenias; Revalife®, a topical joint health treatment; and Clevudine, a treatment for Hepatitis B.

Featured faculty panelists were Shanta Dhar, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; Mark Jackwood, J.R. Glisson Professor of Avian Medicine and Head, Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine; Brian Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Breeding and Management, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tifton Campus; and Steven Stice, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, and Director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center.

Featured student panelists were Grace Ashby, Ph.D. student in the Poultry Science Department working in Mark Jackwood’s laboratory; Catherine “Cali” Callaway, a Foundation Fellow working in Steven Stice’s laboratory; and Ru Wen, a graduate student and researcher working in Shanta Dhar’s laboratory.