Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC), a biotechnology company conducting human clinical trials of adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapies for the treatment of rare diseases, has been selected as the top company in the 2017 Gator100 awards.
The Gator100, named after the University of Florida’s mascot, recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest-growing businesses in the world that are either owned or led by University of Florida graduates. The annual award is sponsored by the University’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center and Warrington College of Business. The winning companies were announced in February at the Gator100 Awards Gala at the University of Florida.
“We are grateful to the University of Florida for its ongoing support as we have evolved from a small startup to a publicly traded company actively enrolling patients in two critical trials to evaluate gene therapies for rare ocular conditions,” said Sue Washer, President and CEO of AGTC. “We are proud to be recognized alongside so many accomplished and diverse peers who are making a positive impact across a diverse group of leading industries.”
AGTC was originally located within the University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator and the company maintains extensive ties to the University through multiple Sponsored Research Agreements, covering basic research projects and supporting pre-clinical and clinical development for new product candidates.
“We congratulate AGTC for earning the top spot in the 2017 Gator100,” said Jamie Kraft, Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the Warrington College of Business. “The company’s continued growth reflects its leadership in the development of innovative gene-based therapies that have the potential to dramatically improve lives. We are proud to continue to partner with a company that is making an impact on patients and the biotechnology industry.”