UF – A Celebration of Innovation Startup Showcase

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The University of Florida ranks among the nation’s leaders at transferring world-class research to partners who turn these discoveries into commercial products that make the world a better place. Through their event A Celebration of Innovation, UF offers those interested in licensing, commercializing, investing or otherwise becoming involved in getting new discoveries to the marketplace a unique opportunity to see presentations by more than a dozen early-stage startups that have commercialized life science, medical device, and cutting-edge technologies generated as a result of the more than $700 million in research conducted annually at UF.

Presenting companies include Advanced fPAT Imaging, BitCauldron, Immersed Games, MyeloJAK Biomarkers, Myolyn,peerFit, Transformair and TAO Connect.

The UF Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) has launched 157 biomedical and technology startups in the past 12 years, generating more than $1 billion in private investment. This is a testament to the collaborative relationship between UF’s world-renowned faculty generating discoveries and OTL working to bring together the elements necessary to create successful startups.

Event Details

12 pm to 5 pm, Startup Showcase
5 pm to 7 pm: Inventor Recognition Ceremony and Reception

Hilton University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center
1714 SW 34th St.


2:00 pm – Registration opens

1:00 pm – Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. W. Kent Fuchs

President, University of Florida

1:15 pm – UF Research and Commercialization Milestones

Dr. David P. Norton

Vice President for Research

1:30 pm – Office of Technology Licensing Initiatives

David L. Day and Jane M. Muir

Office of Technology Licensing

UF Tech Connect®

Florida Innovation Hub at UF

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm – Panel Discussion: Strategic Partnering

Werner Kaufmann, Senior Manager Emerging Systems, BASF Corporation

Thomas Luby, Senior Director of New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Boston Innovation Center

Lee Strait, CEO, US Bioplastics

Richard Wright, Director, Advanced Technology Mission Systems & Training, Lockheed Martin

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Refreshment Break

3:15 pm – 5 pm – Startup Company Breakout Sessions

Presenting Companies (check back; updated as information becomes available)

Technology Track

BitCauldron, 3D Sound Design that Perfects Augmented Reality

Eventplicity, Streamlining Private Event Booking for Consumers and Venues

Evident Energy, Software that Assists Utility Companies and Customers in Conserving Energy

Immersed Games, Educational Software that Harnesses the Addictive Power of Video Games

Innovative Space Technologies

peerfit, Flexible Fitness Membership for Premium Classes at Home and on the Road

TAO Connect, Affordable, Effective, Accessible Online Treatment for Mental Health Problems

Biomedical Track

Advanced fPAT Imaging, Non-Invasive Imaging Platform for More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnosis

GentlePharm, Eye Drop Dispensers that Remove Preservatives, Retain Dosage Efficacy

Gila Therapeutics, Therapeutic Gum for Reducing Obesity

MyeloJAK Biomarkers, Biomarkers that Diagnose and Monitor Bone Marrow Cancer and Treatment

Myolyn, Cycling Products that Benefit Those with Neurological Disorders

Surfplasma, Portable Equipment for Quick, Safe Plasma Sanitation and Disinfection

Transformair, Purification Technology for Superior Indoor Air Quality

5 pm – Award Ceremony Followed by Inventors Reception


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