Building Companies, Changing Lives

Issue 41- April 2016


Paracosm Featured in AECbytes as Optimum Data Capture Solution

Paracosm, a cloud-based software company that transforms reality into 3D models, was featured with beta customer Caveo Consulting Engineers in AECbytes (Architecture Engineering Construction) recently as an alternative to laser scanning. Paracosm’s team of computer vision and 3D graphic experts has developed a cloud-based platform that uses consumer-grade depth cameras to replace expensive and complex 3D surveying and modeling workflows. According to William Speakman, Building Information Modeling (BIM) Analyst at Caveo Consulting Engineers, Paracosm’s 3D scanning provided a better solution in the challenging healthcare environments in which they work, producing accurate and easier to share images while enabling the company to scan areas without disturbing or relocating occupants. 

Institute CEO Jackson Streeter, MD Presents at
One Spark Creator Innovation Day Conference

Dr. Jackson Streeter presented at the One Spark Creator Innovation Day Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville held on April 7, 2016. The conference was a full-day state-of-the-art program created by Jacksonville Community of Entrepreneurs (JAXCoE) and One Spark Ventures, that provided creators and entrepreneurs with information, tools and local resources to move their ideas from concept to company. This year’s conference featured an opening address by Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, as well as over 60 speakers and breakout sessions led by experts in four tracks: innovating your business, protecting your idea or business, funding your business, and running your business.

Vigilant Biosciences Announces Publication of Research on Risk Stratification System for Oral Cancer

Vigilant Biosciences, Inc. (Vigilant), is a leading innovator and developer of solutions that aid in the early detection and intervention of cancer. The company announced that Cancer Prevention Research, a peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, published an article on clinical research establishing proof-of-concept for the technology licensed and now under commercial development as part of the Company’s OncAlert™ Oral Cancer product line.

KynderMed Named Finalist for Cade Museum Prize for Innovation

KynderMed, a company that has developed a safe, non-invasive medical device that enables at-risk women to avoid the onset of premature labor, has been selected as a finalist for the 7th Annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize for Innovation. The Prize is an annual competition for early-stage inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida that provides seed capital and publicity for great ideas with market potential.

Florida Growth Fund Holds Annual Meeting

The Florida Growth Fund held their annual meeting in Tallahassee on March 24, 2016, where Institute Board Chairman Rick Wassel and Institute Vice Chairman David Day joined Hamilton Lane and other stakeholders to discuss Florida’s innovation and investment ecosystem. The Florida Growth Fund manages $750 million of capital dedicated to prudent investment in technology and growth related businesses with significant presence in the state of Florida, and seeks to enhance Florida’s capacity for development, growth and innovation while simultaneously generating an attractive return for the Florida State Board of Administration.

Florida Patent Pro Bono Program Director Presents at
Florida IP Symposium

Dana Vouglitois, Esq., Program Director for the  Florida Patent Pro Bono Program, presented at the Intellectual Property Law Committee of the Florida Bar’s 7th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld on April 7, 2016, where she discussed program goals and progress to date, as well as benefits of volunteering for patent agents and attorneys. The Institute launched the Florida Patent Pro Bono Program in early 2014 in collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office, to help under-resourced inventors with several aspects of the patent prosecution process. The program is now offered in all 50 states.  

Register for the BioNetwork East 2016

Join the BioNetwork Partnering Summit for BioNetwork East 2016 on May 2-4, 2016 at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, FL. Launched in 2003, the BioNetwork is a platform for business development executives across the pharmaceutical and biotechnology space to come together in an intimate setting and develop relationships that lead to strategic partnership. BioNetwork East showcases products from business services, environment and waste management, plant, machinery and equipment, and research and development industries. More details and event registration may be viewed here.

 Register Today for 13th Annual BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology

Join BioFlorida for the 13th Annual BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology on May 12, 2016 at RTI Surgical in Progress Park, Alachua, FL. The Celebration of Biotechnology is an outdoor event showcasing the life sciences community in the region and throughout Florida. Now in its 13th year and hosted by RTI Surgical and UF Sid Martin Biotech Institute, the Celebration continues to attract more than 80 exhibitors and 500 professionals. The event offers a bus tour of Progress Park which highlights several local biotech companies, informative exhibits and great networking opportunities. More details and event registration may be viewed here.

Register Today for Florida Venture Forum
2016 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference

Join the Florida Venture Forum and its partner, Space Florida, for the Ninth Annual Florida Early Stage Capital Conference and the Sixth Annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition on May 17, 2016 at the Hilton Carillon Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Listen to pitches from some of the most dynamic Florida based early stage companies and network with investors. Presenting companies will be selected by a panel of judges to win up to $150,000.
The Ninth Annual Florida Early Stage Capital conference will feature expert panel discussion, exclusive investor networking opportunities, speakers and presentations by many of Florida’s top entrepreneurial companies. More details and event registration may be viewed here.

Save the Date for the 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

The 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference  will be held on November 15-17, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL.  The HHS/STTR Conference helps small businesses in the life science sector learn more about over $870 million dollars of annual HHS funding that is available to forge academic partnerships and build new businesses based on recently developed biotechnology. Attendees will discover how to successfully submit an application; gain tips for approaching partners and investors; discover the types of technical assistance programs HHS offers to awardees; and have the chance to discuss specific questions with HHS SBIR and STTR subject-matter experts. More details and event registration may be viewed here

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Formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research is a non-profit organization that works collaboratively with the technology licensing and commercialization offices of Florida’s state universities and private research institutions to leverage a $2B+ research base and form investable companies that create clean jobs in new industries that are driving the global economy. The Institute provides company building services, and seed funding through the Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund, to promising Florida startups. Forty-eight companies have been funded to date, and the Institute’s economic impact through June 30, 2015 was $379 million, a return on investment of 14 times to the State of Florida.