Issue 72 - November 2018


Entrinsic Health Solutions and Nestlé Health Science Enter Global Partnership for Novel Amino Acid Product enterade®


Entrinsic Health Solutions (EHS), an innovative health sciences company, announced that they have entered into a partnership with Nestlé Health Science (NHSc), a global innovative leader pioneering premium-quality, science-based nutritional health solutions. The partnership gives NHSc the exclusive rights to market EHS’s enterade® product.
This partnership is structured as a worldwide commercial license and supply agreement for EHS’s electrolyte beverage using a patented combination of proprietary amino acids to help address hydration issues in patients with gastrointestinal (GI) issues related to cancer or chronic GI disease. EHS received early funding from the Institute in 2014. More information may be viewed here.

OB Medical® Now Part of the Philips Portfolio

This year Philips celebrates 50 years as a trusted partner in obstetric care. The acquisition of OBMedical technology aims to improve Patient Monitoring and will further strengthen Philips’ ability to provide high quality solutions in caring for laboring mothers and their babies. OB Medical received early funding from the Institute in 2013. More information may be viewed here.

SharpSpring Named 2018 Tech Company of the Year by Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce


The Greater Gainesville Chamber annually honors businesses for their role in helping the region become the global hub of talent, innovation, and opportunity. Nominees stand out for excellence and innovation within business practices and community involvement. The 2018 Awards Celebration was held on November 15th, and marketing automation firm SharpSpring received top honors in the Tech Company category. SharpSpring received early funding from the Institute in 2012 and now occupies a new, 70,000 square foot office building which houses nearly 200 employees. More information may be view here.

South Florida Marine Research Hub Holds Annual Summit
at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show


Investors, corporate partners and researchers participated at the Summit on November 1stto hear about world-class programs underway at South Florida’s four research universities, with projects ranging from reef restoration to biomedicine to fisheries and marine ecosystems. The mission of the Hub is to position South Florida as the global hub for marine research that advances medicine, food, energy and climate science, and more information may be viewed here.

Don’t Miss IT Palooza 2018!

7th Annual Event to be Held on December 13th at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center


ITPalooza is South Florida’s Premier Technology Conference, brought to you by the South Florida Technology Alliance and the IT Palooza Organizing Committee. Now in its 7th year, ITPalooza is the preeminent platform to drive business deals and forge valuable connections with local and regional tech professionals. Great content includes:
  • Keynote Speech by Jim McKelvey, Founder of Square and Launchcode
  • Dozens of speeches, panels and workshops on such topics as venture capital, blockchain, digital transformation, IOT, cyber security, AI and MedTech and more.
Some of tech’s biggest names such as CBS and RingCentral have come together for this year’s ITPalooza to offer their insights into the future of technology. Be in the know on topics such as the Future of Work, Digital Transformation, Live Video Streaming for Big Business, and Backup & Replication Software. More information about the conference and registration may be viewed here.

Register Today for the Florida Venture Forum Annual Conference


In celebration of the Florida Venture Forum's 35th Anniversary, the 28th annual conference will be held at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 31 – February 1, 2019. The Annual Florida Venture Capital Conference™ is Florida’s most prominent, “Go To”, capital investment-centric event and gathering each year.
The 2019 Florida Venture Capital Conference offers numerous networking opportunities, programming featuring top investors and deal makers active in the state, and showcases Florida’s most innovative and fast growing later stage, private companies before an audience of venture capitalists, investors, and other service providers. More information may be viewed here.

About Us


Formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007, the Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology 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 $2.5B+ 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. Seventy-two companies have been funded to date, and the Institute’s economic impact through June 30, 2018 was $1.4 billion, with an annual return on investment of 31 times to the State of Florida.