Sponsors

Cox Communications is the local leader in digital video, telephone and internet innovation, capable of providing speeds up to 10G over Alachua County’s largest, fastest and most reliable fiber hybrid system. JD Powers has awarded Cox an unprecedented 28 times for best-in-class service, and Cox’s progressive and inclusive workplace is consistently awarded as among the best for women and minorities.

 

Hutchison PLLC represents many premier information technology and life science companies, with a strong focus on working with emerging-growth companies from inception through exit. Providing counsel on venture capital and private equity financing matters, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, securities law, intellectual property protection and employment law, Hutchison PLLC is known for coupling comprehensive legal advice with tactical business solutions. We understand our clients’ technologies and the unique opportunities and challenges they face, so we partner with them to provide responsive quality service, strategic advice, creative problem-solving and connections to investors. Hutchison PLLC is Driven by Our Clients’ Success.

GrayRobinson offers not only breadth across a great many legal specialties, but depth and proficiency in each one as well. GrayRobinson has invented a better brand of law firm, counting creativity as a hallmark characteristic and insisting on ingenuity and innovation. At GrayRobinson, there is no such thing as "business as usual." They are one of Florida's fastest-growing law firms and are proud to be on the forefront of emerging legal issues. The firm's strength is built upon the collective histories of GrayRobinson offices across the state. The roots run deep in each community that GrayRobinson serves. As they have expanded across Florida, the firm has added to the foundations laid by prestigious law firms in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West, Lakeland, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Tallahassee and Tampa.

University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator.

 The University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator (SMBI) in Alachua offers business development guidance, a lab/office complex with 22 wet labs, shared scientific equipment, animal facilities, and greenhouses. Sid Martin companies and graduates have attracted over one billion dollars in funding and created over 1500 high wage jobs. In 2013 SMBI took the #1 spot in three international competitions/rankings for business incubation. Awarding organizations were the National Business Incubator Association (with 1900 members in 60 countries) and UBI, a Swedish group that produced a benchmark report prepared from in-depth analysis of over 150 incubators from 20 countries. SMBI created and maintains the Florida BioDatabase a free, online database of all Florida bioscience companies. Companies interested in joining the incubator program are encouraged to call 386-462-0880. 

Banyan Biomarkers' mission is to pioneer the innovation, development, and commercialization of biomarkers to accurately and quickly diagnose traumatic brain injuries and build the world’s leading integrated company in the brain injury field.

Banyan Biomarkers' Vision is to lead the world in medical breakthroughs for the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic injuries, diseases and other unmet medical conditions. 

Founded in 1966, Santa Fe College (SFC) is a comprehensive community college with a fall enrollment that exceeds 16,000 credit students and annual enrollment of 10,000 non-credit students. SFC is ranked in the nation's top ten community colleges in degrees awarded and is a charter member of the League for Innovation in the Community College. The college sends more than 60 percent of is Associate of

Arts degree students to the University of Florida and places 97 percent of its career fast track graduates in the employment field of their choice. The college also offers corporate training, community education courses,and is home to the Center for Innovation and Economic Development located in downtown Gainesville. Contact Dug Jones dug.jones@sfcc.edu (352)395-5269 to learn more about Santa Fe College or online at www.sfcc.edu

 

Since 1996, attorney Sven W. Hanson has been serving North Florida and clients nationwide in protecting intellectual properties. As a registered U.S. Patent Attorney, Mr. Hanson handles U.S. patents and trademarks world wide. With a diverse technical background, his patent practice has included subjects ranging among optical devices, medical appliances, electronics devices, consumer pharmaceuticals, industrial machines, software applications, business methods, and chemical process equipment. As well, Mr. Hanson has represented writers and other artists in protecting copyrightable works through registrations, licensing and publication agreements. For additional information go to www.hansoniplaw.com or contact Sven Hanson at swhanson@bellsouth.net or 352-375-0082

Synogen invests in and partners with early-stage medical technology companies, providing them with assistance in vital areas such as management, business plan development, strategic planning, marketing, and regulatory and intellectual property issues.
Our goal is to complement the company's existing team and to speed up the development of their technology. We help them create their business plan and execute on that plan. We provide the resources necessary for the company to further develop its technologies and execute on its business plan while still in its formative stages, increasing the value of the company as it moves to the next round of capital investment and increasing its chances of ultimate success.

We are true partners in our portfolio companies, taking an equity position as co-founders of the company. This allows the companies in which we invest to conserve scarce cash resources and invest those resources in profitable development efforts. It also provides us with the same basis for return on investment as the original founders and later stage venture capital investors. The company must succeed in order for us to earn a return on our investment. This principle aligns our incentives and gives us commonality of goals.

CareerSource North Central Florida is the regional workforce board for Alachua and Bradford Counties. Formerly known as FloridaWorks, CareerSource NCFL launched a new brand in February 2014 as part of a statewide branding initiative. CareerSource NCFL is one of 24 regions in the CareerSource Florida network, a statewide network of workforce professionals.

The CareerSource North Central Florida vision and mission statements express what is important to the organization and what activities must be pursued for success.

Gainesville was named the Region of Excellence by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for a Competitive Workforce for its sustained, collaborative approach to economic development through education and workforce development.

 

Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk has received Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious "AV" rating, and is particularly active in patent matters involving inventions that pertain to environmental biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, plant biotechnology, medical and industrial instruments, organic chemistry, electronics, software, optics, and materials science.

The firm has extensive experience in filing and prosecuting patent applications and in representing clients whose applications have become involved in appellate or interference proceedings. Services provided by the firm also include providing patentability, infringement, and patent validity opinions; negotiating license and contract arrangements; as well as advising clients involved in the settlement of intellectual property disputes.

 

As the #1 Ranked City in North America, Gainesville offers a high quality of life to its residents. Gainesville is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. While Gainesville certainly is a university town, it is so much more as our residents know. Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville's numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to thousands of residents and visitors.

Tutor Matching Service was created to promote student success by increasing access to one-on-one education. TMS was originally piloted and financially sponsored by a handful of university tutoring centers (learning centers), career centers, and student governments including IUPUI (an Indiana University campus), Caltech, Purdue University, NYU-Polytechnic, and Kent State University.

SharpSpring is a cloud-based marketing automation provider offering a next-generation marketing automation solution rivaling the industries top platforms in terms of features, functionality and performance. SharpSpring is one of the most flexible platforms on the market, offering native or 3rd party CRM integration, fully integrated call tracking, universal CMS compatibility, in addition to integration with hundreds of applications.
With SharpSpring, see every lead that comes in, whether by phone or form, and compare all data side by side to get a full picture of end-to-end ROI.
SharpSpring is usually less than 1/3 the cost of other competitors, yet powerful enough to be trusted by hundreds of agencies and thousands of businesses around the world.  In 2014, SharpSpring was acquired by SMTP, Inc - a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ (SMTP).

 

Mission: Transferring University of Florida discoveries from the laboratory to the market to make the world a better place.

Successfully transferring new discoveries to the marketplace is an important responsibility for one of the nation’s top public research universities. The University of Florida has earned a reputation as a leader in commercializing discoveries that cure diseases, create jobs and make the world a better place. This reputation is the result of the collaborative working relationship between faculty generating new discoveries and the Office of Technology Licensing working to find commercial partners. OTL staff are dedicated to assisting UF employees who feel they have something new and useful, with patent potential.


Our mission is to support technology-based economic development...

through education and training, grant writing, strategic planning, consulting, and program management. We also help connect our clients with key technology transfer professionals in the federal government, private, public, and academic sectors.

You have a lot of banking choices out there – and we know we have to be better and different to earn your business.


We offer a full array of outstanding financial products and solutions designed to meet your needs. And our banking services are provided by local, knowledgeable professionals in a community bank environment. We have your best interest in mind.

If you need quick decisions on loans, competitive products and rates with quality service that exceeds your expectations – you will like doing business with us.

What we can’t communicate in words is our Passion of wanting to be your banker. You’ll have to experience that first hand.

Optym develops planning and scheduling software for railroads, airlines, shipping companies, cities… there is no limit to what we can do.

AGTC is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that uses its proprietary gene therapy platform to develop products designed to transform the lives of patients with severe diseases, with an initial focus in ophthalmology. AGTC's lead product candidates focus on inherited orphan diseases of the eye, caused by mutations in single genes that significantly affect visual function and currently lack effective medical treatments.

Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm that ranks among The American Lawyer’s top U.S. law firms. Our team has earned a solid reputation in complex litigation, regulatory and transactional work. We serve our clients’ interests first, and these clients range from Fortune 500 and middle market public and private companies to start-ups and emerging businesses. Through its wide-ranging international footprint, Locke Lord has received numerous industry recognitions as a global leader in the middle market sector.

CTD Holdings, Inc. was organized as a Florida corporation on August 9, 1990, with operations beginning in July 1992. In conjunction with a restructuring in 2000, we changed our name from Cyclodextrin Technologies Development, Inc., or CTDI, to CTD Holdings, Inc.; CTDI was then incorporated as a Florida corporation and became a wholly owned subsidiary of CTD Holdings, Inc.  We are a family of biotechnology growth companies focused on the use of cyclodextrins in drug development. The FDA recently accepted the Type II Drug Master File for our lead drug candidate, Trappsol ® Cyclo™, for filing.

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