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The payroll of the Corridor's Aviation and Aerospace sector is $1.2 billion for 16,000 employees.
"We licensed the patents from UF for their Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and since then have further advanced the technology to include collision avoidance capabilities, side cameras and image processing."
Derek Lyons, Business Development Director at Prioria Robotics in this month's Faces of Technology.
Royalties stemming from a pharmaceutical commercialization partnership between AstraZeneca PLC and Targacept, Inc. could add up to become the University of South Florida's (USF) largest licensing deal. Initially, the USF research team that developed the drug was funded by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council's Matching Grants Research Program to study an effective treatment for children with Tourette syndrome, but later found the drug was a better candidate for treating symptoms of depression.
Named TC-5214, the antidepressant drug will go through final stages of testing before AstraZeneca and Targacept develop it for global commercialization. Details on USF's portion of the royalties are unavailable because of its confidentiality agreement. However, AstraZeneca has announced an upfront payment to Targacept of $200 million upon effectiveness and up to $540 million if development milestones are achieved, with an additional $500 million for reaching specified sales numbers.
"This has been a long and sometimes difficult journey, but this is a significant achievement that speaks to the value of investing time and resources into drug development and entrepreneurial research," said Dr. Paul Sanberg, USF Health researcher who was a part of the team. "We thank the FHTCC for its support of the project in its beginning stages."
For more information, visit http://hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu/health/now/?p=9366.
A new tool developed by a University of Florida (UF) scientist provides a closer-and more detailed-look inside the human body, thanks to an innovative spin on endoscopy. Traditional endoscopes utilize a small camera attached to a long tube to take snapshots of the inside of a patient's gastrointestinal tract. In the prototype created by Huikai Xie, a UF associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, the camera is replaced with infrared scanners that can obtain images of the tissue below the surface at much higher resolution.
This scanning endoscope could revolutionize traditional diagnostic procedures, as well as provide added benefits to patients during surgery and treatment.
For more information, visit http://news.ufl.edu/2009/11/19/smart-scope.
The seventh facility as part of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Business Incubation Program will open early next year in St. Cloud after construction is completed. A partnership between Osceola County, the city of St. Cloud, the University of Central Florida, Snow Construction Inc., OUC and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, the 14,200 square foot facility is the first expansion into Osceola County.
The UCF Business Incubation Program is also considering a facility that will cater specifically to the needs of biomedical companies that emerge from the new Medical City development at Lake Nona surrounding UCF's College of Medicine, the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
For more information, visit http://www.incubator.ucf.edu/newscenter/2009_PressReleases/12-14_osceola.html.
florida.HIGH.TECH 2010 Showcases What's Next in Innovation
Published annually by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) in partnership with the Maddux Business Report, florida.HIGH.TECH 2010 features a variety of compelling articles about high tech industry in the Corridor, including the recurring feature highlighting 16 "Faces of Technology," entrepreneurs in the region who are developing innovative technologies with the potential to revolutionize the industry. Viewers can watch these dynamic individuals tell their own stories through the FHTCC's YouTube Channel, http://www.FacesofTechnology.com. Look for new video uploads each week from Faces around the Corridor.
To download florida.HIGH.TECH 2010, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/resources/directory.html.
Corridor Students Prepare for State Science and Engineering Fair
The success of this program is thanks to the many volunteers who assist by mentoring students during their research project, serving as a member of the judges' panel or special Scientific Review Committee, and especially by sponsoring an award or scholarship to recognize young talent for their achievements.
If you are interested in volunteering in any way with your local Science and Engineering Fair, please contact Carmel Saxon at email@example.com or (407) 320-0186, who can then direct your inquiry to a local affiliate.
With a location ideally suited for a thriving aviation and aerospace industry, the Florida High Tech Corridor's 23-county region houses some of the nation's most notable organizations, programs and institutions in the field. Strong links with NASA and divisions within the armed forces have built up complementary sectors, including modeling, simulation & training, and defense, expanding the reach of the aviation and aerospace industry.
Manufacturers and developers of flight simulators can be found throughout the Corridor, from Lutz-based OPINICUS Corporation (http://www.opinicus.com), to Orlando's Adacel Technnologies (www.adacel.com), to Simflightronics Corporation in Deland (www.simflightronics.com). Better pilots are produced from the technology coming out of our region, as well as from our Corridor institutions. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach (www.erau.edu/db) not only produces world class and highly trained pilots, but also generates a high tech workforce skilled in aeronautical engineering, launch systems and computer technology.
Another company leading the way in first-of-its-kind aeronautical innovations is Gainesville-based Prioria (www.prioria.com), a pioneer in autonomous unmanned vehicles. Prioria designed an aerial system that can be launched by a single person and utilizes custom-built sensors to defensively maneuver around detected obstacles while collecting data.
These innovations demonstrate the rapid growth within the Corridor's aviation sector, providing an even brighter future for engineering advancements to come.
Derek Lyons, Business Development Director
Your roots: Prioria's management team is made up of University of Florida graduates who founded the company in 2003. We licensed the patents from UF for their Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and since then have further advanced the technology to include collision avoidance capabilities, side cameras and image processing.
For a video interview, visit http://www.FacesofTechnology.com.
Dr. Jim Pearson
A Fellow of SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering) and OSA (the Optical Society of America) and a Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Jim currently serves as the Director of Research and Administration for the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida. As part of his position, he facilitates industry partnerships for marketing and research programs. Jim also serves as the executive director of the Florida Photonics Cluster, an organization that supports professionals in the photonics industry by providing professional development and networking opportunities, as well as a unified voice for the industry in the region.
As part of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council's Core Team, Jim helps manage the outward marketing efforts of the FHTCC's optics industry. This month, he will join other regional leaders to represent the Corridor at the SPIE Photonics West conference, the largest photonics and laser event in North America. He also supports photonics technician training programs.
Jim's support for the industry in the Corridor has amassed a greater awareness of how large this cluster is and how greatly it impacts our high tech economy. The Florida High Tech Corridor Council commends Jim for his long-term dedication and guidance.
TECH BUSINESS PARTNER NEWS
Tampa Bay Technology Forum Announces Partnership with 82 Degrees Tech
For more information, visit http://www.82degreestech.com/.
Florida Ranked Sixth in Entrepreneur-friendly States
For more information, visit http://www.sbecouncil.org/uploads/SBSI2009%20Release%20US%5b1%5dpdf%20version.pdf.
Sarasota County EDC Focuses on Future with Economic Outlook 2010
Economist Sean Snaith, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida, will lend insight to the future of the economy and its role in high tech industry as the keynote speaker. In addition, local CEOs including Rob Campbell of Volate, Jeffrey Jones of Jones Chemical and Robert Meade of Doctor's Hospital will answer questions in an interactive panel discussion. Economic Outlook 2010 will take place on January 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.edcsarasotacounty.com/register.asp?e_id=160.
STEMflorida Launches Business Roundtables to Address Workforce Needs
All business leaders that have a stake in the high tech workforce of tomorrow are encouraged to attend any of the following sessions: January 29, The Haskell Company, Jacksonville; February 18, Lockheed Martin, Orlando; February 22, Florida Power & Light, Juno Beach; or March 1, Gulf Power, Pensacola.
For more information, visit http://www.stemflorida.net.
Biotech Companies Expand in Tampa Bay Region
The two new companies within the University of South Florida's (USF) incubator include Quantum Immunologics, a privately held R&D company focused on personalized treatment and therapies for cancer patients, and StemCell Lab Corp., a consultant service that develops cellular therapies. Both of these companies join 20 other companies currently located at USF's Tampa Bay Technology Incubator.
An additional company to expand to the Tampa Bay region is Trod Medical, a Paris-based manufacturer of FDA-approved surgical devices that recently headquartered its U.S. operations in Lakewood Ranch. Trod's patented Encage device utilizes radio frequency to heat diseased tissue and stop the growth process.
For more information, visit http://www.usfconnect.org/images/QI%20press%20release.pdf, http://www.usfconnect.org/images/stemcelllabcorp%20press%20release.pdf, or http://www.manateeedc.com/NewsPDF.aspx?ID=70.
Corridor Companies Honored in ITFlorida Award Ceremony
FHTCC Partner Voted Vice Chair of FEDC Young Professionals
Sharklet Technologies Product Named to Inc.'s Top Innovations in 2009
Workforce Florida CEO Takes Additional Reins as OTTED Director
Calendar of Events
The following events are taking place across the Corridor's 23-county region or in the surrounding area:
TEC Talk Session for Technology Entrepreneurs
Economic Outlook 2010
Economic Outlook for Small Business
Book of Lists Celebration
STEM Business Roundtables
2010 Florida Venture Capital Conference
CORRIDOR INDUSTRY NEWS
In Melbourne's industrial heartland, there are six engineers at one small company who don't worry about losing their jobs. That future, many believe, will in some way touch on photonics, the industry centered on putting light to work, whether carrying data through a fiber optic cable, cutting metal and circuits with a laser, or displaying information.
Communications equipment exporter Multicom Inc. in Longwood expects better times in 2010 as a weak dollar and reviving international economies fuel demand for new hardware.
SRI's new facility on the waterfront in St. Petersburg will have its opening ceremony.
Inside Florida's High Tech Corridor is published by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council Inc. (FHTCC) and its economic development partners. FHTCC is an initiative of the University of Central Florida (http://www.ucf.edu), the University of South Florida (http://www.usf.edu) and the University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu). For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.floridahightech.com, or contact one of the region's economic development partners listed at http://www.floridahightech.com/resources/economicDevOrgs.html.
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