Tech Transfer eNews Blog

Comings and goings

By David Schwartz
Published: March 16th, 2016

  The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) has appointed entrepreneur Jackson Streeter, MD, to serve as its CEO. The Institute is a non-profit organization that supports new company and job growth by helping Florida university start-ups bridge the gap in early funding. The Institute works with tech transfer offices across the state to help turn Florida’s academic innovations into products and companies.

“Dr. Streeter will be a great asset to the institute, bringing his extensive experience working with the start-up and investment communities to Florida-based companies,” says Rick Wassel, chairman of the Institute board of directors. “The Institute is at a critical point in its development and plays a vital role within Florida’s innovation ecosystem, and we look forward to Dr. Streeter’s leadership and vision.”

Streeter previously served as CEO of Banyan Biomarkers of Alchua, FL. Under his leadership, the company received over $75M in contracts and grants from the Department of Defense and raised $10M in private investment for its groundbreaking blood test for traumatic brain injury. Streeter also founded and led PhotoThera Inc., where he raised over $120M in private investment and launched five U.S. and international clinical trials.

Source: PR Newswire

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  Oakland University (OU) in Michigan has signed on researcher and business executive Michael W. Long, PhD, to serve as technology transfer mentor-in-residence for intellectual property development and commercialization. Long will work with the university’s revitalized Technology Transfer Office to help OU researchers take their innovations to market, whether through licensing their IP or launching their own start-ups.

In addition, Long will assist in evaluating IP potential within different units across campus. Long has been a principal investigator on a number of research projects, raising roughly $30 million in funding. The University of Michigan spun out some of his patents to form a company that Long then directed. Overall he has launched four biotech companies, recruited and led their managing teams, and engaged private investors, the FDA and pharmaceutical companies of all sizes. His new role as mentor-in-residence at OU is sponsored in part by a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Source: Hometown Life

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