New Initiative to Establish Atlanta as the “Center for Global Health” Discussed at Georgia Bio Innovation Summit
Thursday, October 18, 2018 09:05 AM

There’s an exciting, new initiative underway to make Atlanta a “center for global health” focusing on disease eradication, economic development and disaster response.

That was the topic of discussion at the closing panel, “The Future of Life Sciences,” at the Georgia Bio Innovation Summit Oct. 9 at the Cobb Energy Centre.

Moderated by KC Decker or Deloitte Consulting, the panel included: Russell Allen, President and CEO, Georgia Research Alliance; Clark Dean, Senior Managing Director, Transwestern; David Hartnett, Chief Economic Development Officer, Metro Atlanta Chamber; and Maria Thacker Goethe, Acting President and CEO, Georgia Bio, and Executive Director, Georgia Global Health Alliance.

In May, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Global Health Alliance and Deloitte announced the launch of Global Health ATLas a collaborative initiative designed to create a health innovation district in the heart of metro Atlanta. More details are expected in early 2019.

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2018 Anthony Shuker Scientific Poster Award Winners
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 09:59 AM

October 15, 2018 | Atlanta, GA - Georgia Bio would like to congratulate the 2018 Anthony Shuker Scientific Poster Award winners. Selected from nearly 60 competitors, the awardees showcased the best and brightest of Georgia’s talent. This year’s competition was sponsored by UCB, Inc.

The Georgia Bio Innovation Summit Poster Session is open to representatives from Georgia-based academia, research institutes and industry alike. Competitors represented Georgia’s research universities and companies in a variety of categories including Molecular and Biological Research; Healthcare IT; Nanotechnology; Drug Discovery and Development; Cell Therapy & Tissue Engineering; and Industrial Production.

Each year this session impacts students from across Georgia. Brianna Galbreath, Ph.D. of Georgia State University, was about to graduate with a master’s degree in Chemistry, with a concentration in Industrial Biotechnology, when she participated in the 2017 Poster Session. When asked how the poster session impacted her, she stated “Thanks to my experience presenting my research at the poster session, I decided to get my Ph.D. Georgia Bio is a great organization and has been so supportive. 

Upon completing her graduate degree, Ms. Galbreath thought she was going to ‘hang up her shoes and be done with school.’ After winning the poster award and meeting different companies at the Summit, she decided to continue her education. Today Ms. Galbreath is working on her Ph.D. in Applied and Environmental Microbiology at Georgia State and deciding on her next career move which is likely commercialization of products using microbiology or zoonotic infectious disease.  

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Biotech start-up RWDC closes US$13 million Series A2 led by Vickers Venture and WI Harper to produce plastic alternative
Monday, October 15, 2018 09:46 AM

Accelerating development of its PHA biodegradable biopolymers to replace single-use plastics

SINGAPOREOct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Singapore-headquartered biotech start-up RWDC Industries Pte Ltd announced today that it has successfully closed a US$13 million Series A2 round co-led by venture capital firms Vickers Venture Partners and WI Harper Group. Finance firm Ridgevale Enterprises Limited and individual investors also participated in the round.

Vickers Chairman and co-founding partner DrFinian Tan, along with WI Harper Chairman MrPeter Liu, have joined RWDC's board of directors.

RWDC Executive Chairman Mr.Roland Wee said: "I am heartened by the trust that WI Harper, Vickers Venture Partners, Ridgevale Enterprises Limited and all our other investors have shown in us. We are a highly capable, passionate, and experienced team of scientists, engineers, financiers and marketers. This team is determined and confident in realising our vision of helping make this planet a greener place for future generations."

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Fully biodegradable plastic straw developed by Danimer Scientific
Thursday, October 04, 2018 11:02 AM

Necessity being the mother of invention, it was only a matter of time before a biodegradable plastic straw—not a poor paper substitute—came on the scene. That’s what Danimer Scientific, a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable plastic products, announced today with the creation of what it calls the first fully biodegradable plastic straw using its Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material.

“The environmental impact of straws and other single-use plastic items has become a critical issue for cities and companies across the country,” said Scott Tuten, Chief Marketing Officer at Danimer Scientific. “The challenge is that there are few durable, yet eco-friendly alternatives available. Thankfully, research has found that PHA effectively biodegrades in environments ranging from waste treatment facilities to landfills and oceans. With that stamp of approval, we are excited to be bringing truly biodegradable straw resins in the near future to businesses that are looking to replace petrochemical plastic straws in restaurants, amusement parks and more.”

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Former Georgia Research Alliance CEO joining Emory University
Thursday, October 04, 2018 09:19 AM

The Georgia Research Alliance’s Michael Cassidy is joining Emory University, according to Emory President Claire E. Sterk.

Cassidy will take a new position that is designed to provide vision and leadership to promote biomedical innovation and enhance the university’s economic engagement in the Atlanta region and beyond.  

As director of the new Emory Biomedical Catalyst, Cassidy will lead efforts to enhance innovation, entrepreneurship and development of intellectual property, as well as identifying and developing areas of frontier research. He began working with Emory this week.

“Emory University’s research initiatives have benefitted society in many ways,” Sterk said in a release. “Mike Cassidy brings great experience in translating research into impact, and his work here will energize an already vibrant and collaborative faculty and student culture.”

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