Georgia nonprofit launches with aim of protecting statewide intellectual property
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 09:01 AM

The Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance officially launched Monday as a nonprofit designed to serve the state by establishing a better model for creating, protecting and enabling intellectual property.

GIPA has created a coalition of education institutions, world-leading research labs, innovation-focused organizations, companies ranging from Fortune 500s to startups and other creators to collaborate on the initiative. The organization will focus on accelerating the market launch of ideas that serve the common good, while specializing in protecting IP, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, according to a news release.

Gov. Nathan Deal officially proclaimed October 2018 as “Intellectual Property Month,” in recognition of GIPA and the critical importance of IP to the growth and success of the state’s economy.

Alpharetta company acquires biomedical firm in Tampa
Monday, October 22, 2018 10:05 AM

A medical technology company out of Alpharetta has acquired Tampa-based Regenerative Medicine Solutions LLC, a biomedical services company in an all-stock transaction. 

Medovex Corp. was formed to acquire and develop a portfolio of medical tech products and services with disruptive characteristics, the statement said. RMS manages Lung Health Institute, which specializes in cellular therapies to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic lung disorders.

Bill Horne, and founder and former CEO of Laser Spine Institute, is Medovex’s new CEO and chairman of the board of directors as of Oct. 9. Jarrett Gorlin resigned as president and CEO, a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said.

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.

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.  

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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