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FPL is developing three new solar projects in Florida – two of which were constructed within the Corridor. These new facilities will provide 35 megawatts of solar energy to more than 9,500 residents.
"There is a lot of technology that can be directly applied to the marine environment. We see additional applications for these technologies in medicine, food, transportation, space exploration and even education. We see the overlap and how it meshes."
Larry Langebrake, Director of Marine Technology Program, in this month’s Faces of Technology.
The rising hub for growth in science and technology in Tampa Bay garnered the title of "Emerging Research Park of the Year" at the 21st Annual Association of University Research Parks (AURP) conference held in St. Petersburg last month. The Association acknowledged the University of South Florida's (USF) research park with the award that is presented annually to an emerging university research park in operation less than five years and has provided outstanding opportunities to bring technology from the laboratory to economic viability.
USF's research park houses a diverse collection of companies specializing in different sectors of scientific industry including biotechnology and life sciences. Many of the startup companies in the research park originated through USF's faculty technology and continue to foster faculty and student research partnerships.
For more information, visit http://usfweb3.usf.edu/absolutenm/templates/?a=1041&z=45.
A new kind of monitor will set parents at ease with its ability to detect breathing patterns in infants. University of Florida (UF) engineers have combined the technology used to track hurricanes or highway speeders with the basic baby monitor to provide a way to monitor if the baby's chest stops moving. Utilizing a small device attached to the crib, a remote station receives the wireless transmissions from the crib and uses different colored lights to indicate the status of the baby's vital signs and the battery life of the station. If the breathing activity is detected below a preset interval or the infant has stopped breathing, the station sounds a loud alarm and flashes a red light.
Senior-level UF engineering students worked on this project in coordination with the Integrated Product and Process Design Program, an initiative of the College of Engineering that allows senior-level undergraduates to go through the process of taking a design from concept to product. Under the supervision of Jenshan Lin, a UF professor and the principal investigator of the Doppler radar technology used in the monitor, the students aim to use the radar technology to create a useful product to be commercially licensed.
For more information, visit http://news.ufl.edu/2008/12/02/baby-monitor.
Last month, the University of Central Florida (UCF) announced findings from an economic study placing the impact of the College of Medicine's campus at Lake Nona to be well ahead of its estimated projections. According to an Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics study, the College of Medicine could create more than 30,000 local jobs and have an economic impact of $7.6 billion, a nearly 20 percent increase in numbers from an earlier study in 2006.
UCF and the medical city have already achieved 80 percent of the economic impact originally projected for 2017, pouring in millions to the regional economy from partners and fellow research institutions. The study also found that the College of Medicine could generate nearly $460 million in additional tax revenue for the state.
Imagine a future where homes are supplied with energy from solar panel windows or automobiles are powered by organic waste instead of gas. These advanced technologies aren't too far off thanks to the booming sustainable energy sector found within the Florida High Tech Corridor. Florida companies and universities alike are providing research, information and innovation to industry leaders making the Corridor a top player in the sustainable energy industry.
Longwood-based SKYShades (http://www.skyshades.com) has harnessed the power of sun and shade to create the innovative Powerbrella, a unique shade structure affixed with flexible solar film that provides a power supply to plug-in electrical devices such as laptops, cell phones and iPods. This unique approach to the shade industry is being implemented across the nation in playgrounds, car washes, hospitals and more. With SKYShades, covered parking lots can be transformed to aesthetically-pleasing and effective solar farms.
Winner of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council's 2008 Innovation Award, Planar Energy Devices Inc. (http://www.planarenergy.com) designs next-generation micro batteries for consumer electronics, making them safer and smaller. Lakeland's Solicore Inc. (http://www.solicore.com) is working toward that same goal. The company designs their flexible lithium polymer batteries to fit any custom application or product and guarantees a longer shelf-life.
Our Corridor universities are doing their part in paving the way for sustainable energy. The University of Florida's Institute of Sustainable Energy (http://www.energy.ufl.edu) encompasses more than 150 faculty members and 22 research centers at the University of Florida. Recently, researchers at UF achieved the world record for blue organic light- emitting diodes (OLED) which are important in the creation of white light suitable for solid-state general illumination applications. The University of Central Florida's Solar Energy Center (http://www.fsec.ucf.edu) conducts research, tests solar energy systems and provides education programs for the community. The Center boasts more than 40 patents including the Goassamer Wind ceiling fan, saving $20 million annually in energy costs.
A future complete with homes containing solar panels and cars powered by organic waste might be closer than we think, thanks to Florida's sustainable energy sector. The companies and universities in the Corridor are taking innovative strides to provide long-lasting energy solutions worldwide.
Think of Larry Langebrake as the proverbial kid in a candy store. The former head of USF's Center for Ocean Technology spends his days working at SRI International pulling technology out of the research realm and driving it into the commercial one.
"I am the pointy end of the spear," says Langebrake. "Making connections between the business community, the county, putting the right talent in place, building teams of scientists. Each day is different. It's exhilarating. Lots of time and effort right now as we build, so the days are long, but it is a lot of fun.
"In general, our mission is to solve important problems that benefit society or mankind," he says. "That's something SRI does - bridge the gap between fundamental research in universities and the commercial world. We help develop technology to the point where it can be commercialized."
The nonprofit research institute tapped Langebrake to head its newly established Marine Technology Program, which officially started operations in January 2007. "We've grown rapidly," says Langebrake, "transitioning 37 employees from the Center for Ocean Technology. The teaming agreement between the university and SRI allowed us to put into place a critical mass of talent and hit the ground running. We have over 50 employees now (Dec. 2007) and are ahead of our target to create 100 jobs in five years."
For the full story, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/pdf/facesoftechnology.pdf.
With an international hub in aerospace/aviation right in our backyard, it's no easy task keeping tabs on the business dealings around the Space Coast. Thankfully, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council's partner, the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, has an incredibly professional and hard-working staff dedicated to the creation of value-added, high tech jobs in Brevard County. At the helm of the EDC is President and CEO, Lynda Weatherman, our Take a Bow spotlight of the month.
Under Lynda's leadership, the EDC has worked with 116 companies that have selected Brevard County for their relocation or expansion plans; has targeted 10,000+ jobs from these companies; and, has seen a more than $2 billion Personal Tangible Property and Real Estate investment from their work.
Recognized on numerous occasions regionally and statewide, Lynda was among the first recipients not directly employed by NASA to receive the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor NASA awards to both government and non-government employees. As prominent leaders in the effort to maintain Brevard's position in the future of aerospace, Lynda and the EDC began an initiative in 2008 to draw national attention to the region and the industry from key legislators and the presidential candidates. Through her efforts, both presidential candidates released formal letters expressing their concern and support for more NASA funding.
Lynda has also been a supporter of regional marketing efforts having served as Chairman of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council Marketing Committee.
For all that Lynda and the EDC have done over the years, FHTCC salutes their dedication to and support of its mission to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it in our 23-county region.
TECH BUSINESS PARTNER NEWS
Catching Up With the FHTCC 10th
Anniversary Scholarship Recipients
Seminole Community College graduate, Adam Perdue, received a full scholarship to attend the University of Central Florida and major in Aerospace Engineering. While taking various classes in aerodynamics as well as space exploration, Adam hopes to become involved with companies on the cutting-edge of engineering design such as Lockheed Martin or United Space Alliance. Also expected to gradate in 2010, Adam is very grateful for the FHTCC scholarship that has allowed him to reach his educational goals.
Kristi Arrington will be starting her first semester at the University of South Florida thanks to the scholarship she received from the Corridor. Kristi recently obtained her A.A. degree from South Florida Community College and is looking forward to pursuing a degree in Information Technology. With an expected May 2012 graduation, she hopes to start a career in Web design or programming.
Christine Faulkner, a graduate of Santa Fe Community College, received a full scholarship to attend the University of Florida. As a Computer and Electrical Engineering Major, Christine is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders. She is expecting to graduate in 2010 and plans to pursue her high tech career in a related field. Christine uses her scholarship money to offset the cost of the university and is very thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Gator Nation.
Biopsy Sciences Moves Operations
to Pinellas County
Biopsy Sciences is a biomedical research and device company that produces innovative products for the medical market. A recent development includes HydroMARK, a breast biopsy site marker that uses quick and accurate ultrasound-guided localization procedures that prove to be more comfortable for patients.
For more information, visit http://www.pced.org/newsroom/news_view.asp?int_newsroomID=5545.
Corridor Companies and
Universities Awarded NASA Contracts
Corridor companies receiving contracts include: Prioria Inc. of Gainesville; Zyberwear Inc. of Ocoee; United Materials and Systems of Orlando; Eclipse Energy Systems of St. Petersburg; Sol-gel Solutions of Gainesville; Aeronix of Melbourne; and, Streamline Numerics of Gainesville. The University of Florida and the University of Central Florida were both awarded contracts to work with small high tech companies across the country.
For more information, visit http://floridaphotonicscluster.blogspot.com/2008/12/florida-small-businesses-and.html.
I/ITSEC is the Place to Be for
With nearly 600 exhibitors and more than 16,500 people attending the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the floor space at the Orange County Convention Center was covered with more than 181,000 square feet of exhibits showcasing the leading military, medical and other technologies available in the industry.
"If you are a player, or want to be a player, in the simulation training industry you have to be here," said Ed Schons, UCF's director of University Economic Development, "If you aren't here, you are invisible."
Through a partnership between the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC), and several economic development and academic partners from across the region, Central Florida was prominently featured on the exhibit floor.
"The Corridor continues to play a key role with our EDO partners and especially UCF's Institute for Simulation and Training in bringing our team together for I/ITSEC," said FHTCC President Randy Berridge. "The Corridor was also again honored to be asked to provide a modeling, simulation and training techCAMP program for students and teachers as part of the convention."
Under the direction of Dr. Jeff Bindell and Vicki Morelli, the FHTCC's initiative, techCAMP, held two full day workshops at I/ITSEC for students and for teachers that exposed them to the modeling, simulation and training field. The students and teachers also had the opportunity to explore the convention floor and see first-hand the innovations occurring in the industry.
For more information, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/pdf/iitsec1.pdf.
Negotiating Your Business to the
For more information, visit http://web.bus.ucf.edu/executive_education/negotiating_your_business_to_the_top.
Sharklet Technologies Wins
Southeast Bio Forum Award
The surface of the company's namesake technology, Sharklet, is comprised of a microscopic pattern of raised bars that disrupts the formation and growth of such bacteria including Staph a., Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. coli. The company is currently testing the product against more virulent strains of bacteria including MRSA.
For more information, visit http://www.sharklet.com/technology.html.
Florida State Legislature Creates
Early Stage Investment Fund
The fund will be managed by two companies with a history of providing capital to companies focused on developing cutting-edge technologies: MILCOM Venture Partners of Winter Park and the Credit Suisse Customized Fund Investment Group. The Florida Opportunity Fund will further establish the state as a hub of innovation as it seeks a larger share of the billions invested nationally from fund managers, particularly at the seed and early stage.
For more information, visit http://www.floridaopportunityfund.com.
UCF, President Hitt Recognized for
Service to Community
Spatial Networks Named 2008
International Business of the Year
Tom O'Neal Named 2008 Florida
Business Incubation Advocate of the Year
FHTCC Advertising Campaign Highlights
Successful Matching Grants Research Program and Entrepreneurs
Bill McDermott, FHTCC Marketing Committee Chair, congratulates all three researchers on their success and hard work over the past years, especially Antoine Khoury, UCF alumni and former fellow employee of Seminole County. "This ad is a true testament to the ultimate collaboration between academic and industry partners."
Draper Laboratory Inc. Opens Office
in St. Petersburg
SKYShades Awards Eighth Franchise
Anand Pallegar Announced as Tampa
Bay CEO Magazine “CEO of the Year”
Calendar of Events
The following events are taking place across the Corridor’s 23-county region or in the surrounding area:
The Potential Power of Florida’s
Business of Biotech
Negotiating Your Business to the Top
2009 Conference for Industry and
Florida Medical Device Symposium
CORRIDOR INDUSTRY NEWS
The gas price roller coaster and climate change concerns are
making plug-in hybrid-electric cars look increasingly attractive to
many people. Now, a new University of Florida Partnership is testing to
determine if they are in fact, a cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable
choice than other cars.
Forgive the cliché, but I am sitting in the temporary and obscure Tampa Office of M2Gen listening to Chief Operating Officer Rick Garrison outline a business and technology future of giant genetic databases and huge frozen tissue banks, and all I can think of is Jurassic Park.
For the full article, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/pdf/m2gen.pdf.
The public policy climate in Florida for small companies ranks among the best in the U.S., said a new study by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.
For the full article, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/pdf/obj-study.pdf.
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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