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Ascend Acquires Beacon Gene Therapy Manufacturing Site

Ascend Advanced Therapies, a gene therapy development partner, has purchased Beacon Therapeutics’ contract, manufacturing, and controls team—along with the company's site, previously owned by UF Innovate | Accelerate graduate AGTC, located in Alachua, FL—a town considered to be a “biotech hub” in the state. The acquisition introduces a good manufacturing practice (GMP) plant into the fold, along with process and analytical development capabilities.

Satlantis Appoints Aitor Moriñigo Muñoz as First CEO of U.S. Subsidiary, Satlantis LLC

Satlantis, a technology company specializing in high-resolution Earth observation payloads for microsatellites, is pleased to announce the appointment of Aitor Moriñigo Muñoz as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of their American subsidiary, Satlantis LLC, a UF startup and resident client at UF Innovate | Accelerate. Morinigo Munoz brings industry experience and expertise to this pivotal role.

SATLANTIS Launches HORACIO, Its Sixth Mission and Third Full-Solution Satellite for Infrared and Visible Earth Observation

SATLANTIS, a leading global provider of advanced Earth Observation technologies, announced its sixth mission with the launch of the HORACIO satellite on March 4, aboard SpaceX's Transporter-10 mission on a Falcon9 rocket, a ride-share flight along with other satellites to a Sun-Synchronous Orbit 520-590 km above Earth. The launch took place from the Space Force Base in California. The company headquarters are located in Bilbao, Spain, within the University of the Basque Country Science Park, and SATLANTIS LLC is based within UF Innovate | Accelerate at The Hub.

UpLift Accelerates into Higher Ed with Acquisition of TAO Connect

UpLift, a technology-driven behavioral health company delivering in-network therapy and psychiatry, announced that it has acquired UF Innovate | Accelerate graduate company TAO Connect, a therapy-assisted mental health solution with digital tools and resources designed for higher education institutions. The company was founded on technology created by UF innovator and TAO Connect CSO Sheryl Benton.

Oragenics CEO Stepping Down

UF Innovate | Accelerate Sid Martin graduate company Oragenics announced on Monday that their CEO, Kimberly Murphy, would be stepping down. Murphy and the company said they had come to a mutual separation agreement. The board appointed Michael Redmond, company president, as interim "principal executive officer". Murphy served as CEO since June 2022, and the company said the decision was not the result of a disagreement. She has been on the board for Oragenics since 2020 and previously served as vice president of GSK, where she helped develop vaccines for influenza and shingles.

UF Accelerate Alumni RTI Surgical Completes Acquisition of Cook Biotech

UF Innovate | Accelerate alumni company RTI Surgical, a surgical implant company, has finalized its acquisition of Cook Biotech, a life sciences company based in West Lafayette, Indiana. The company is now the only regenerative medicine company with a portfolio of both allograft and xenograft biomaterials available at scale.

Axogen Announces Plan for CEO Leadership Transition

UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech alum Axogen, Inc., a global leader in developing and marketing innovative surgical solutions for peripheral nerve injuries, today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Karen Zaderej plans to retire from the company by January 2025.
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