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Like many of you, UF Innovate staff members are working remotely, practicing social distancing as we battle COVID-19. But we are here to offer you the same service we would if our offices were open.

We hope you continue to innovate, create entrepreneurial solutions, change the world, and fight back against all the effects the virus has thrown at our country and our world. We hope this page of resources and stories about how UF Innovate research and entrepreneurs are doing their part to help in this pandemic encourages and inspires you.

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Small business owners can apply for the Payroll Protection Program loans as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act. Applications opened April 3.


Grants & Funding

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Looking for program development and funding opportunities during COVID-19? Visit UF’s Emerging Pathogen’s Funding webpage to learn about available grants.


Latest UF Research

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UF researchers continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by doing what they do best — finding answers and solutions. Read the latest research here.


Loan Guidelines

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued a guide to help small businesses check eligibility and file for a loan from the U.S. CARES Act. Learn more.


CORD-19 Dataset

Help generate new insights to fight COVID-19, collaborate with other researchers worldwide, participate in the CORD-19 Challenge. Learn more.


UF Health Facts

Get the fast facts about UF Health’s responses and learn about the work our researchers conduct to combat the global pandemic. The latest here.


Startup Advice

logo for Osage University Partners, a venture capital firmDo you have an idea for a startup? OUP’s tech and life sciences teams are offering free VC office hours to UF researchers. Sign up for a 30-minute complimentary session.


Tx Accelerator

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and Mastercard join forces — with $125 million — to tackle COVID-19. Want to join them?


Impact on Research

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The coronavirus is a challenge impacting researchers at the university. UF Research is doing its best to keep researchers updated. More here.

UF Innovate Tech & Startups Aid the Fight

Pandemic a Boon for Area’s Biotech Industry

While industries like airlines, hospitality and retail struggled much of 2020, one local sector took off during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alachua’s biotechnology industry, anchored by startups mostly contained in one section of town off U.S. 441, contributed more than $1 billion to the local economy last year, aided in part...
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Smell Tests Evaluated As Potential Tool To Identify COVID-19

A team of University of Florida neuroscientists will analyze two different smell tests under a National Institutes of Health grant aimed at developing inexpensive, at-home tests to help identify new cases of COVID-19 and provide a warning sign of a community outbreak in time to thwart it.

COVID-19 Fighting Antibodies Developed in Alachua Sent to Clinical Trials

Supporting our troops: an Alachua company works to keep our soldiers safe from COVID-19. Here's what UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech alum Ology Bioservices Inc., a biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), is doing on the front lines of the pandemic.

Ology Bioservices Signs Built-to-Suit Lab Space, Adding 43,000 Square Feet to Headquarters

Avison Young facilitated a 42,500-square-foot lease agreement between Concept Companies and Ology Bioservices, a UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech alum, for a new built-to-suit lab space on the heels of a federal government contract for the company to expand production capabilities, including vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19 once finalized.

PanVent Emergency Ventilator Created to Fill Urgent Need During COVID-19

Dr. Samsun Lampotang has spent his career engineering solutions to medical problems. At the start of 2020, Lampotang’s focus was on designing, building and validating mixed reality guided intervention simulators to train physicians and nurses in medical procedures without putting patients at risk. But then COVID-19 changed all this.
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