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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

Dr. Sadasivan Vidyasagar, Associate Professor at University of Florida, and entrinsic bioscience CEO Stephen Gatto, Receive University of Florida’s ‘Invention of the Year 2020’ Award

UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech resident client entrinsic bioscience (EBS), a company pioneering a next-generation protein modulation technology, announced that its co-founder, Dr. Sadasivan (Sagar) Vidyasagar, an associate professor at the University of Florida, and entrinsic bioscience’s CEO, Stephen Gatto, received the “Invention of the Year 2020” Award from UF Innovate |...
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Experts Signal Warning Over Preparations for Future Outbreaks

With much of the country still in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, there are questions about how prepared people really are for outbreaks like this. A University of Florida research professor believes as a country, America needs to change the way it prepares and responds to outbreaks. He’s afraid...
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UF Health, OneFlorida Consortium to Evaluate Blood Thinners As COVID-19 Treatment

The National Institutes of Health has launched two of three adaptive clinical trials evaluating the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed with COVID-19. Part of the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) initiative, these trials will be conducted at more than 100 sites around...
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INOVIO Adds Thermo Fisher Scientific To Global Manufacturing Consortium

Inovio, a biotechnology company focused on bringing to market precisely designed DNA medicines to treat and protect people from infectious diseases and cancer, announced that Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, has signed a letter of intent to manufacture INOVIO’s DNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate INO-4800. Thermo Fisher...
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UF Researchers Find Viable Viruses in Aerosols That Cause COVID-19

New research from the University of Florida provides strong evidence that aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may be possible. Prior to these findings, which are in pre-print and have not undergone peer review, the virus had been detected in aerosols, but there was a lack of...
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Oragenics Signs Process Development and Manufacturing Agreement With Avid Bioservices for Coronavirus Vaccine

UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech graduate company Oragenics, Inc., and Avid Bioservices, Inc., announced that they have entered into a process development and drug substance manufacturing agreement. Under terms of the agreement, Avid will provide Oragenics with analytical method development, process development and drug substance manufacturing services to support...
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