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.

Clearlake Capital and Siris-Backed Constant Contact Agrees To Acquire SharpSpring

Constant Contact, an established leader in online marketing, backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. and Siris Capital, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire UF startup SharpSpring, Inc., a leading cloud-based sales and marketing automation platform, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $240 million including outstanding indebtedness.

UF Startup Shadow Health Is Going Big and Staying Home

In early December, local UF startup Shadow Health, which develops virtual simulations for nursing and healthcare education, became part of Elsevier, a global leader in information and analytics, that is part of RELX, an even larger global provider of information-based analytics. The acquisition will hasten Shadow Health’s ability to reach its biggest goals.