Following a record-breaking year of growth for Alachua’s biotechnology industry, the University of Florida’s programs for entrepreneurial incubation and innovation, UF Innovate, has hired a new director of incubation services who’s looking to continue the program’s upward trajectory.
UF Innovate is pleased to welcome Karl R. LaPan as the incoming director of incubation services. He will join the team May 3 and work alongside current Director Mark S. Long, who will retire this summer. LaPan comes to the position with more than 20 years of experience in business incubation.
Florida native and CEO of Agriculture Intelligence Matt Donovan has discovered a “renewed environment with a fertile ground for talent.” A resident company in UF Innovate | The Hub, Agriculture Intelligence is a precision agriculture science company combining machine vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide cloud-based, precision data for specialty crops.
Merrie Shaw has made a tremendous impact on the economies of Alachua County and the state of Florida by helping companies find talent, funding, and partnerships.
Despite the pandemic, University of Florida researchers conducted record amounts of research in 2020 and companies born of UF research continued to bring billions of dollars and thousands of jobs into the state.