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Creating the Molecules of Life with HiPerGator

The University of Florida's HiPerGator, the most powerful supercomputer in higher education, is transforming the world of molecular research. Jinze Xue, a Ph.D. student in the Roitberg Computational Chemistry Group, recently conducted a large-scale early Earth molecular dynamics experiment using HiPerGator. The experiment utilized over 1,000 A100 GPUs on 22 million atoms to discover how complex molecules can form from the basic building blocks of life and to make the process automatic through large-scale computer simulations.

University of Florida To Launch Space Mission Institute With $2.5 Million in Strategic Funding

Faculty at the University of Florida are joining forces to form the UF Space Mission Institute, with $2.5 million in funding from UF President Ben Sasse. The Institute will be managed by UF Research and will be a hub in which scientists and scholars from across UF can collaborate, conduct research, and innovate. The institute will work to enhance existing relationships with Space Florida and the Space Life Sciences Laboratory at the Kennedy Space Center, and seek new partnerships with the International Space Station National Laboratory. The institute will also work to leverage UF’s proximity to the growing commercial space ecosystem in Florida. Throughout the next five years, the total economic impact of the commercial space industry in Florida is expected to be more than $5.3 billion.

Tech Tuesday – Adam Veige

In this week's Tech Tuesday for WCJB TV20, UF Innovate's Melanie Morón interviews Adam Veige, professor in the UF Department of Chemistry and winner of an Invention of the Year award at StandingInnOvation 2023. He explains his invention, a cyclic version of polypropylene, which he aims to commercialize.

Cannabix Completes Initial Electronics Testing on Contactless Alcohol Breathalyzer, Commences International Certification Plans

Cannabix Technologies Inc., developer of breath testing devices for law enforcement and the workplace reports that it has completed preliminary third-party testing on its Contactless Alcohol Breathalyzer (“CAB”) wall mounted device. The CAB device is part of the Company’s portfolio of marijuana and alcohol screening devices. The Company will be selecting a new product name for the CAB and create new product branding in the coming weeks. Cannabix Technologies began as a UF startup, utilizing technology created by Chemistry Professor Richard Yost.

UF Team Identifies Novel Targets for COVID-19 Antivirals

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Florida is making progress in their search for targets that could be used for developing treatments for infections with COVID-19. The team posted a paper to bioRxiv reporting the identification of 53 novel genes and pathways that could become druggable targets for antiviral therapies for COVID-19 plus a broad array of coronavirus types.