March 2018 Innovation Park newsletter

Join us for our next TechTopics Event on Wednesday, March 28th

Join us for our next TechTopics event on Wednesday, March 28th from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Materials Research Building in Innovation Park.

This event will focus on the current projects underway at the High Performance Materials Institute, particularly the new motion sensor technology that is being developed using buckypaper, and its potential applications.  The event will conclude with a tour of the facility for those interested.

The speakers will include:

  • Frank Allen– Operations Director for HPMI
  • Joshua DeGraff– Research Assistant at HPMI and Lead Researcher on this motion sensor technology that has been featured in publications including peer-reviewed scholarly publication Materials and Design.

Lunch will be provided at no cost for event attendees

*Due to limited seating, attendance is limited to the first 30 guests to register.

TechGrant Winner, Baycom Diagnostics nominated for "New Product of the Year"

2009 TechGrant Winner, Baycom Diagnostics was nominated for “New Product of the Year” by the North American Veterinary Community during the National VMX Conference in Orlando.

Baycom Diagnostics developed and manufactures an affordable, pioneering test that can detect diabetes in dogs and cats.  While veterinary testing your cat and dog for diabetes can also be done using equipment, these tests can cost between $800-$1,000 and require a three week waiting period.  The A1C test that Baycom Diagnostics manufactures uses a simple blood test that can provide reliable results that are faxed or mailed to the veterinarian’s office within 24 hours, and is only $49 per test.

2009 TechGrant Winner Recipient Baycom Diagnostics in Tallahassee

Save the Date- TechGrant Pitch Night is May 16th and Sponsorships are still available

The TechGrant Application deadline has passed. We are currently in the preliminary screening process, and will announce our Pitch Night Finalists on Wednesday, April 11th.

This year’s TechGrant Pitch Night will take place on Wednesday, May 16th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Goodwood Museum Carriage House. This is a free event for the community, where the five selected finalists will pitch their business ideas for a chance to win a grant to help commercialize their technology. Each year we give away a total of $25,000.

This event is an integral part of our community’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, and a key component of the Innovation Park support for local startups.

The TechGrant Pitch Night includes networking opportunities, as well as light hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and a chance to see the amazing technologies that are being developed by our friends and neighbors right here in the local community.

This highly regarded event fills to capacity every year. We are looking to expand but need the community’s help and support. We are currently accepting sponsorships for our annual event.

Funding Available for Scientists and Engineers!

Did you know that Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are the Nation’s largest source of early stage, high risk funding?

Did you know that over $43 billion has been awarded to research-intensive small businesses over the last eleven years? That’s nearly $2.5 billion set aside each year waiting to be won.

Did you know that 160,000 awards averaging $150,000 (Phase I) to $1,000,000 (Phase II) were awarded last year, and that Florida ranks in the Top 10 most awarded states for this funding?

Well the staff at LCRDA knows this…and knows how to assist small businesses in winning their share of the funding pie. Knowledge is key in knowing what solicitations are being issued by which agency and when. Only eleven federal agencies participate in SBIRs, while five participate in STTRs.

To find out more (like the difference between Phase I and Phase II awards), contact LCRDA staff at 850-575-0343 or by email at Oh, and be on the lookout for special SBIR/STTR workshops from the Innovation Park of Tallahassee in the coming months.

SBIR/STTR Grant Seminars at Innovation Park of Tallahassee

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Students Win FSU's InNOLEvation Challenge

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering students won the $10,000 grand prize at the FSU Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship’s InNOLEvation Challenge. The students won for their design of a hands-free umbrella for wheelchair, called “DriGo.”

Innolevation challenge winner DriGo

FSU researchers partner with Harvard, MIT on $30M childhood reading study

Yaacov Petscher, associate director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, along with Hugh Catts at the School of Communication Science and Disorders in the College of Communication and Information are the two lead FSU researchers who are combining their expertise in literacy screening and assessment with MIT’s science and engineering capabilities and Harvard’s strong track record in researching early childhood education to explore improving childhood literacy through more personalized intervention.

The study called “Reach Every Reader”, is a five year, $30-million research project aimed at developing individualized assessment and intervention so every child is successful at reading on grade level by the end of the third grade.

The study is being funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by pediatrician, Dr. Priscilla Chan and her husband, Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook.

“This is a researcher’s dream to be able work with faculty from Harvard and MIT, with a group like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative on an important social initiative,” Petscher said.

Yaacov Petscher from the Florida Center for Reading Research in Innovation Park of Tallahassee