There’s been a steady increase of alumni from the University of Florida (UF) showing interest in launching their global businesses in Gainesville, the college town turned tech center.
Three of the most recent companies led by UF alumni are Nanotherapeutics, SharpSpring and Feathr, a university article posted on the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce website said. Because the companies are headquartered in Gainesville, the town has transformed into a thriving outlet for ideal business growth.
“The heart of all of this is the university,” Nanotherapeutics Chairman Weaver Gaines said in the posting. “If we are doing it right, and I think we are, it will look like San Diego in a few years.”
Nanotherapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in development and manufacturing, was formed in 1999 by James Talton, and it has since grown to be one of the most successful companies partnered with UF, the posting said. The company was a finalist in the running for the contract to develop large scale vaccines.
“The support from UF was integral to (its) success,” the article said. “Although they did not receive the contract, it prepared Nanotherapeutics to submit a similar proposal in 2013 for which they received a Department of Defense contract to manufacture medical countermeasures. This $450 million contract provided the funding to open their 183,000 square-foot plant near Progress Park in Alachua.”
Other tech-savvy companies being led lead by UF alumni being drawn to the Innovation Square corridor, located between the UF campus and downtown Gainesville, include digital marketing automation company SharpSpring, and Feathr, a digital event marketing software company, the article said.
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