Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research Forms Strategic Advisory Board

Boca Raton, FL - May 14, 2009 - The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (The Institute) today announced the formation of its Strategic Advisory Board; 15 distinguished industry experts who will provide counsel on technical challenges associated with raising early stage capital and technology commercialization.

The Institute is Florida's "one-stop-shop" for investors, entrepreneurs and corporate partners who seek to identify new opportunities based on technologies developed through publicly-funded research.

"We are extremely pleased with the breadth and depth of expertise represented by our advisory board. Each member is a leader in his or her chosen field, and we are delighted by their participation in this effort," said Executive Director Gary Keller. "We believe such foundations are essential to the high quality of the strategic input they will provide to us, and we look forward to working together to create companies and jobs throughout the state of Florida."

Members of the advisory board are:

  • John Bacon, Intellectual Property Partners LLC
  • Jonathan Cole, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
  • Kathy Harris, Noro Moseley
  • Jonathan Kislak, Antares Capital Corporation
  • Garheng Kong, Intersouth Partners
  • John Perchorowicz, Research Corporation Technologies
  • Alan Rossiter, Springboard Capital Management, LLC
  • Ravi Ugale, Crossbow Ventures
  • John Uhrin, Harbert Venture Partners
  • Michael Wasserman, H.I.G. Ventures
  • Curt Labelle, Tullis-Dickerson
  • Richard J. Brandewie, Ballast Point Ventures
  • Kent Gossett, Sr-One
  • Dan Rua, Inflexion Partners
  • Scott Weiner, Pappas Ventures

The board is being launched in conjunction with the Florida Venture Forum's Early Stage Conference, an event showcasing early stage, high growth private companies before a national audience of venture capitalists, angel investors, private equity investors and investment bankers.

About the Institute

The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (The Institute) was established through legislation passed in 2007 to stimulate growth of science and technology-based companies in industries that are driving the global economy. Related initiatives include the availability of gap funding targeted towards universities to help take new ideas through the "proof of concept" stage, and the creation of the Florida Opportunity Fund for increased investment in existing, early-stage ventures. The Institute links the two, taking proven technologies from the universities and identifying funding and other resources required for commercial success. Senator Jeremy Ring (D- District 32) was instrumental in passing this legislation that promises to have a significant impact on Florida's innovation economy.