September 25, 2021

Research, Technology & Innovation

The global reach of Florida innovations

Mike Vogel | 8/31/2021

Florida Leaders in National Institutes of Health Funding in Florida (through May):

No. 1 $28.4 million No. 2 $10 million

The University of South Florida’s Jeffrey Krischer ranks first and second with a total of $38.4 million through May. Krischer has made USF a hub of epidemiological research in juvenile diabetes and rare diseases. He runs the data centers for international diabetes trials and the NIH’s Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.

No. 3 $7.6 million

The Jaeb Center for Health Research’s Adam Glassman received the funding as part of a five-year grant for Jaeb’s DRCR Retina Network, which supports clinical research to improve vision and quality of life for people with retinal diseases.

No. 4 $7.5 million

Jaeb’s Raymond Kraker received separate funding, also part of a five-year grant, for Jaeb’s Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, another network focused on strabismus, amblyopia and other children’s eye disorders.

No. 5 $7.4 million

The University of South Florida’s principal investigator and psychiatry professor Jerri Edwards and David Morgan, formerly with USF and now with Michigan State, received the funding as part of a five-year, $44.4-million grant to see whether computerized brain training exercises can reduce dementia risk in older adults.

Hall of Fame Inventors

In addition to Norma Alcantar (Icon, p. 8), the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame inducted six new members this year. The three who have spent a substantial portion of their careers in Florida are:

Roberta Goode, founder of Goode Compliance, holds four patents. The Coral Springs businesswoman and biomedical engineer is a University of Miami graduate with a long career in industry and academia in medical devices. Her inventions “transformed minimally invasive cardiac surgical and diagnostic procedures around the world,” according to her Hall of Fame induction notice. Her designs are still in use.

Rajiv Singh, University of Florida emeritus professor, is vice president of chemical mechanical polishing slurries for Entegris, which in 2020 paid $75 million to acquire Sinmat, a company he started to commercialize his inventions. Holder of 26 patents, he’s an expert in advanced semiconductor processing. “Singh’s polishing technologies have been employed in more than 50 million smart watches worldwide, a majority of the million-plus luxury electric vehicles, as well as advanced fighter aircraft and helicopter optical systems,” says his Hall of Fame bio.

David Kotick, holder of five patents, is “one of the U.S. Department of Defense’s leading subject matter experts in the field of virtual communications,” according to his Hall of Fame bio. He’s the senior science technical manager for live, virtual and constructive simulation and training at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando. The University of Central Florida graduate has more than 40 years’ experience in Navy modeling, simulation and research.

 

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