Florida Citrus Industry Fight Against HLB
At the request of the Florida Citrus Growers Advisory Council, Technology Innovation Group was engaged to analyze and develop an approach to address a significant threat to the citrus industry from Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as Citrus Greening Disease. TIG worked with various stakeholders in business, government and academia to assess the threat, then devised a strategy to employ scientific, financial and other resources in a coordinated manner to create and move HLB solutions into practice in the groves. TIG wrote the business plan for the creation of a non-profit organization, the Florida Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) under the auspices of the University of Florida with a mission to organize a research and commercialization effort to combat a number of disease threats to Florida citrus. TIG has maintained an ongoing role in project management, strategy and stakeholder outreach to help ensure success of the Foundation's work.
CRDF has become the focal point in the U.S. for the research and commercialization of new technologies to address HLB and other competitive threats to the citrus industry. .To date, CRDF has conducted over 240 research projects totaling more than $73 million utilizing money raised from Florida citrus growers, State and federal agencies and corporate and NGO sponsors. CRDF has also funded 12 commercialization projects to take the most promising research to create useful products or services for the Florida citrus industry. Thirty-eight new Citrus Health Management Areas (CHMAs) have been organized to coordinate area wide management practices in citrus groves. This public private partnership is also a pioneering model for agribusinesses worldwide, especially for creating innovations to protect monoculture crops at high risk for infectious diseases.
Intellectual Property Advisor for a California Commodity Research Board
Provided a confidential assessment of a University Invention Disclosure for a chemical lure used for insect pest management. This included a patentability assessment and development of commercialization strategy alternatives.
Water Remediation & Biomass Management Systems
Technology Innovation Group provided commercialization support to a Florida-based development stage company engaged in water remediation and biomass management. Initial TIG efforts focused on an Intellectual Property evaluation and strategy, documenting both patents and trade secrets, their protection and management. Current efforts focus on a commercialization strategy and company positioning to transition from a development stage to sustainable company capable of attracting sufficient expansion capital to fuel its growth plans.