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YEAR IN REVIEW President’s letter Fellow Floridians: As I assumed the presidency of The Corridor, • E  ight professors from Corridor universities inducted as Fellows of the National reviewing our performance in our efforts to grow Academy of Inventors in April 2016 – bringing the total number of Corridor Florida’s innovation economy has been truly inductees to 38. rewarding. Even though I have been intimately involved with The Corridor since its inception, • C  orridor universities collectively beat patent portfolios of university groups in the taking a detailed look at the figures reported in established and well-recognized high tech hubs of North Carolina’s Research this annual report was an impressive reminder of Triangle and Austin, Texas’, Silicon Hills region for the fourth consecutive year. the power of collaboration. Individually, UF, USF and UCF ranked 12th, 21st and 41st, respectively, among worldwide universities granted U.S. patents in 2015, according to the National Our three partner research universities are Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association. making a major contribution to our state as a whole and to the economic well-being of our communities. Spin-off companies, record research • N  early 300 university innovations were brought to the commercial marketplace through technology licenses signed by UCF, USF and UF. • A  compliment by the director of the Government-University-Industry Research expenditures, patents, a wealth of Roundtable (GUIRR) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and entrepreneurial resources and more from the Medicine for the Corridor’s Matching Grants Research Program serving as a University of Central Florida (UCF), the University model for other groups to review. GUIRR brings together academia and industry of South Florida (USF) and the University of leaders to define and explore critical issues related to the national and global Florida (UF) have continued to turn heads in science and technology agenda. our direction. These universities have served as the crux of The Corridor and are joined by The following pages of The Corridor’s 2015/2016 annual report details these commercial and economic development achievements and more. Thank you for the critical role you play in our strategic partners in attracting, retaining and growing approach to high tech economic and workforce development. high tech industry. Best regards, A strong partnership of hundreds of public- and private-sector organizations throughout the region is unique to The Corridor and has served as a foundation for such regional successes as imec Florida at the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, and Blue Origin and SpaceX growing their workforce on Florida’s Space Coast, to name a few. Additional highlights this year include: 60 florida.HIGH.TECH 2017 Ed Schons, President