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FAMU to Host Innovation Showcase Nov. 15
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) will host its inaugural Innovation Showcase (iShow), on Friday, November 15 from 4-7 p.m. at the FAMU Foundation, 625 E. Tennessee Street.

The showcase will highlight FAMU’s faculty, staff and students who are “innovating today for a better tomorrow.” Guests can meet and interact with inventors, hear about their extraordinary innovations from agriculture, human resources and the natural, health, environmental and social sciences.

November has been designated as National Entrepreneurship Month. The growth of the nation’s economy linked to business start-ups by entrepreneurs is responsible for most of the new jobs created in the country.

“In recent years, FAMU has produced a stunning number of patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights,” said Interim President Larry Robinson. “We are convinced that some of these novel developments by faculty, staff and students at FAMU will contribute significantly to the health and well-being of this country by stimulating start-up businesses that generate new jobs.”
One of these patented developments is a topical formulation and method of use effective in establishing remission of severe hand eczema (dyshidrosis) that is non-responsive to current prescription medicines. This formulation will be sold as an over-the-counter triple antibiotics, lotions or skin products.

“The skin is the largest organ in the body, and its health is equally dependent upon nutrients in the blood stream and availability of those nutrients to the skin,” said Elizabeth Mazzio, researcher and one of the presenters at the iShow. “Topical herbal ointments are historically known to treat all types of skin conditions. Keep in mind that herbs are plants, and plants contain nature’s original medicines. The combination of nutrition and topical herbal skin ointments are likely to augment efficacy.”

Hand eczema is a widespread skin disorder encompassing a variety of diseases such as contact dermatitis and dyshidrosis (pompholyx). Dyshidrosis itself is characterized by initial onset of blistering and dry cracked skin on the hands or feet, affecting the tips and sides of fingers, toes, soles and palms.

“The FAMU iShow is a unique opportunity during this National Entrepreneurship Month for FAMU inventors to be able to showcase and express their creativity and credibility publicly,” said K. Ken Redda, FAMU interim vice president for research. “I applaud the achievements of our faculty for continually producing novel inventions designed to enhance the quality of life. Through this avenue, FAMU is striving to seamlessly exhibit translational research—moving from bench to bedside, from the laboratory setting to the marketplace, contributing to the economic development of this area.” 

Other research to be on display at the iShow includes: Pharmaceuticals that have shown great promise for treating cancers, Parkinson’s disease, and MRSA (commonly known as the “super bug”); by-products from Muscadine grapes that have rich components (These nutritious snacks contain no artificial chemicals or preservatives); finger flags that are designed to assist in engaging fans at sports activities; and smart moisture alert pads that can prove to be life-saving for the health profession. 

“Because we have a very diverse portfolio that ranges from very low-tech items to extremely high-tech developments, there should be something at the showcase for everyone,” said Rose Glee, interim director for the Office of Technology Transfer, Licensing and Commercialization. “We are excited that the Tallahassee community and others from throughout the State will come and help us celebrate our success.”

For more information, contact the Office of Technology Transfer, Licensing and Commercialization at (850) 412-7232.

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