GAINESVILLE ‒ Judges for the Cade Prize for Innovation selected six teams to advance to the final round and are vying for $67,000 in cash prizes. The winners’ rankings will be revealed at the 13th Annual Cade Prize Awards Ceremony on Sept. 29, at the Cade Museum in Gainesville. If there is inclement weather, the event will take place on Oct. 6.

“The field of this year’s competition was exceptional,” said Cade Prize Committee Chair Richard Miles. “We are excited to announce the winners and watch how their groundbreaking innovations could change the world in the years to come.”

Two teams tied for one position this year, resulting in six teams making it to what is typically the final five.

One team is from Alachua County. An innovation from Sustainable Landfill Solutions LLC, Newberry, developed RO BOX – A modular on-site landfill leachate treatment system.

Other teams include Ambulero, Inc, Miami, whose innovation is a gene therapy for rare vascular diseases, Ilika Geospatial, Orlando, whose innovation is Earth Observation Indices, transforming raw satellite data into simple metrics, NEPTUNYA Ocean Power, Boca Raton, whose innovation is OCTOPODZ, a technology to unlock offshore renewable energy, Polymer Solutions Inc., Atlanta, whose innovation is Transient, Self-Immolative Polymers and SG Endocrine Research, LLC, Athens, Georgia, whose innovation is Nanoparticles for non-surgical spaying and neutering.

The Cade Prize is a capstone initiative of the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Alachua County. The museum is named after Dr. Robert Cade, a physician and professor of medicine at the University of Florida, best known as the lead inventor of Gatorade in 1965. The museum’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs and visionaries.

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