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UMInnovation, a multifaceted University of Miami initiative that nurtures research and fosters collaboration with industry, has spun off about 20 infant companies, and supporters hope it will become the link to make South Florida a recognized life sciences and technology hub.

“The mission of the UM is fourfold: to provide clinical care, share knowledge with others, partner with the community and generate new knowledge,” said Bart Chernow, vice provost of technology advancement and vice president of special programs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, who says he was hired by UM President Donna Shalala three years ago to help with technology advancement.

“The greater good is best achieved by translating discoveries made by our researchers into commercial use — products and services that help people and the human condition,” he said.

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