Sid Martin Biotechnology Development Institute
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Tech Tuesday: Sid Martin Biotechnology Development Institute
ALACHUA, Fla. --
Molecular biologist Mark Long recently took over as the head of a tech business incubator in Alachua. And says he already has plans to attract new companies."A die-hard elvis fan is the newest director at the Sid Martin Institute in Alachua. And though he also dresses up as the king, don't call him an impersonator.
"I 've been an Elvis tribute artist, you always say tribute artist, you never say impersonator, since I was probably around 5 or 6 years old." A life sized Elvis poster, memorabilia and a ticket to a performance marked the day after the late Elvis died ... Just a few of the artifacts in Mark Long's office. "I started doing elvis tribute artist performances, and as time went by I masked about eight or ten different costumes and wigs." But along with moonlighting as a tribute artist, long is the director of the Sid Martin Institute, a tech incubator in Alachua. "The Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute has been around for 21-years now as a biotechnology incubator. It's basically a wet lab start up space for new small companies, that want to grow and have to have a laboratory space.
A molecular biologist by trade - long has years of experience in the tech industry in different markets across the world. "So I've had a broad based background of tech transfer, of molecular biology of incubation, of all of those things, in the industry as well that's bought me to this point."
And the goal at the Sid Martin Institute is for new companies to use lab equipment and guidance from industry leaders to grow their companies. "Are they profitable have they grown enough where they have a product out on the marketplace, they're profitable for 12- to 18 months consecutively, where they can make enough money to move out into a commercial space where a new start up can take their place."
And he says Sid Martin is one of only two dozen in the nation that serves as a wet laboratory start up space."Sid Martin fills a real void in providing that type of space, for biotechnology, and biomedical companies, and provides that specific type of space with equipment so they can grow outside the retail space in a university or in a corporation."
And what he says is an opportunity for communities like ours to retain local students, while growing jobs in town."I plan on being here for the entire duration. It's a great job, it's a great location, and there are great things going on with biotechnology in the interest of the University of Florida."
Long says he's working on bringing in new companies from all across the world to Alachua.
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