GRA BLOG

February 17, 2021

GRA marks 30 years of impact

Public-private partnership generates big returns on state’s investment

ATLANTA, GA, February 17, 2021 —Thirty years of investment in university research and entrepreneurship is paying big dividends for the State of Georgia, according to metrics released by the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA).

Every $1 the state has invested in GRA’s programs has generated nearly $12 in research grants to public and private universities and in venture capital to university-launched startup companies, the Alliance showed. All told, research labs and new companies attracted an additional $7.8 billion by leveraging the state’s $661 million investment through GRA since 1990.

An independent nonprofit that expands university research and entrepreneurship in Georgia, GRA helps universities recruit world-class scientists to the state, then funds specialized equipment to advance their research.

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November 30, 2020

Georgia Fights COVID-19

A quick rundown of impressive activities in our state's university labs and startups

In ways imaginative and pragmatic, Georgia’s university scientists and startup companies have gotten into the fight against COVID-19.

Here are some examples of how GRA-backed researchers and entrepreneurs in our state are applying expertise and ingenuity against the coronavirus.

January 2021: A drug developed at Emory University to treat the COVID-19 disease is in Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical testing in humans. Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics are working to develop the drug, molnupiravir (formerly known as EIDD-2801, for "Emory Institute of Drug Development").

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October 22, 2020

New GRA initiative aims to strengthen agribusiness and entrepreneurship

Greater Yield’ will deliver ingenuity from Georgia universities to farms, food producers

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black joined leadership of the Georgia Research Alliance today to announce a new GRA initiative that will bring more inventions from Georgia’s universities to farms and food producers.

Called Greater Yield, the initiative leverages the success of GRA’s venture development program, which seeds and shapes companies around university discoveries. A new cohort of university projects and startups, all formed around ag innovation, will qualify to receive grants, loans and mentoring from GRA.

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