Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
is pleased to announce that it has awarded legal services valued at $10,000 to NanoPhotonica, the winner of the 2013 Cade Museum Prize. In addition, Edwards Wildman has granted awards of $2,500 in legal services to each of the Cade Prize three runners-up: Didrick Medical, Partender, and Green Liquid and Gas Technologies.
“We are proud to support these innovative entrepreneurs, who are changing the world with their cutting-edge technologies,” said John Igoe, a venture capital partner in Edwards Wildman’s Florida offices. “We congratulate these four amazing companies and are committed to helping these firms continue to grow and develop.”
Sponsored by the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention, the Cade Museum Prize is open to all Florida residents. It was launched as an annual competition to encourage Florida’s early inventors and entrepreneurs in 2010. Entries are accepted starting in December of each year, with the winner announced in May. The judging is divided into four rounds, with the Sweet 16 finalists announced after the second round and the final four after the third round. More than 30 judges, comprising entrepreneurs, technology transfer experts, venture capitalists, and academics, participate in the evaluation of the entries throughout the four rounds. The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention is named for Dr. James Robert Cade, who was a professor of renal medicine at the University of Florida and the lead inventor of the sports drink Gatorade.
The attorneys in Edwards Wildman’s Florida offices have extensive experience working with start-up companies and entrepreneurs as they form and grow their businesses, particularly for biotech, life science, technology, and healthcare companies spun out from Florida’s premier research institutions. This focus is enhanced by Edwards Wildman’s Helping Innovators Thrive (HIT) program, which provides affordable access to strategic legal advice for qualifying entrepreneurs and young companies.
A fixture in Florida’s legal community since 1981, Edwards Wildman established a presence in Gainesville in 2008, and has had office space there continuously since then, staffed by attorneys from other offices on a rotating basis. The firm has a long-standing relationship with the University of Florida’s entrepreneurial community and has an office in the UF’s Innovation Hub. Signifying its commitment to South Florida, Edwards Wildman opened an office in Miami on May 1 in addition to its office in West Palm Beach.