Gainesville firms among winners in innovation presented with Cade Prize

Written by on October 24, 2021

For several years, we have been posting the information about how to apply to the CADE Museum Competition. Well, we are posting the winners of the most recent competition.

Posted by the Staff of the Cade Museum Oct 1, 2021

A wearable monitor to check blood flow in patients developed by a Tampa company is the winner of the 2021 Cade Prize, announced Thursday in Gainesville.

SPKL, LLC of Tampa invented the rbSEE blood flow monitor, a better way to measure blood flow and improve treatment of traumatic brain injuries, stroke and a variety of diseases. The non-invasive, wearable blood flow monitor that can be used on any tissue surface of the body — the arm, leg, brain, or wounds — to obtain continuous blood flow measurement of a localized area at the patient’s bedside.

The Cade Prize is an annual award presented by the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention at Depot Park. A total of $64,000 is shared among the winners, with $34,000 for first place, $13,000 for second place, $8,000 for third place, $5,000 for fourth place, $3,000 for fifth place, and $1,000 for the People’s Choice. The winners will each receive $2,000 of in-kind legal services.

Other Cade Prize winners are:

  • Second place – EcoaTEX of Athens, Georgia for its sustainable, nanoparticle textile dyeing process that will save enormous amounts of water;
  • Third place – Aurita of Gainesville for its three-dimensional tool to help researchers defeat cancer;
  • Fourth place – Versatile Sensor Technology of Gainesville for its rapid COVID-19 test that uses a handheld electrical sensor to detect COVID in saliva; and
  • Fifth place – ResonanceDX, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia for its rapid test to diagnose and help treat septic shock.
  • Versatile Sensor Technology won the People’s Choice Award.

This year’s Cade Prize drew innovators from research universities and the private sector whose work addresses critical issues impacting the Southeast: agriculture and the environmental, health care and biomedicine, technology, energy and a wild card category.

“This is twelfth year the Cade Prize has celebrated innovators with groundbreaking, early-stage, inventions that can one day change the world,” said Richard Miles, Cade Prize Committee chair, in a press release.

“Funding and recognition from winning the prize is a catalyst for nascent companies. It will be exciting to see how this year’s life-changing inventions will make a difference when they come to fruition years from now.”

This is the second year the competition has extended beyond Florida to include Georgia and Alabama, with plans to expand across the Southeast.

The Cade Museum’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. In 2004, Dr. Robert Cade and his family established the Cade Museum Foundation to build the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention.

Cade, a physician and professor of medicine at the University of Florida, was the lead inventor of Gatorade in 1965. The Cade Museum is located at 811 South Main St.

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