Sweet 16 selected for Cade Museum Prize

By The Gainesville Sun 

Judges have selected the Sweet 16 finalists for the fifth annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize out of more than 80 entries.

The prize -- funded by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida -- is designed to help a Florida individual or company take a potentially viable commercial product or idea to the next level.


Participation in the contest has grown outside of the Gainesville area, according to a news release from the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention. Seven of the finalists are from Gainesville.

Another round of judging will select the Final Four on April 8 before the winner is announced during a May 8 gala at Santa Fe College’s Fine Arts Hall.

Many prize participants have volunteered to teach classes about their inventions at the museum, said Phoebe Cade Miles, co-founder.

The finalists are:

- Advanced Technologies and Testing Laboratories, Tampa. Transformair -- Eliminates airborne bacteria, viruses, allergens, mold and volatile organic compounds.

- Advantek Consulting, Melbourne. ClimaStat -- Improves energy efficiency by 15-30 percent and doubles dehumidification capability.

- Aqua Mizer, Sarasota. A system that dramatically reduces water usage, improves flush performance and prevents water waste from leaking toilets.

- BioReNEW, Tampa. NEWgenerator -- Recovers and generates nutrients, energy and water from wastes.

- DBS Surgical Solutions, Gainesville. SureCap -- A cap that prevents the displacement of leads used for deep brain stimulation, a treatment for many neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

- Elebev, Miami. Sfiro -- Completely pure, pre-packaged ice spheres.

- Feathr, Gainesville. An app that makes it simple to connect and follow up with people you meet at events.

- I Media Reach, Winter Springs. immediaReach TV -- Turns a smartphone or tablet into HDTV at events.

- Impact Medical Strategies, Boca Raton. Bcl2 Diagnostic Kit -- A urine test to detect ovarian cancer.

- Innovatia Medical Systems, St. Petersburg. Miniature in vivo wirelessly networked medical device for minimally invasive surgery.

- Kinwa, Gainesville. Bubble -- An app that detects tagged items in all environments.

- Microspherix, Boca Raton. Entotherapy -- Drug delivery platform for the treatment of brain tumors.

- OneVax, Gainesville. Biomaterial-based microparticle vaccine for amelioration of autoimmune disease.

- Paracosm, Gainesville. Reality API -- Software that helps businesses build 3D maps of their facilities.

- Quantitative Medicine, Gainesville. Computational Research Engine (CoRE) -- Predictive analytics using active machine learning for faster drug discovery.

- Quick-Med Technologies, Gainesville. Stay Fresh -- An antimicrobial coating based on hydrogen peroxide.

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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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