Local firm eTect gets a new round of funding

The Jonesville-based company, eTect, received funding from a state created investment fund and a private fund. The funding comes from the Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund. The fund is a subsidiary of the Institute of the Commercialization of Public Research, who has an office in the University of Florida Innovation Hub. Eric Buffkin, president and COO of eTect, has not released the total amount of private funding received.

Currently, eTect is developing the ID-Cap. The ID-Cap is a capsule with tiny sensors that send a signal to a monitor worn by the patient to verify whether the patient is taking the proper medicine for clinical trials. The previous funding eTect received allowed eTect to complete a prototype development and early trials. The company expects to have the product on the market by the end of the year. 

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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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