Local startups take 2nd, 3rd places in Cade contest

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    Antibiotic Adjuvant took home a $15,000 prize and Standing Wave Reformers a $7,500 prize in the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention’s annual Cade Prize contest.

    The two Gainesville-based startups took second and third place at Saturday night’s Inventivity Bash, a Cade Museum news release said.

    Soilcea of Tampa, which is creating CRISPR-edited citrus trees that are highly tolerant to the citrus industry’s deadliest diseases, took the $25,000 first-place prize, while InitWeather of Orlando won the $2,500 fourth-plaze prize.

    Besides the cash prizes, the four top finishers receive legal services in varying amounts from the law firm of Saliwanchik, Lloyd and Eisenschenk.

    Funding for the Cade Prize has been provided by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida.