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FAU Announces Start-up Company to Develop Drugs to Treat Epilepsy, Migraines and Stroke

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 11, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University has entered into a licensing agreement with Eco Neurologics, Inc., a start-up company based on FAU intellectual property, to develop novel drugs that are medically relevant for febrile epilepsy, migraine and brain injury during stroke.

Through the agreement, Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D., an assistant professor in biological sciences received a $353,000 sponsored research grant from Eco Neurologics, Inc. to support his laboratory at FAU and expand his patent portfolio in this scientific area. Dawson-Scully will serve as the lead scientific consultant to Eco Neurologics, Inc. 

“We are at a critical stage in developing therapies for these devastating diseases, and this support will initiate a strong relationship between Eco Neurologics, Inc. and FAU,” said Dawson-Scully. “This corporate relationship establishes the infrastructure for the company’s success, and aligns FAU with the strategic plan of our neighboring institutes, The Scripps Research Institute Florida and The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.”

Dawson-Scully is one of six neuroscience investigators from FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science who recently moved into a newly renovated state-of-the-art research building on the FAU MacArthur campus in Jupiter.

“This exciting collaboration is proof of the principle that clustering neuroscience expertise, through one of FAU’s strategic signature themes, in this case the biotechnology signature theme, will lead to an innovative and productive research environment on the Jupiter campus,” said Rod Murphey, Ph.D., department chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Eco Neurologics, Inc. is headquartered at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University.  The company’s directors include Ferris H. Lander, a registered patent agent and entrepreneur with expertise in intellectual property business development and George Jackowski, Ph.D., a cardiovascular biochemist and serial entrepreneur with a long history of success in the biotechnology industry.

For more information, contact Ken Dawson-Scully at 561-297-0337 or .


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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