In August 2019, Xeriant was approved by the Florida Atlantic Research and Development Authority to become a member and tenant of the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida, which is part of the university and adjacent to the Boca Raton Airport. FAU is one of the top engineering schools in the state, and part of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Program called the Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement (CAKE). The 70-acre Research Park, home to many technology companies and research-based organizations, is the site of Xeriant’s main office. FAU recently opened a center for Artificial Intelligence and Connected Assured Autonomy through their College of Engineering and Computer Science, which is applicable to advanced aircraft systems. The Company is engaging with FAU’s academic team, both faculty and students, to assist in screening and validating various technologies and to work together in a series of joint research initiatives.
The relationship with FAU gives Xeriant tremendous credibility, since few companies are selected for membership in its research park, and may provide access to grant programs and financing opportunities. Universities continue to be an indispensable source for novel discoveries in science and technology, with an impressive history of innovations that changed the world. Research parks have become the intermediaries between these academic institutions and industry, a hybrid of two diverse cultures that fosters a dynamic innovation ecosystem of technology transfer, economic development and the generation of skilled labor.