Vice President, Research & Innovation, Space Florida
Tony Gannon serves as Space Florida’s Vice President, Research & Innovation. In this role, he generates and leads Space Florida’s research and innovation initiatives as well as identifies viable alternative methodologies for incorporation into commercialization and business development efforts.
He is responsible for initiating business development opportunities and partnerships that capture expansion activities to increase Florida’s aerospace industry market share.
His past projects and activities have included the Space Florida Academy, Space Florida Internship Program, NASA-Florida Space Grant Consortium, Sub-Orbital Flight Incentive Program and the International Space Station (ISS) Research Competition. The latter program provided unique microgravity research opportunities for seven (7) universities and U.S. research entities on board the ISS.
He leads Space Florida’s capital generation programs and acceleration events to stimulate start-ups’, early-stage and growth stage companies and assists the formation of a vibrant capital formation ecosystem across the State of Florida. To date (December 2019), over $360 Million has been invested in the participating companies.
Under his directive, he additionally leads Space Florida’s international, research and innovation programs. The Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership, now in its 7th Call for Projects (2020), supports research and development initiatives as well as commercialization efforts of aerospace and related technical projects. Recently, he initiated Space Florida’s Florida–France Innovation Partnership at the new OneWeb Satellites facility at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport.