Local companies announce acquisitions and awards

Two local businesses founded in Gainesville in 2011 have been acquired by larger companies, where…

Two local businesses founded in Gainesville in 2011 have been acquired by larger companies, where their tools and products will be used on a grander scale than before. 

Additionally, a dozen other businesses were acknowledged by the local chamber of commerce for their commitment to the community and employees this year.  

And as the year comes to an end, one local organization has announced its new board of directors for 2021. 

Here’s a look at some recent local business news:  

Elsevier acquires Gainesville’s Shadow Health 

Shadow Health, a Gainesville-based developer of virtual simulations in nursing and health care education, has been acquired by Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics.

Shadow Health, founded in 2011, was originally a UF Innovate start-up, a University of Florida program established to foster innovative businesses. Its digital clinical experiences simulations train and prepare nurses and health care practitioners for clinical settings.   

Elsevier works with health care educators to prepare students for successful careers in medicine, nursing and health professions and to provide world-class content and innovative learning tools and analytics that improve educational outcomes and help prepare students for health care practice. 

Drone manufacturer acquired by D.C. company 

Gainesville’s Altavian Inc., which manufactures small drones for defense and public safety customers, has been acquired by the Washington, D.C.-based FLIR, a global leader in thermal imaging technology and unmanned robotic systems. 

Founded in 2011, Altavian designs and manufacturers unmanned aircraft systems that are under 20 pounds in weight for long- or short-range operations. Altavian’s expertise includes aeronautics, avionics and software, and its solutions are engineered to meet the needs of government and defense customers.