Global life sciences investors headed for Miami
By Lou Ortiz
Scientists, investors and other professionals in the life sciences will descend on Miami in October for BioFlorida's 15th annual conference to discuss the most promising breakthroughs in the industry in the Sunshine state.
The conference is billed as the premier event for Florida's bioscience industry, with 600 attendees expected from the state, nation and the world, including from nearby Canada and as far away as China, said BioFlorida Inc. President and CEO Russell Allen.
The conference will also draw academic experts from the University of Miami, University of South Florida, the University of Florida and Florida State University, among others.
BioFlorida, headquartered in West Palm Beach, represents more than 3,000 companies and research organizations in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device fields, which employ more than 61,000 workers in the state.
The conference will be Oct. 7- 9 at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way.
Keynote speakers are former Gov. Jeb Bush and Bernard Siegel, founder and executive director of the Palm Beach-based Genetics Policy Institute, a leading proponent of stem cell research.
The conference will bring together "professionals from across Florida, the Southeast and the nation to discuss major trends and issues, including topics related to product development, scientific research, business development, financing and public policy, and together work toward advancing the business of life sciences," according to BioFlorida's website.
"The conference will showcase more than 20 company and technology transfer presentations about the most promising breakthroughs from across the state," the website said.
The forums are split into three major groups. They are Biobusiness, with topics on technology transfers, regulations and global challenges and opportunities; Bioscience, with topics on regenerative medicine, molecular imaging and new devices for treating cardiovascular disease; and Bioinvesting, with topics on company presentations and funding.
"The BioFlorida Conference is where the business of innovation in Florida happens," the website said.
"The conference will have dedicated investor and partnering tracks that combine product and technology presentations with interactive expert-led panel sessions, [and] and online system for scheduling one-on-one meetings and many networking socials."
Details: www.bioflorida.com and click on 2012 annual conference.
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