Presented by GrowFL, in Association with the Edward Lowe Foundation
Honors Upcoming Second-Stage Businesses throughout Florida
BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Akron Biotechnology, LLC (Akron Biotech) is proud to be selected as one of fifty leading second-stage companies selected from more than 500 nominations statewide, as this year's Florida Companies to WatchSM winners. All 2014 winners will join an esteemed group of 150 Florida alumni honored over the past three years.
Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in the state. To be eligible, applicants must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.
"Florida Companies to Watch is honored to recognize another outstanding group of stage-two companies," said Dr. Tom O'Neal, executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and associate vice president for the University of Central Florida's Office of Research and Commercialization. "This is our fourth year of celebrating second-stage business leaders throughout the state of Florida. The companies selected for the Florida Companies to Watch awards program stand out among their peers as companies that should be celebrated. In Florida, they account for 5 percent of the companies and nearly 30 percent of the jobs. These companies make a difference and we're happy to offer the recognition they deserve."
"We are very excited to have been honored as one of the 50 Florida Companies to Watch. This is a very important milestone in the life of our company. Our entire team, including consultants and suppliers, are dedicated to providing our valued customers with comprehensive solutions to meet their specific needs while providing quality products and unparalleled customer service. This commitment has resulted in consistent growth making Akron a key player in the regenerative medicine/biotechnology arena," said Claudia Zylberberg, PhD., Founder and CEO of Akron Biotech.
About Akron Biotech
As an ISO certified global supplier, Akron Biotech manufactures ancillary materials and provides novel technologies for cell therapy discovery, development, and commercialization, meeting the industry's quality standards worldwide. Akron Biotech has a strategic focus on delivering biological materials, technologies, and services for the regenerative medicine industry. Website: akronbiotech.com
GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening® - to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state - GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state's economic development strategy and Florida's entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Website: growfl.com
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