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EDCs to highlight health care contributions

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EDCs to highlight health care contributions


Published: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10:55 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10:55 a.m.

Health-related technology and manufacturing companies already are an important component of the Southwest Florida economy and could eventually be the holy grail for diversifying the region, lessening its reliance on the tourism and real estate trades.

Highlighting one of the region’s rapidly growing economic strengths, the Bradenton Area and Sarasota County economic development companies are jointly sponsoring the first "Health Innovation Week" from Nov. 9 to 13 to underscore the importance of the industry to the local economy.

The EDCs say Sarasota and Manatee counties are home to a growing cluster of innovative companies related to the health care industry, from established manufacturers to startups. Their growing presence is creating "the necessary synergy for more companies to launch or move here."

“We want to tell the story of the region’s emergence as a center for health innovation in a way that can attract more resources for the sector to continue growing,” said Mark Huey, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County. “Letting our own companies, CEOs and entrepreneurs do the talking is an effective approach, and the rapid momentum we are seeing for the Health Innovation Week proves it.”

The week will highlight the local people, companies and institutions driving this emergence, such as Voalte, Enzymedica, RPS Detectors, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the Roskamp Institute, Mote Marine Laboratory, BioLife and others.

Sarasota and Manatee counties are both seeking county designations of Nov. 9th through 13th as “Health Innovation Week.”

 

“This is a great opportunity to tell the community and the world what our region is doing as a health innovation center,” said Sharon Hillstrom, president and CEO of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. “It is also an opportunity for those in the industry to learn more about other local health care innovators.”

It also will include a series of events centered around health innovation. Some of the key events include:

■ The Second Annual BioTech Expo at State College of Florida, Bradenton, Nov. 12, produced by the BioFlorida Sarasota/Bradenton Chapter.

■ The 2015 Voalte User Experience Conference, Nov. 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.


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