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Statewide Coalition Calls for Florida’s Commitment to Medical Progress & Innovation

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For Immediate Release:

 

Statewide Coalition Calls for Florida’s Commitment to Medical Progress & Innovation

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL (April 27, 2017) – A new statewide coalition has formed to demonstrate the impact of Florida’s growing innovative healthcare community and ensure that Florida fosters an environment where new research and cures can be developed.

 

Innovating Florida is a statewide grassroots initiative that unites health consumers, biopharmaceutical professionals, vendors, suppliers and other business, academic and community partners to demonstrate how these diverse groups work together to improve our health care system and the quality of life for patients, while strengthening both the national and Florida’s economies.

 

“I am proud to serve as an advisory board member of Innovating Florida,” said Mark Wilson, President & CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Florida life science industry is home to more than 5,900 employers and supports over 83,000 direct jobs that are a key economic driver for the state. Innovating Florida provides a forum for a diverse group of coalition partners to advocate for this industry and its innovation and discoveries that improve the quality of life for individuals here in Florida and beyond.”

 

Innovating Florida’s diverse group of partners will work to contribute to the overall economic strength of Florida and maintain its role as a leader for medical innovation by:

·         Fostering an environment for increased economic development

·         Ensuring the state leads in the research and development of new cures and ensure patients’ access to these life-saving medicines

·         Encouraging decisionmakers to invest effectively and reinforce Florida’s commitment to medical progress

 

“Florida has built an impressive and diverse life sciences ecosystem that has considerable potential for continued innovation and growth,” said Nancy Bryan, President & CEO of BioFlorida. “The industry is a major economic driver and has increased the number of high wage jobs in our state. We must continue an all-hands-on deck approach to ensure Florida remains at the forefront of this valuable industry – attracting both the talent and resources needed to solve tomorrow’s challenges today.”

 

Members of the coalition will work to educate Florida’s policymakers and community leaders on the urgent need for to ensure an environment for increased research, development, and medical innovation through meetings, events, media and digital outreach efforts.

 

“As someone who works in higher education, I have the privilege of working firsthand with some of the brightest minds in our state and have been able to witness the unique partnership between our research institutions at our colleges and universities and innovative private corporations” said Ed Moore, President of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida. “Since 2004, biopharmaceutical research companies are conducting or have conducted more than 9,700 clinical trials of new medicines in Florida with our colleges, universities, research institutions, and hospital to investigate some of our biggest healthcare challenges from cancer to diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease.”

 

Advisory board members of the Innovating Florida coalition include:

  • Amanda Bowen, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Florida
  • Nancy Bryan, President & CEO, BioFlorida
  • Julio Fuentes, CEO, Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Ed Moore, President, Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida
  • Nancy Squillacoti, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center
  • Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

 

“We are excited to join forces with Innovating Florida and a diverse group of organizations statewide to improve the business climate for manufactures in Florida and ensure that Florida invests in an industry that is a significant provider of high-wage and high value-added jobs in the state,” said Amanda Bowen, Executive Director of the Manufactures Association of Florida.

 

As the advisory board members continue to build the coalition, it will add coalition partners from various sectors of the healthcare community including health advocacy groups, biopharmaceutical industry partners, vendors, suppliers and other business, academic and community partners throughout the state.

 

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About Innovating Florida: Innovating Florida is a grassroots initiative that unites health consumers, biopharmaceutical professionals, vendors, suppliers and other business, academic and community partners to demonstrate how these diverse groups work together to improve our health care system and the quality of life for patients, while strengthening both the national and Florida’s economies. For more information, visit www.InnovatingFL.com.

 


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