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BioFlorida Conference Highlights Business, Science and Public Policy Trends

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October 8, 2014 

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BioFlorida Conference Highlights Business, Science and Public Policy Trends of Florida's Life Sciences Industry

Experts come together to showcase strengths in Florida and explore opportunities for growth and collaboration  


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - BioFlorida, Florida's life sciences association, will host the state's life science industry during its 17th Annual Life Sciences Conference, October 12-14, 2014 at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale. Key influencers from emerging and established companies, universities, research institutions, economic development agencies, investment community and the state legislature will participate in the expanded programming highlighting Florida's leading-edge science, business innovations and public policy debates.


"We designed this event with the momentum and ingenuity of Florida's life science industry in mind," said Nancy Bryan, president and CEO of BioFlorida. "BioFlorida's extensive programming will feature leaders in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. We will highlight topics that are relevant to Florida's current life science industry, and that have the potential to propel the industry ahead including advancements in infectious diseases, oncology, Alzheimer's, medical tourism, ophthalmology and marine biotechnology. Through fostering a collaborative and accessible atmosphere, Conference attendees will come away with the insights and relationships to take the industry and their business to new levels."


Highlights of this year's program include:  


Keynote addresses from industry leaders 

-Lee Evans, Executive Director and Site Leader, North America Center, Bristol-Meyers Squibb  -James Hogan, President, Medtronic Latin America 


Focus on power of patient advocacy

-John Walsh, President and CEO, Alpha-1 Foundation 


Perspectives from public policy officials and experts

-Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce 

-Jason Altmire, PhD, Former U.S. Representative and Senior VP of Public Policy & Community Engagement, Florida Blue  

-Sitta Sittampalam, Senior Advisor & Project Manager, NIH 

-David Green, Partner, Deloitte Tax, LLP 

-Senator Jeremy Ring, Florida's 29th District


University Presidents' panel on building tomorrow's research and talent pool

-Andrew Duffell, Moderator, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University 

-Judy Genshaft, PhD, President, University of South Florida 

-John Kelly, PhD, President, Florida Atlantic University 

-Mark Rosenberg, PhD, President, Florida International University 


Entrepreneur panel highlighting successful entrepreneurs and best practices

-Sue Washer, Moderator, Applied Genetics Technology Corporation (AGTC) 

-Richard Allen, CEO, Xhale 

-Robert Finizio, CEO, TherapeuticsMD 

-Steve Parkinson, President & CEO, Lakewood-Amedex, Inc.


BioPitch Sessions

-Early-stage and mid-stage companies will address a panel of angel investors and venture capitalists


"This BioFlorida Conference addresses all segments of our industry and presents the opportunity for the entire life science community across the state to come together with one statewide voice," said Andrew Duffell, chair of the 2014 Annual Conference and president of the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. "It is at the intersection of science, business and public policy that we will advance our industry. I encourage all those who care about our state to support the industry and participate in this year's event."


The Conference will follow three tracks: BioBusiness, BioScience and BioTrends.


The BioBusiness track programming will include:

-Spotlight on the Innovation in Florida

-Commercialization Planning and Execution: Pre- to Post-Launch Principals

-Corporate Strategies and Business Development Insights

-Funding Options


The BioScience track programming will include:

-Facing a Common Challenge: Advances in Aging Alzheimer Research and Policy

-Emerging Public Health Concerns and Solutions

-Seeing the Future: Advances in Ophthalmology Research and Technology

-Regenerative Medicine/Transplant: The Next Frontier


The BioTrends track programming will include:

-Teaming for Success: Strategic Partnerships Throughout the Industry

-Next Generation Technology

-Florida Areas of Growth: Focus on Medical Tourism and Marine Biotechnology

-New Trends in Cancer Treatment


During the Conference, BioFlorida will emphasize the organization's successful efforts to advocate and facilitate the growth of the industry. This incudes highlighting regional companies and research institutions that have experienced success this past year "We are featuring Applied Genetics Technology Corporation (AGTC), Arthrex,TherapeuticsMD and Lake Nona Institute in our Spotlight on Innovation session at the Conference. These organizations have demonstrated significant growth and are great examples of collaboration and innovation," explained Nancy Bryan. "BioFlorida, at its roots, supports the growth of companies and institutions like these. Many of these organizations will be present at the Conference and will be participating in the program."


BioFlorida will recognize significant achievements awarding the BioFlorida Leadership Award, the Weaver H. Gaines Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Legislator of the Year Awards and the David J. Gury Company of the Year Award. Nova Southeastern University will also be honored for their 50th anniversary of academic excellence.


BioFlorida thanks the following organizations for their sponsorship of the Conference: Fisher Scientific, Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP, Nova Southeastern University, Moore Communications Group, Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk, Cherry Bekaert, Duane Morris, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Life Sciences South Florida, Scripps Florida, University of South Florida, Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation at USF, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dawson James Securities, Florida Blue, FPL, Florida State University Office of Research, University of Florida Office of Technology Licensing, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), Applied Genetics Technology Corporation (AGTC), Akron Biotech, Arthrex, Beckman Coulter, Draper Laboratory, DPR Construction, Fredrikson& Bryon, P.A., Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Nanotherapeutics, One Blood, RS&H, TherapeuticsMD, Triumvirate Environmental, Florida Trend, McDonald Hopkins, Moffitt Cancer Center, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, ANF Construction, Biorasi, Flad Architects, Germfree Laboratories, Inc., GrayRobinson P.A., Hodess Construction Corporation, IKA Works, KO-MAR Productions, Lake Nona Medical City, Logic PD, Inc., MPI Research, RS&H, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, TriNet, VGTI of Florida and World Courier.


To register online, visit A complete list of speakers and programs can be found on the BioFlorida website. Follow the Conference activities on social media using #BioFL2014.


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About BioFlorida

BioFlorida ( is the voice of Florida's life sciences industry, representing more than 3,000 companies and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device fields that employ 61,000 Floridians. BioFlorida's member-driven initiatives provide a strong business climate for production of quality, life-improving technologies and promote economic benefits to the state.   

About BioFlorida

BioFlorida is the voice of Florida's life sciences industry, representing 6,700 establishments and research organizations in the BioPharma, MedTech, HealthIT & BioAg that collectively employ nearly 94,000 Floridians.