October 16, 2020
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Florida small businesses to exhibit at world’s largest life sciences trade show
TALLAHASSEE, FL (November 6, 2014) – Today, Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) Gray Swoope announced EFI will host the Florida pavilion at MEDICA 2014. The two-story pavilion, the largest of any U.S. state at the event, will showcase 25 small and mid-sized Florida life sciences companies and organizations.
“This show is a great opportunity for these 25 companies and organizations to exhibit their life sciences products on an international level,” said Secretary Swoope. “Florida ranks second for FDA registered medical device manufacturing facilities; our universities, institutes and hospitals have some of the best research technology available; and nine of the best hospitals in the country are located here. Florida’s life sciences industry is growing and these companies are a great representation of how strong the industry is in the state.”
MEDICA is the largest medical trade fair worldwide and will be held in Germany from November 12-15. The pavilion will allow companies and organizations to market their medical and healthcare products to an international audience, and demonstrates the innovation and expertise that makes Florida a leader in the life sciences sector. The Florida Pavilion will feature exhibit space as well as room for companies to meet with life sciences leaders and experts from around the world.
Florida companies and organizations participating in MEDICA and the Florida Pavilion this year include:
Several of the companies attending MEDICA 2014 have traveled to the show with EFI previously. Without assistance from EFI, many companies would not be able to attend and, without the pavilion, would not be as successful in efficiently reaching such a large and important audience.
President of Scar Heal, M. Catherine Burney said, “Scar Heal is able to compete in the global marketplace by utilizing MEDICA as a forum to meet with our existing international distributors as well as seek out new areas of distribution of our product line. We are proud to highlight our Silicone Scar management products and our cosmetic anti-aging products at MEDICA. Enterprise Florida has been a great business partner for Scar Heal. In conjunction with MEDICA, Enterprise Florida consistently displays extremely effective and desirable booth design, exceptional staff and a great environment to conduct business. Scar Heal uses Enterprise Florida to add additional professionalism and expertise to highlight our company’s medical and cosmetic product line. With over 140,000 attendees, MEDICA has become a good platform to showcase the exceptional products that Scar Heal has to offer.”
Eric Gjerde, President and CEO of Airon Corporation said, “Airon is pleased to showcase its critical care life support products at MEDICA for the eighth year in a row. This show is the best in the world to meet current and new global distributors. We count on it to help us continue our growth in international markets. Without Enterprise Florida’s support, our success at MEDICA wouldn’t be the same.”
Director of International Sales at Sharn Anesthesia, Linda Hensley said, “We have been exhibiting at MEDICA for over twenty years, the majority of that time spent co-exhibiting with Enterprise Florida. Enterprise Florida provides a top-notch, worry-free, turn-key service throughout the show allowing us to concentrate fully on business matters. MEDICA is the perfect venue for developing our international sales. We usually have three full days of meetings scheduled with existing dealers where we sit face-to-face and discuss sales, go over new products and the upcoming year’s expectations. We’ve met many of our existing dealers at MEDICA. For Sharn, MEDICA is the key marketing tool for our international business. As a direct result of this show, facilitated largely by Enterprise Florida, we have achieved increased sales every year and our sales today are six times what they were ten years ago.”
“The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is proud to once again partner with Enterprise Florida at this year’s MEDICA event. Medical device and life sciences companies are an important industry in the Greater Fort Lauderdale economy, especially medical component and generic pharmaceutical companies. We are pleased that companies including Actavis, Bolton Medical, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Nipro Diagnostics, SHL Pharma and Stemtech International are part of our thriving life sciences cluster,” said Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. “Greater Fort Lauderdale and all of South Florida is a highly desirable place for any company to call home, with an exceptional quality of life, low taxes and a favorable business climate. We welcome medical industry companies to Greater Fort Lauderdale and look forward to helping those companies locate, grow and succeed here.”
Florida has nearly 1,000 biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, making it third in the U.S. for pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing businesses. Additionally, there are more than 44,000 healthcare establishments around the Sunshine State. In all, more than 700,000 healthcare professionals are employed in the state.
Recently announced life sciences economic development projects include:
MEDICA is the world’s largest event for the medical sector. For more than 40 years it has been firmly established on every expert’s calendar. MEDICA is where the medical sector meets – 115.000 m² of floor space, 4,500 exhibitors from 70 countries, 17 exhibitor halls, five exhibition areas and numerous forums and congresses. With more than 450 exhibitors from the U.S. and Canada expected, North America will offer one of the leading foreign contingents of exhibitors represented, making it the strongest medical industry trade fair outside of the North American continent for U.S. and Canadian companies.