September 24, 2015
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For decades, Florida leaders have aggressively pursued the life sciences industry as an economic engine to move the state’s economy toward a focus on medical research. As a result, the life sciences industry is incubated in Florida, and the impact is spreading across the nation.
When establishing a statewide life sciences powerhouse, there are some ingredients needed beyond “build it and they will come.” Businesses look for attractive resources that only Florida can offer: a business-friendly climate, a highly skilled workforce and an unmatched quality of life.
Through coordinated campaigns, Florida recruited industry giants like Bristol-Myers Squibb, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic, and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care to plant roots in the Sunshine State.
Florida is also one of the first states to successfully combine a medical cluster with a residential development, called Lake Nona Medical City. This mini-metropolis emphasizes health, education and sustainability with life-science residents such as Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Nemours Children’s Hospital, a Veterans Affairs hospital, the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and offshoots of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Florida.
The more than 1,000 biotech, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies in Florida benefit from the seamless bridge between education and industry. Life sciences companies can access high-quality graduates, as well as the ability to successfully recruit, train and develop employees. The state is also home to an established talent base of 684,000 health care professionals.
Read more on Florida’s life sciences industry, which holds the promise to change the world with advancements.