ENTERPRISE FLORIDA TO HOST LARGEST STATE PAVILION AT MEDICA
Florida Small Businesses to Exhibit at World’s Largest Life Sciences Trade Show
ORLANDO, Fla. (November 12, 2015) – Today, Florida Secretary of Commerce and Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) President & CEO, Bill Johnson, announced EFI will host the Florida pavilion at MEDICA 2015. Florida will again have the largest presence of any state at this year’s show with 44 companies total. The two-story pavilion will be home to 27 of those small and mid-sized businesses.
“We are excited to be leading another incredible group of companies to this year’s MEDICA tradeshow,” said Secretary Johnson. “MEDICA demonstrates the strength of Florida’s life sciences industry and the level of innovation our companies provide. We’re working around the world to tell Florida’s business story and tradeshows like MEDICA allow us to share information about the state’s resources and advantages with global leaders.”
MEDICA is the largest medical trade fair worldwide and will be held in Germany from November 16-19. 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.
Florida companies and organizations exhibiting in the Florida Pavilion this year include:
Many of the companies attending MEDICA 2015 have traveled to the show with EFI previously. Without assistance from EFI, many of the 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.
Largo-based Infinium Medical, a leading developer and manufacturer of medical equipment, specializing in patient monitors, anesthesia systems and surgical tables, will be showcasing its new Cleo monitor at MEDICA. The Cleo can be configured to measure any combination of non-invasive blood pressure, SpO2, rapid temperature, and capnography (EtCO2).
“MEDICA is a very important show for us because the global location allows us to reach our current distributors and meet with new customers and distributors,” said Oz Ozkaya, Director of Operations for Infinium. “It has been wonderful working with Enterprise Florida at MEDICA. We have been working with the team for 10 or 15 years now and it’s been great. We enjoy all the help and everything they do for us.”
Mercury Medical has exhibited at MEDICA for 18 years. The Clearwater company calls the show its top event for its international markets. “This event is becoming increasingly important for manufacturers of medical devices like our company as a forum to meet with our existing customers and reach out to new ones,” said Ivette Ivette Compton, Director of International Business for Mercury. “Enterprise Florida has been instrumental for all the arrangements and details to identify Florida as an important gateway to access medical device companies like Mercury Medical. We are successful in the international markets and it’s a team effort. Enterprise Florida is part of our team.”
Mercury Medical will introduce three “Only One” products at the show: The ResusceTee – A T-Piece resuscitator ideal for transport and emergency situations designed for patients 22 lbs. and more, the Flow Safe II and Flow Safe II EZ with Apnea Alarm, and the airQ SP Blocker, a laryngeal mask that prevents over-inflation designed with patient comfort in mind.
US DEFIB will again exhibit with EFI at the show. The Medley-headquartered company produces high-tech defibrillators with wide geographic range, optimizing access to early defibrillation needs. “US DEFIB is looking forward to showcasing our innovative, high-tech products at the 2015 MEDICA show,” said Amanda Felix, CEO. “This show allows us to exhibit to one of the largest life sciences customer bases in the world, and continue to expand our business globally. Enterprise Florida has been a great help and our presence in the Florida Pavilion helps us meet with our current distributors as well as create new partnerships with customers from around the world.”
Florida has established itself as a true hub for the life sciences. The state is home to more than 260 biotech companies and world renowned R&D institutes specializing in therapeutics, diagnostics, industrial/ag biotech and other areas. Florida’s 220+ pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing companies specialize in the development and manufacture of novel treatments, generics, nutraceuticals and OTC drugs. They employ nearly 4,500 researchers, engineers, technicians and workers. The state’s 726,000 healthcare workers engage in a broad range of research and clinical trials, with strength in Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more.
Recently announced life sciences projects include:
New North American shared services headquarters
500 new jobs; $23.5 million in capital investment
New Center of Excellence for Inhalation Research
45 new jobs; $13 million in capital investment
Expansion of development, commercialization and manufacturing facility
275 new jobs; $6.7 million in capital investment
Expansion of Florida operations
178 new jobs; $1.8 million in capital investment
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.