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Press Release

2016 BioFlorida Annual Life Sciences Conference

Posted on: 26 Sep 16

WHAT: The 2016 BioFlorida Annual Conference

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront - Downtown Jacksonville

WHEN: Sunday, October 9th through Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

WHY: This year's Conference will bring together hundreds of life science professionals and showcase recent scientific advancements, business achievements and public policy issues. Attendees will hear about the industry’s significant growth across the state and will have the opportunity to take advantage of a first-time collaboration with Southeast BIO (SEBIO) Investor & Partnering Forum to broaden business relationships throughout the state and region. Additional highlights include:

  • Prominent keynote speakers featuring Celeste Philip, MD, Surgeon General and Secretary, Florida Department of Health speaking about the state of health in Florida and providing an update on the Zika virus and initiatives to improve health of Floridians; Peter Menziuso, President, North America, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care speaking about keys to success in medical technology; James A. Rogers III, J.D.,Chair, Mayo Clinic Ventures, Deputy Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine speaking about trends in commercializing and financing; and a patient, Sharon Mills, speaking about the value of precision medicine and the impact Florida’s life science expertise has on improving patient lives.
  • Robust general session panels including “Growing Florida Life Sciences: Hear from Legislators and Companies that Chose Florida” and “Investor Strategies throughout Company Lifecycle”
  • More than 7 Scientific sessions addressing current and noteworthy research topics and featuring Florida's areas of strength including:
    • Medical Technology, Precision Medicine, Oncology, Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases, Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine, and introducing Pediatrics and Women's Health
  • More than 7 Business sessions highlighting company successes and providing entrepreneurial and executive level support in funding, business strategy and commercialization. “Spotlight on Innovation” session showcases 4 companies that have achieved significant milestones throughout the year including NDA submission, IPO, FDA product approval and launch, and impressive clinical data results. Companies include TherapeuticsMD, Espero Pharmaceuticals, HedgePath Pharmaceuticals and Sensus Healthcare.
  • Enhanced BioPitch competition for seed and early-stage companies with one-on-one investor meetings this year. Attendees will watch the selected finalists present to a panel of investors during the General Session at the Conference.
  • Award Ceremony recognizing the most successful companies and entrepreneurs in the state. Specific awards include: BioFlorida Leadership Award;Company of the Year Award (2015 award presented to Akron Biotech); Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2015 award presented to Vigilant Biosciences, Inc.).
  • Introduction of 2 new forums in addition to the CEO Forum including the Research Forum and the Incubator/Accelerator Forum. These forums will bring together peers from across the state to share best practices and facilitate collaboration.

To view full agenda or to register, visit

THE MAYO SYMPOSIUM: A PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT: This year, BioFlorida is offering a special Pre-Conference Event Sunday, October 9th at the Mayo Clinic campus. Hear from innovative leaders from Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine and Center for Regenerative Medicine. Take a tour of the Mayo Clinic J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center. Online registrations for the Pre-Conference Event can be taken here.


BioFlorida is the voice of Florida’s life science industry, representing nearly 6,000 establishments and research organizations in the biopharmaceutical, medical technology and bioagriculture sectors that collectively employ nearly 83,000 Floridians. SOURCE: The Value of Bioscience Innovation in Growing Jobs and Improving Quality of Life (TEConomy/BIO, 2016)

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Last updated on: 26/09/2016

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