The Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida (EDC), a public/private partnership that provides assistance to emerging science and technology companies, announced today details of its 10th annual Life Sciences conference. The event started in 2002 as a joint effort between EDC and Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and over the last decade has been hosted by University of Miami, Florida International University, and Nova Southeastern University. In celebration of the 10th anniversary, the conference will return to FAU’s Boca Raton campus on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
This year’s conference features State Senator Jeremy Ring (District 32), Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, and Max Planck Florida Institute chief operating officer Ivan Baines, Ph.D. as special guest speakers. Panel discussions will cover topics such as South Florida’s high- impact science areas, technology transfer and commercialization, company presentations and workforce development issues facing today’s research organizations. New developments at the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) Florida and University of Miami’s Institute for Human
Genomics will also be covered.
“We are delighted that our conference will be hosted again this year by FAU, who together with EDC, conceived of the event eleven years ago to bring industry and academia together for one day and uncover new areas for collaboration and growth,” stated EDC executive director Jane Teague. “This year we will look back at the progress we have made as a region over the past decade, and look towards the future for new opportunities to develop this important cluster in South Florida.”
“From the inaugural conference to the present day, FAU has been very supportive of this event to bring together the biotechnology stakeholders of South Florida.” said Barry T. Rosson, Ph.D., vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College at FAU. “As the innovations and industries in the life sciences continue to grow in our region, this conference provides a unique opportunity not only to share what we have all collectively accomplished but to explore the ways in which we can work together to accelerate this growth in the future.”
The conference will attract over 200 members of industry and academia, and is sponsored by some of Florida’s leading companies, service provider and non-profit organizations, and research scientists. For more information or to register, contact Christine Cannon at 561-620-8494 x10, ccannon at edc-tech.org, or visit www.edc-tech.org.