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TAMPA — BioFlorida, a life sciences association, will host the state's 16th Annual Life Sciences Conference Sept. 15-17 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside.

Attendees from across the nation will learn about scientific innovations, new business ventures, state and federal legislation and the regulatory environment at the conference, themed “Collaboration Makes Innovation Happen.”

In addition, company leaders will be able to pitch venture capitalists and angel investors on innovative technologies, products and business models. “Our goal is to bring together scientists, executives, investors, entrepreneurs and lawmakers to share challenges and opportunities that will fuel the continued growth of life sciences in Florida,” BioFlorida CEO Nancy Bryan says in a news release.

The program has been expanded this year to incorporate all of Florida's life sciences, including biotech, pharma, medical device and bioagriculture.

The Tampa Bay region is home to many life science organizations that support research and entrepreneurial activity, including the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and the University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation and the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research.

Florida's biotechnology industry has grown 60% in five years, according to a University of Florida report. There are more than 210 biotech companies in the state. Plus, Florida's bioscience industry has grown more since 2004 than in all previous years combined — with more than 11% of the nation's biotechnology companies located in the state, says the report.

Randal Kirk, one of the nation's most successful biotech entrepreneurs and chairman/CEO of Intrexon Corp., will deliver the conference's opening keynote address. Other speakers include U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa; Dr. Stephen B. Liggett, vice dean for research, personalized medicine and genomics at USF's Morsani College of Medicine; state Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples; and Florida CFO Jeff Atwater.


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