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Life Sciences / Medical Technologies

The Corridor’s life sciences and medical technologies sector is one of the country’s most vibrant – consisting of bioscience, pharmaceuticals, medical device manufacturers, specialized medical information technology and biotechnology.  With more than 300 companies and 10,000+ employees, the region continues to be a growing, world-class biotech hub.

Barb Eppler
“Developing fast-acting biodefense medical countermeasures is just one focus of Nanotherapeutics. We’re known for our formulation work, taking a product and making it easier to absorb into the body.”

Barb Eppler, Senior Vice President
Ology Bioservices

Anchoring the region’s biotech cluster are prominent research institutions, including SRI International Inc., one of the world’s leading independent research and technology development organizations; MRIGlobal, an internationally acclaimed center for applied research and technology development; and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, a top cancer treatment and research organization. The Corridor is also home to Lake Nona’s Medical City, a hub for health sciences and medical research anchored by the UCF College of Medicine, UF’s Research & Academic Center, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Nemours Children’s Hospital and the soon-to-open VA Medical Center.

Life Sciences/Medical Technologies at a Glance

  • 300+ companies in the Corridor
  • 10,000+ employees
  • SRI International, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and more are here

A business-friendly climate and plenty of affordable lab and office space to meet the needs of life sciences companies at all levels of development have the Corridor poised to continue expanding its life sciences cluster. In fact, the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator near UF in Alachua was recognized as the best incubator in the world by the National Business Incubation Association in 2013, and the UCF Technology Incubator and USF CONNECT’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator are also key biotech facilities.

From finding an innovative method for potentially treating cancer with lasers at UCF, to transforming health care with the latest modeling and simulation technology at USF’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), to developing an experimental technique to thwart the effects of multiple sclerosis on the body’s central nervous system at UF’s College of Medicine, organizations throughout the Florida High Tech Corridor are positioning the region as a thriving hub for life sciences.

Life Sciences Organizations and Institutes