Why Exhibit in Orlando?
Florida’s High Tech Corridor spans 23 counties across the state, connected by three research universities, more than 20 local and regional economic development organizations, 14 community and state colleges, 12 regional workforce boards, countless industry groups and the thousands of innovative companies that call this region home.
More than 27,000 Floridians work in Florida’s biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and medical device manufacturing industries, and the universities are among the nation’s top producers of STEM graduates.
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► Maintains the nation’s second largest medical device manufacturing industry, third largest pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, and seventh largest biotech R&D industry.
► Has more than 27,000 Floridians working Florida’s biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and medical device manufacturing industries.
► Is currently home to 262 biotechnology companies representing more than 10% of the nation’s biotechnology enterprises. For each of the past four years, a Florida life science firm has ranked within the top 13% of all Deloitte Fast 500 technology companies in North America.
► Is among the top 10 states for manufacturing and producing pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, batteries, aerospace products, and more.
► Houses more than 2,000 aeropsace companies including research and development, testing and education.
LIFE SCIENCES & HEALTHCARE
Florida’s life sciences sector is also growing and innovating. The state ranked No. 1 in innovation ahead of longtime hot spots like California by Fast Company. With more than 1,000 biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies, a foundation of more than 45,000 healthcare establishments, including 700 hospitals, Florida’s life sciences industry is now seen as one of the nation’s hub for innovation and research.
Agriculture Florida grows the most citrus fruit grown in the Unites States. Tangerines, oranges and grapefruits are the main citrus fruits, but celery, tomatoes, sugarcane and strawberries also contribute to the agricultural industries. Jobs that stem from this industry include farming, interstate and intrastate truck driving.
Biotechnology Florida 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 has the science, talent, and support structure biotechs need to succeed.
Medical Device Manufacturing Florida is ranked 2nd among states for FDA registered medical device manufacturing facilities. Nearly 19,000 Floridians work in this industry, with a majority of companies located along the I-4 Corridor in Central Florida, the Jacksonville area, and in South Florida.
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing 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.
Healthcare Florida has one of the most sophisticated health care systems in the country. Our hospitals and 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.
Florida Hospital Health Village
A 172-acre mixed-use transit oriented development with housing and rail, a life sciences research center, a hospital cluster and an upcoming hub of growing, new companies
Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute
Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes Three upcoming BioResearch Centers planned with office and lab space, including both wet and dry labs
IQ Orlando – an innovative-focused business partnership concentrated on recruiting and launching life science companies
Lake Nona Medical City
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Nemours Children’s Hospital
University of Florida Research and Academic Center
Guidewell Innovation Center – a 92,000-square-foot building with wet lab, office space and 15,000-square-foot life sciences incubator
Orlando VA Medical Center
Veterans Health Administration Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN)
Lake Nona Gateway
Medical Simulation Innovations
Global Robotics Institute
Cutting-edge healthcare simulation training at Seminole State College of Florida, Lake-Sumter State College, Valencia College and the University of Central Florida
University of Florida Health Cancer Center – recognized as a state-designated Cancer Center of Excellence by the Florida Department of Health
Home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Center for adults and pediatrics
A strategic transportation corridor in Lake County in close proximity to both the National Training Center and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science
Agriculture & Agribusiness
The business of agriculture is big in Florida and particularly in South Central Florida where land is abundant and competitively priced. Well known for its rich and fertile soil, and decades of farming, the Heartland region is a natural fit for agricultural based businesses. As an agricultural mecca, the region is home to a number of farms, including many commercial farms.
► In 2010, Florida had 47,500 commercial farms, using a total of 9.25 million acres.
► The number of farms in Florida has increased by 3,500 over the past 10 years.
► Florida ranked first in the United States in the value of production of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, sugarcane for sugar and seed, squash, watermelons, sweet corn, fresh-market snap beans, fresh-market tomatoes, and fresh-market cucumbers.
► Florida ranked second in the United States in the value of production of strawberries, bell peppers, and cucumbers for pickles.
► Florida ranked fourth in the value of production of honey.
Life Science / Healthcare Clusters
LAKE NONA HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES CAMPUS
A City for Wellness
A newly constructed 92,000 SF state-of-the-art LEED Gold life science building designed to accommodate a variety of wet lab and office uses for medical device, biotech, pharma, diagnostics, healthcare IT and digital health companies.
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