This week, Gainesville will play host to a statewide event for biotechnology that will raise awareness about Florida’s vibrant life-sciences cluster. Gainesville is home to the largest cluster of biotech companies in the state, including major companies like host RTI Biologics as well as Exactech and the University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator.
The 9th Annual Celebration of Biotechnology will be Thursday, May 10th, from 9:30am to 1pm on the RTI Biologics campus of Progress Park in nearby Alachua. (Progress Park is home to many start-ups that were the result of technology developed at UF.)
The outdoor event will have food vendors, an art-inspired science display, a bus tour of the park, networking opportunities (in the Gallery of Biotech) and more than 70 scientific and other vendors showcasing products and services in the biotechnology field. Visitors will have the chance to meet and interact with the largest cluster of biotech companies in the state of Florida.
The event is hosted by BioFlorida, the statewide bioscience industry trade association. BioFlorida represents more than 3,000 companies and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device fields that employ 61,000 Floridians. The event is free and open to the public.