Target Business Sectors

Life Sciences

 

  

Greater Fort Lauderdale provides a stimulating and supportive business environment for life science start-ups, midsize businesses and global companies. Allergan, Stryker, Lupin and Teva are among the major medical device, biomedical, pharmaceutical and clinical research companies with R&D, manufacturing and distribution facilities in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

As a region, South Florida is home to one of the nation's most dynamic industry clusters with convenient access to leading research institutes and academic institutions. In Greater Fort Lauderdale – a longtime home for many biomedical companies – Nova Southeastern University is expanding its life science research facilities. To the north are Scripps Florida, Max Planck Florida Institute, and Torrey Pines Institute for molecular studies. To the south, the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and Florida International University's Biomedical Engineering Department are investing in biomedical research and commercialization programs.

A Collaborative Approach

South Florida's academic institutions, research parks and economic development organizations have joined together to form Life Sciences South Florida (LifeSciencesSF.org).  

On a statewide level, BioFlorida is the voice of Florida's life sciences industry with regional chapters that represent nearly 5,500 establishments and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices/diagnostics and bioagriculture sectors. BioFlorida’s initiatives provide a strong business climate for the advancement of innovative products that improve lives and promote economic benefits to the state.

Another collaborative asset is the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, which facilitates the creation of spin-off companies from technology developed at Florida’s publicly funded research institutions. The institute provides support services, including building relationships with seasoned entrepreneurs, in order to hasten the growth of commercially viable discoveries.

A Diverse Industry Cluster

South Florida is home to approximately 1,500 bioscience businesses and institutions that employ more than 26,000 people and generate over $4 billion in sales, according to recent surveys. Leading companies in Greater Fort Lauderdale include:

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For more information on life sciences business location and expansion, contact the Alliance's life sciences expert, Todd Holt, at 954-627-0124 or via email at tholt@gflalliance.org