Life Sciences and Healthcare is one of MDBC's target industries and has been an economic driver for generations. "The South Florida ecosystem of research and educational institutions, major healthcare system, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders has allowed this sector to thrive, and there are enormous possibilities for continued growth," said Mike Finney, president and CEO of MDBC.
The meeting featured a panel focused on engagement between hospitals and higher education institutions, and the opportunities to work together on research and commercialization. Moderated by FIU Vice President for Engagement Saif Ishoof, the panel consisted of Dr. Marialena DeSanctis (President of Broward College Central Campus), Elizabeth Lopez (Senior Venture Associate at Nicklaus Children's Hospital), and Dr. Sergio Gonzalez-Arias (Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs and Founding Chair, Department of Neuroscience and Chief of Neurosurgery, FIU Herbert Wertheim from the College of Medicine.
Life Sciences South Florida, chaired by FIU President Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, is an initiative focused on growing the regional life sciences ecosystem by increasing education, research, and commercialization opportunities.