South Florida's Life Sciences consortium discusses innovation and regionalism

Regional cooperation seems to be the theme ending 2017 coming into 2018. After working on South Florida's Amazon's HQ2 proposal alongside the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the Palm Beach BDB, it is now more clear than ever that regional collaboration is a key to success. Mike Finney, president and CEO of MDBC joined Dr. Mark Rosenberg, president of Florida International University and Dr. Rolando Garcia, campus president of Broward College at Life Sciences South Florida (LSSF) to discuss opportunities and regional cooperation in the industry.

Life Sciences consortium smlLife 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.