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BioFlorida's 12th Annual Celebration of Biotechnology

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BioFlorida's 12th Annual Celebration of Biotechnology Hosted by the UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator and RTI Surgical


EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: BioFlorida's 12th Annual Celebration of Biotechnology

WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 2015

WHERE: RTI Surgical Campus in Progress Park, 11621 Research Circle, Alachua, FL 32615

The community is invited to attend the 12th Annual Celebration of Biotechnology on Thursday, May 7th, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., on the RTI Surgical campus in Progress Park, Alachua, Fla. The Celebration of Biotechnology is an outdoor event showcasing the life science community in the area and throughout Florida. Now, in its 12th year and hosted by the UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator and RTI Surgical, the Celebration continues to attract more than 80 organizations and 500 professionals. Exhibit space was expanded this year to accommodate the demand, reflecting an increased activity within the life sciences industry.

The event offers tours of local biotech companies, lots of exciting and informative exhibits and great networking. The Celebration will also feature guest speaker Randy Scott, Partner of HealthQuest Capital, who will present “Follow the Money,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gatorade and demonstrating the value of having the right mix of researchers, universities and intellectual property. A Media Hour will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Celebration of Biotechnology draws hundreds of industry professionals from emerging and established life sciences companies; universities and research institutions; economic development agencies, investment networks and firms, and supporting organizations to Progress Park – just north of Gainesville on I-75. The event's atmosphere is designed to encourage conversations and connections that will help attendees grow in their respective fields.

COST: The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. Lunch can be purchased from several food vendors and water will be provided for free to guests.

This year’s sponsors include:

For the 9th year in a row the Celebration’s Signature Sponsor: Fisher Scientific.

Corporate Sponsors: Concept Construction of North Florida, Inc.; Santa Fe College; and Reit Management & Research LLC.

The City of Alachua supports the Celebration again this year as well as Marketing Partners - the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce & Career Source North Central Florida and Media Sponsor Moore Communications Group.

Event Sponsors include: AxoGen, Inc.; Bailey Estates; Banyan Biomarkers; CAMPUS USA Credit Union; Davos Pharma; and The Corridor.

To date, the 2015 Celebration Exhibitors include:

Alpha Pro Tech
American Thermal Instruments, Inc.
Artemis Plastics
Axogen, Inc.
Bailey Estates
Beckman Coulter

Biotek Instruments

Brady Corp.

CAMPUS USA Credit Union
Charles Perry Partners, Inc.
Concept Construction of North Florida, Inc.
Cooley LLP

CoreRx, Inc.

Corning Mediatech Cellgro
Davos Pharma
Doe and Ingalls
Elisa Technologies
EnCor Biotechnology, Inc.
Evoqua Water Technologies
Fisher Chemical, Acros, Maybridge, Fisher Bioreagents

Fisher Life Sciences

Fisher Scientific

Fisher Safety
Fisher Science Education

Foresight Construction Group

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce & CareerSource North Central Florida
Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)
Gateway Bank
Germfree Laboratories, Inc.
Gray Robinson, PA
GRUCom Fiber Optics Communications
Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn
IKA Works
James Moore & Co.
Kimberly Clark
Life Tech (Instruments)
Mettler Toledo
Millipore Water and Life Sci
Nanotherapeutics, Inc.
Office Depot
Reit Management & Research LLC
Renaissance Printing
ROBRADY design

RR Donnelley

Saliwanchik, Lloyd, & Eisenschenk

Santa Fe College

Sonoco Tegrant Thermosafe
Spectrum Chemical Mfg Corp
St Gobain

The Corridor

The Realtime Group
Thermo Cellomics and AMG Evos
Thermo Chromatography & Mass Spectrometry
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Unity Labs
Thermo LED (Lab Equipment)
Thermo Microbiology Remel/Oxoid
Thermo Spectrophotometry and Electrochemistry
UF Biotility/CERHB
UF MBA Program
UF - Service Center (NRF/MAIC & PAIC)
Vista Labs
World Courier
World Precision Instruments

About Progress Park

Progress Park is a productive setting for the many bioscience, tech and other companies attracted to its site in North Central Florida. Located 5 minutes from I75 in the City of Alachua, this private Park has easy access to the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville and the Gainesville Regional Airport. It is centrally located two hours from Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Companies located in Progress Park may apply for Foreign Trade Zone 064 status through JAXPORT. The company’s direct imports would be treated as if they remain in a foreign country and they not pay U.S. import duties. FTZs help customers trim cash flow. They allow companies to defer payment of import duties until they sell goods to U.S. buyers outside the zone. Or they can skip duties completely if the goods are re-exported.

About RTI Surgical

RTI Surgical is a leading global surgical implant company providing surgeons with safe biologic, metal and synthetic implants. Committed to delivering a higher standard, RTI’s implants are used in sports medicine, general surgery, spine, orthopedic, trauma and cardiothoracic procedures and are distributed in nearly 50 countries. RTI is headquartered in Alachua, Fla., and has four manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and Europe. RTI is accredited in the U.S. by the American Association of Tissue Banks and is a member of AdvaMed. For more information, please visit

About BioFlorida

BioFlorida is the voice of Florida's life sciences industry, representing nearly 5,500 establishments and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical device/diagnostics and bioagriculture sectors that collectively employ nearly 80,000 Floridians (Source: Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014). Members of the BioFlorida network range from emerging and established life science companies, universities, research institutions, incubators, economic development agencies, investors and service providers. BioFlorida’s member driven initiatives provide a strong business climate for the advancement of innovative products that improve lives and promote economic benefits to the state.

About the State Life Sciences Annual Conference – The BioFlorida Annual Conference

October 11-13, 2015


Please join us this year in Orlando for the state life sciences BioFlorida Annual Conference. Visit for more details and/or to become a sponsor or an exhibitor. This year’s Program will feature speakers on precision medicine, traumatic brain injury, space research, medical devices, and regulatory and reimbursement concerns. The Conference will also have startups from across the state discuss their products and services, and investors will provide feedback. The Conference attracts more than 500 attendees and registration will open in May.

2015 Celebration Co-Chairs:

Patti Breedlove
UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator

Jenny Highlander
RTI Surgical

Onsite Media Contact:

Lacey Jones
RTI Surgical


UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator
Patti Breedlove, 386-462-0880

About BioFlorida

BioFlorida represents nearly 6,000 establishments and research organizations in the biopharmaceutical, medical technology and bioagriculture sectors that collectively employ nearly 83,000 Floridians.


Members of the BioFlorida network include emerging and established life science companies, universities, research institutions, hospitals, medical centers, incubators, economic development agencies, investors and service providers.


Email us for a regional Chapter sponsorship.