BioFlorida to Host Inaugural Latin America & Caribbean Life Sciences
BioFlorida  will host the inaugural Latin America & Caribbean Life Sciences Conference  in Miami. The conference, which provides a platform for collaboration across regions, will take place Thursday-Friday, March 27-28 at the Sofitel Miami Hotel  and Florida International University . BioFlorida is the state affiliate of the U.S. national Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) .
The conference will feature premier educational sessions and presentations from industry leaders and experts . Programming will cover opportunities and potential obstacles for cross-region collaborations, addressing research, clinical and commercial strategies, economic incentives, the current regulatory climate, and financing options.
“This conference recognizes the key role Florida plays in setting the foundation for greater scientific and commercial collaboration across the Americas,” said Gregory A. Nelson, conference chair and partner at Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP . “Historically, many areas such as trade and manufacturing, have benefited from this connection. Now, we are bringing the spotlight to the life sciences.
“This conference is an opportunity for participants to meet in a single location with the goal to optimize their successes and foster the growth of the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries,” said Nancy K. Bryan , president and CEO, BioFlorida . “The program is comprehensive and features an impressive line-up of speakers from the U.S. and Latin America, including high-ranked corporate executives, public officials, regulatory experts, and investment and economic development professionals.”
KEYNOTE AND FEATURED SPEAKER LINE-UP: Gabriela Gebrin Cezar, Senior Director & Head, External R&D at Innovation and Brazil, Latin America & South Africa Worldwide Research and Development, Pfizer ; James Hogan, President, Medtronic Latin America and VP, Medtronic, Inc. ; Miguel Ángel Margáin, Director General of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property ; Gray Swoope, Secretary of Commerce, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc. ; Mark B. Rosenberg, PhD, President of Florida International University ; and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera  (invited).
The conference will feature six panel discussions moderated by industry experts:
Attendees will be able to connect via the BioFlorida Partnering  system before the event and then for six weeks after the conference.
Registration for the conference is still open. Interested parties are encouraged to register here .
BioFlorida  (BioFlorida.com) is the voice of Florida’s life sciences industry, representing more than 3,000 companies and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bio-agriculture fields that employ nearly 84,000 Floridians. BioFlorida’s member-driven initiatives provide a strong business climate for development and production of innovative technologies and products that improve lives and promote economic benefits to the state.