A recent article in the Sun Sentinel highlighted the fast pace of growth that the cell therapy field in South Florida is currently enjoying: over 40% of the 5,500 biotech companies operating in the State are located in South Florida, the article states—and they have contributed to a staggering 75% growth of the biotech industry in the pasty six years.
This fast pace of growth is not expected to slow down soon. Companies such as Akron Biotech—which was recently profiled in a separate Sun Sentinel article—are heavily investing in new technologies, new laboratory space, new personnel and new partnerships to seize this momentum and maximize the potential of new research and medical needs.
Academic institutions such as Palm Beach State College, The Scripps Research Institute and Florida Atlantic University have been critical in providing educated and trained workforce professionals to fill the growing needs of the biotechnology and cell therapy industry employers in the area.
Akron has been a strong supporter of the local biotech community’s efforts since our inception, by partnering with academic institutions and other companies.
Palm Beach State College’s Biotechnology program has been a long-term partner of Akron Biotech, collaborating on not only professional development, but technology transfer and various strategic partnerships as well.
This year, Akron Biotech will participate in PBSC’s 4th Annual Biotech Networking Event and Career Panel which brings together professionals that cover a variety of roles in the local biotech community, including academic leaders (Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully of FAU and Dr. Joseph Kissil of Scripps Florida), management professionals (Dr. Liton Roy, Manager of Laboratory Operations at Sancilio & Company and Mrs. Julie Wilkinson, COO at ImmunoSite) as well as industry professionals (which includes Mrs. Shannon Pasley, laboratory technician at Akron Biotech) to discuss careers in manufacturing, academic research and corporate biotechnology.
The event takes place on April 14th at PBSC’s Palm Beach Gardens campus, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. For more details, go here.
For those not in the vicinity, Akron Biotech is gearing up to participate at the International Society of Cellular Therapy‘s annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, which takes place from May 27-30 at Caesars Palace.
The meeting will highlight Akron’s products, research and development and exciting news, and we will be showcase a number of research presentations. Mark your calendards in advance, and we will be sharing more details closer to the event. Contact us if you would like to set up individual meetings.
Akron will also participate at a number of other meetings throughout the year, which will include the 4th Annual Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine World Congress, which takes place from September 8-11 in Boston, MA and Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa, from October 7-9 in La Jolla, CA.
We will be posting more details about these meetings as the time comes.