On August 17, 2010, LSSF was launched under its original name "Life Sciences Corridor" by FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg and The Beacon Council's former president, Frank Nero, who convened a meeting with Presidents of four public and private universities, four state colleges and three economic development agencies. Later on in its development, the LSSF membership was expanded to include presidents of three other public and private universities, one research park and three research institutes.
- Presence of a connecting culture
- Committed university leadership
- Key individual leaders
- Entrepreneurial culture, and
- Availability of capital resources.
Assembling these ingredients synergistically to leverage existing regional life sciences assets in South Florida with state, federal, and private investment opportunities will be key to developing a more resilient economy that will generate more stable, sustainable and high-paying jobs.
To spawn and stimulate economic growth in South Florida, LSSF will link the elements of the innovation ecosystem: research, entrepreneurship, venture capital, and life sciences companies, with a goal toward increasing research density and accelerating research commercialization. Additionally, the life sciences and biotechnology workforce required to support economic innovation will be strengthened by enhancing K-20 STEM education and talent development in the region.
LSSF Executive Committee members include presidents of the seven public and private universities (Barry University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, University of Miami), four state colleges (Broward College, Indian River State College, Miami Dade College, Palm Beach State College), three economic development agencies (The Beacon Council, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance), one research park (Research Park at FAU) and three research institutes (Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Scripps Florida, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies) in South Florida.