Education Members

From lab techs to world-class scientists, South Florida’s universities and colleges create the skilled workforce that drives the region’s life sciences industry. In addition, our education members work closely with life sciences companies on the development of new programs, updated curriculum development and internships while public school systems in each county put students on career paths for life sciences.

Learn more about our education members:

Economic Development Members

Our region’s economic members work to ensure that companies considering expansion or relocation to South Florida find success. Offering a variety or resources – including site location, assistance with available tax incentives, and networking opportunities – our economic members include:

  • Beacon Council

    Miami-Dade County's official economic development partnership, The Beacon Council offers economic and business development services to businesses of all sizes to ensure success in an entrepreneurial climate that includes industry leaders such as:

    • Beckman Coulter
    • BD Biosciences
    • Cordis (a Johnson & Johnson Company)
    • Merck

    Beacon Council

  • Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance

    The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance focuses on creating, attracting, expanding and retaining high-wage jobs and capital investment in high value targeted industries in a South Florida region that includes major Life Sciences companies such as:

    • Allergan
    • Stryker
    • Lupin
    • Teva

    Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance

  • Palm Beach County's Business Development Board

    Palm Beach County’s the official public/private economic development organization, the Business Development Board’s primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high-quality jobs to a region that includes life-sciences leaders such as:

    • DePuySynthes, a Johnson & Johnson Company
    • GE Medical Systems
    • OPKO Health
    • Cardinal Health

    Palm Beach County's Business Development Board

Research Institute Members

South Florida is home to a variety life sciences research parks that provide incubator/accelerator space, laboratories, offices and manufacturing spaces for companies of all sizes. Our Research Members include the following:

  • Baptist Health South Florida

    With more than 1.5 million patient visits every year, Baptist Health South Florida receives rave reviews from the people they serve. In fact, patients and their families from around the world travel to Miami for medical expertise from Baptist Health South Florida. Baptist Health South Florida is extremely proud of its team: more than 24,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians in virtually all specialties — many with national and international reputations. All of this and more makes Baptist Health South Florida's world-class healthcare organization. 

    Their success comes from a culture of quality and dedication that is instilled into every member of the Baptist Health family. It is because of their generosity, compassion, and commitment to clinical and service excellence that Baptist Health South Florida has a stellar reputation for quality.

    For more information on Baptist Health South Florida's membership with Life Sciences South Florida, please contact Mark Coticchia (Corporate Vice President) and Nila Bhakuni (Assistant Vice President).

    Baptist Health

  • Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

    Max Planck scientists conduct basic research in the service of the general public. They make groundbreaking discoveries with worldwide impact; create new medical applications; unearth the basic materials of the future, and advise politics, business and society on urgent questions concerning the development of the world. The interdisciplinary research areas provide many opportunities to work with universities and other research organizations.

    Max Planck Institutes focus on research fields that are particularly innovative, or that are especially demanding in terms of funding or time requirements. And their research spectrum is continually evolving: new institutes are established to find answers to seminal, forward-looking scientific questions, while others are closed when, for example, their research field has been widely established at universities. This continuous renewal preserves the scope the Max Planck Society needs to react quickly to pioneering scientific developments.

    Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

  • Nicklaus Children's Hospital

    Nicklaus Children’s Health System, is the region’s only healthcare system exclusively for children. In addition to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and a growing number of outpatient centers located throughout the tri-county area, the health system includes Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm; Pediatric Specialists of America Inc., a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a management services organization, an ambulatory surgery center and a line of children’s wellness products branded KidzStuff™.

    Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

  • FIU Center for Translational Science

    A non-profit research center dedicated to conducting research to advance the understanding of human disease and the improvement of human health, the center has become internationally recognized for its scientific contributions in a wide range of fields, including:

    • Chemistry
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Diabetes
    • Immunology
    • Infectious disease
    • Heart disease
    • Cancer vaccines
    • Pain management
    • and more
  • Research Park at FAU

    Home to more than 20 high-tech, high-wage companies and the premier Technology Business Incubator in the South Florida region, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University provides a supportive environment in which companies engaged in research and development can thrive. Tapping into Florida Atlantic University’s talents and resources, Research Park offers:

    • Sales tax exemption on R&D Equipment
    • Exclusive Research Park and TBI technology-related events
    • Partnership with FAU faculty on joint research grants
    • Shared equipment with FAU
    • Immediate access to talented and motivated workforce
    • Strategic location in the center of South Florida
    • Opportunity to access Florida LambdaRail/Internet 2
    • On-site Palm Tran bus stop for easy access to Tri-Rail
    • Personalized orientation and relationship with the FAU Career Development Center to access interns
    • Opportunity to become adjunct faculty at FAU

    Research Park at Florida Atlantic University

Research Parks & Institutions

South Florida is home to many research institutions, either independent or linked to one of the many local universities. In recent years, South Florida has seen the establishment of world-renowned research institutions that include:

  • Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
  • Diabetes Research Institute
  • John P. Hussman Institute of Human Genomics
  • The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute
  • Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Collaborative Research

A Home for Research

There are several life sciences research parks in South Florida that provide a range of facility options, including incubator/accelerator space, laboratories, offices, and manufacturing spaces for companies of all sizes:

  • The University of Miami has the UM Life Sciences & Technology Park – Which includes more than a million square feet of space for labs, offices, and retail.
  • The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University – Home to 19 high-tech companies and its Technology Business Incubator houses 17 startup companies.
  • Tradition Center for Innovation in St. Lucie County – Includes FIU Center for Translational Science, Mann Research One, Martin Health System, and other analytical laboratory testing companies.

Life Sciences Associates

The South Florida region is also home to many other research institutions, either independent or linked to one of our many local universities, and include:

  • Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
  • Diabetes Research Institute
  • John P. Hussman Institute of Human Genomics
  • The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute
  • Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Collaborative Research
  • The University of Miami Life Sciences and Technology Park
  • Tradition Center for Innovation in St. Lucie County