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March 2014 Newsletter

CareCloud is Leading the Way

Forbes recently listed Miami-based CareCloud among America's Most Promising Companies and it is clear to see why. Since its inception in 2009, CareCloud has been a trailblazer in revolutionizing the way doctors run their practices. Founded by FIU alum Alberto Santalo, the company has seen its revenue increase more than 100 percent in each of the past 16 quarters.

"We enable the doctors to run a better business, a better medical group, but also, ultimately, deliver better care," says John Hallock, vice president of corporate communications at CareCloud.

The technology that is currently being used by many doctors' offices is often antiquated and decades old. CareCloud offers doctors a new cloud-based practice management system that takes care of the billing, heath records and scheduling aspects of running a practice. There is also an enhanced level of patient information privacy that is a result of encryption and secure browser capabilities. Physicians are open to cloud-based services such as CareCloud because they use cloud-based services in their personal lives, such as for banking, Hallock said.

CareCloud's award-winning user-interface is designed to be friendly and easy for medical office staff to learn. The core technology that drives CareCloud's platform allows doctors and patients to more easily and securely communicate, much like they do with LinkedIn or Facebook, leading to better overall patient care.

John J. Walsh, the chief technology officer for CareCloud, said he encourages students interested in the field to not only understand technology and how it works, but also how it will be used.

Walsh urges students to take advantage of internship opportunities while they are still in school. "Don't be shy. Don't be a fly on the wall…Use it as a learning experience," he said.

Walsh also said the company has a strong interest in collaborating with universities and keeping top talent in South Florida.

"Our founder believes…that South Florida is an area of the country that is rich with talent; the goal is to keep that talent [here]…and collaborating with academic institutions is paramount to that," he said.

For more information, visit the CareCloud website.

BioFlorida Latin America and Caribbean Life Sciences Conference

BioFlorida will host its inaugural Latin America & Caribbean Life Sciences Conference on March 27-28, 2014 at FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus and the Sofitel Hotel in Miami. The goal of the conference is to bring together life science professionals from the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America to create a platform for collaboration on research development and commercialization, in particular as it relates to pharmaceuticals and medical device professionals.

The conference will provide attendees the opportunity to explore potential business collaborations and share best practices. This inaugural event will include an exhibit hall; one-on-one partnering forum; opening reception; educational sessions and networking opportunities; as well as tours of some of FIU's cutting-edge research and teaching facilities.

Topics to be discussed include: research and commercialization collaboration; economic development opportunities; intellectual property and regulatory framework.

Confirmed speakers include: Gabriela Gebrin Cezar (Pfizer); Graciela Ciccia (Grupo INSUD); Annette Franqui (Forrestal Capital); James Hogan(Medtronic, Inc.); Miguel Ángel Margáin (Mexican Institute of Industrial Property); Bernardo Moreira (ANVISA - Brazil); and Gray Swoope (Florida Secretary of Commerce & Enterprise Florida, Inc.)

After the conference, attendees can enjoy exhibits at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum during the closing reception. The Frost Art Museum's 46,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility designed by Yann Weymouth of Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum opened in 2008. The Frost Museum is an American Alliance of Museums accredited museum and a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Full-time students and faculty receive 30 percent off registration using code LA14sf. Proof of academic affiliation will be required upon check-in at the conference.

Additional information can be found on the BioFlorida website.

STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium

Students from across the region will once again have the opportunity to present their original research at the second annual LSSF STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium to be hosted at FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus. On Saturday, April 12, students of STEM-related disciplines will present their unique scientific research to their peers, academic and industry representatives through oral and poster presentations.

Their presentations will be judged by academic leaders and life science industry professionals, and prizes will be awarded for outstanding projects.

The keynote speaker for the symposium is Dr. Pedro Greer, professor, assistant dean for academic affairs and chair of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society at FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He is a practitioner, scientist and researcher. Dr. Greer has established two major health care centers for the local South Florida homeless and under-served community - Camillus Health Concern and Saint John Bosco Clinic in Miami. He has received a variety of accolades and awards; in 2009 he was recognized by President Barack Obama as a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree.

Schools participating in this year's symposium include: Barry University, Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Indian River State College, Miami Dade College, Nova Southeastern University and Palm Beach State College.

For more information or to volunteer to be a judge at the symposium, contact Dr. Susan Webster at

Upcoming Webinars

"Precision Medicine: The Future of Healthcare"
Dr. Richard Jove
Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida
March 18 at 12:30 p.m.
To attend the webinar log-in as a guest at:
"Long Day's Journey into a Drug"
Dr. Philip LoGrasso
The Scripps Research Institute
April 15 at 12:30 p.m.
To attend the webinar log-in as a guest at:
If you would like to suggest a topic or speaker for a webinar, please email Dr. Roy Pocknee, Dean of Academic Affairs at Broward College at

Next Steps for Life Sciences South Florida

The next LSSF Executive Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL.