If you want to see what our Life Sciences community in South Florida could look like some day, check out what other regions are doing, already. These regions are in competition with us, right now, so you should look at them two ways – as models and as competitors (The descriptions are from their websites.)
One thing to consider carefully – all these successful Life Science centers of excellence have strong communities where scientists, businessmen and government officials work closely together. There is a lesson there. If the South Florida community wants to compete with centers like this, its members must learn to cooperate and collaborate. It is the only way to succeed.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (“Center”) is a quasi-public agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, created by the … legislature in June 2006. The MLSC is closely affiliated with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development but is not subject to its direct supervision or control.
The Center was established to promote the life sciences within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is tasked with investing in life sciences research and economic development. This work includes making financial investments in public and private institutions growing life sciences research, development and commercialization as well as building ties between sectors of the Massachusetts life sciences community.
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies from all sectors of the technology industry, as well as service providers, universities, foreign embassies, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 200,000 employees in the region.
CONNECT is a regional program that catalyzes the creation of innovative technology and life sciences products in San Diego County by linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success. Since 1985, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies. The leadership of CONNECT attributes its success to the unique culture of collaboration between industry, capital sources, professional service providers and research organizations that CONNECT has sought to foster in the region.
With more than 5,000 members and friends, serving more than 850 C-level executives and supporting 200-plus member companies, the Austin Technology Council (ATC) has been focused on the growth and success of the Austin tech community since 1994. Members reap the benefits of premier professional development; insight and feedback from peers; the best in industry data to help grow businesses; and opportunities to give back to the Austin community through charitable initiatives.