You may be wondering why we built this website when there are so many other websites related to Life Sciences in Florida. Well, that is just the problem.
Florida has many different organizations in the Life Sciences community, and most have websites with information of interest to the community. However, they are all focused in some way, geographically, by industry, by function, etc. and they see the world through that restriction. The result is that it is very difficult to get a complete picture of what is available and where to go to answer a question. While one website may list some sources, the list is usually incomplete so the viewer is forced to look for other sites and is never really sure if his information is complete.
Why does that matter? Well, beyond the time wasted searching for information, it also means few people have more than a narrow view of the breadth, complexity and strength of the Life Sciences community in Florida. This distorts our view of ourselves, and short-changes the view others have of what is happening here.
This need has been identified by many people over the past year and there has been a lot of talk about developing a “clearinghouse” site to aid people in finding information. We believe there has been enough talk and it is now time for action – and we have taken it.
Our objective is not to duplicate information on other websites, but to tell the viewer where it is and how to get it. We will be as inclusive as we can, and we welcome requests for additions (or subtractions if for some reason you do not want your site to be listed).
But, aren’t we being geographically focused, too? Yes, I have to admit we are, but that’s because all Florida is just too big to be a single “cluster” while South Florida is a manageable size. We have nothing against the different regions in Florida, and will, in fact, include information about them, but we are focused on building the regional Life Sciences community in South Florida, at least for the moment.
We hope you will find this website useful. If so, we ask you to:
- Bookmark the site and come back often to check the calendar and the blog.
- Tell your friends about it.
- Let us know what you think, and how we might improve.
- Join in the conversation this blog, on any subject of interest to the community (except advertising).
Thanks for participating!