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From the Publisher Florida High Tech Corridor Council PRESIDENT Ed Schons UNIVERSITY PARTNERS Dr. Elizabeth A. Klonoff Vice President for Research & Commercialization Dr. Tom O’Neal Associate Vice President for Research & Commercialization University of Central Florida Dr. Paul Sanberg Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation President, USF Research Foundation Elizabeth Nelson Director of Matching Grants Program University of South Florida Dr. David Norton Vice President for Research Cherrie Hughes Assistant Director of Industrial Outreach University of Florida STRATEGIC PARTNERS Roger Pynn President, Curley & Pynn Vianka McConville Communications Strategist, Curley & Pynn CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kacie Escobar, Karen Kacir, Joe Kays, Heather Keroes, Elizabeth Lytle, Vianka McConville, Ashley Tinstman, Dan Ward and Roger Pynn CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Blue Origin, John Jernigan, Lockheed Martin, NASA, SpaceX, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and University of Florida CREATIVE DIRECTION | GRAPHIC DESIGN ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY JAMES florida.HIGH.TECH is produced by Curley & Pynn for the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. 258 Southhall Lane, Suite 130, Maitland, FL 32751; Phone: (407) 423-8006. Florida High Tech Corridor Council: 1055 AAA Drive, Suite 140, Heathrow, FL 32746; Phone: (407) 708- 4630; Fax: (407) 708-4635. florida.HIGH.TECH assumes no responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts, photographs, negatives or transparencies. Copyright 2017 Florida High Tech Corridor Council. All rights reserved. Any reproduction in whole or in part without the express written consent of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council is strictly prohibited. Printed in the USA. Welcome One can easily think of large pharmaceutical companies driving the future of health care, but change and innovation is not restricted to a multi-million-dollar lab. Florida holds a unique position in the health care landscape and companies in The Corridor region are contributing to unique solutions to problems that impact numerous people. Alongside an in-depth look at health care in The Corridor in this updated 2017 publication, you will read about behind-the-scenes technology fueling theme parks and entertainment venues, as well as, a new credential from Gainesville feeding the local biotechnology pipeline. On another note, earlier this year, my colleague and friend, Randy Berridge, retired as president after serving in the role for more than 20 years. As a long-time advocate for growing and supporting our high tech region, I am honored to serve as the new president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. The Corridor has been sustained on a solid foundation that would not have been possible without guidance and leadership from Corridor Co-Chairs, Presidents John Hitt (UCF), Judy Genshaft (USF), Kent Fuchs (UF), and, former Co-Chairs, Betty Castor (USF) and Bernie Machen (UF). As I continue as president of The Corridor, I am eager to build on that strong foundation. I am committed to working with our university partners to bolster research, development and tech transfer to the marketplace. And I look forward to collaborating with our CareerSource boards, economic development organizations and industry partners to strengthen our workforce, marketing and entrepreneurship efforts. There is much to look forward to. Please enjoy the updated version of florida.HIGH.TECH 2017. Best regards, Ed Schons A regional economic development initiative of: florida.HIGH.TECH 2017 5