About the BioFlorida BioDatabase
BioFlorida, the voice of Florida’s life sciences industry, is pleased to offer the BioFlorida BioDatabase to track the state’s biosciences companies (biopharmaceutical and biomedical technology), and provide a valuable, searchable tool to help users navigate this robust industry across the state. Following industry standards, the BioDatabase defines a biotechnology company as one that uses modern biological techniques to develop products or services for human health care, animal health care, agricultural productivity, food processing, renewable resources, industrial manufacturing and environmental management.
Bioscience companies have an R&D core that generates new, bio-related product discoveries regardless of sector. By this definition, the database does not include healthcare services companies, medical device companies without a bio component, or biomed companies that are involved only in manufacturing and/or distribution of products. There are thousands of such companies in Florida and the BioDatabase may be expanded over time to include other sectors of the life sciences industry.
Recognizing Florida’s need to better understand its growing bioscience industry, the UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator launched the Florida BioDatabase in 2007. Michael Schmitt, editor of the Florida BioDatabase, is a life science analyst in Lakeland, Florida. The Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator worked with Dr. Schmitt to develop the Florida BioDatabase, and he has tracked the industry and provided several updates each year as the industry has continued to grow.