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CEO Sounding Board - Life Sciences

Sue Washer
Sue Washer [Photo: Erica Brough/Gainesville Sun]

Sue Washer
President/CEO
Applied Genetic Technologies (developer of treatments for a lung disease and diseases that cause blindness)
Alachua

"Investing in companies is returning to normal after being very depressed in 2009 and early 2010. That makes everyone involved in biotech development very encouraged. The large biotech companies and large multinational pharmaceutical companies are definitely in a mode for licensing, partnerships and acquisitions. They have a great deal of cash on hand."


Thomas McLain
CEO
Claro Scientific (developer of diagnostic systems)
St. Petersburg

Thomas McLain
Thomas McLain
A study from the UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator found more dollars — $143 million — were invested in Florida in the biomedical sector, including life sciences and healthcare services, in the third quarter of 2010 than in all of 2009 and that biomedical funding has increased faster in the state (24%) than nationally (4.7%). "I'm feeling very good about biotech and life sciences in Florida going into 2011 just based on the momentum I'm seeing in 2010."


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