Issue 82 – September 2019

IRIS Provides Innovative End-to-End Solution for Early Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy

Pensacola-based IRIS  provides a complete end-to-end diagnostic retinal imaging solution that helps physicians close care gaps and achieve 5-star performance. From intake to referral and billing, IRIS leverages evidence-based best practices to create a comprehensive program based on practice goals and needs to improve access and manage population care.
IRIS received initial funding from the Florida Institute in 2015, and today delivers a cloud-based diagnostic imaging solution and a workflow-based system integration that simplifies patient identification, examination, and reimbursement. With more than 250 different clinics integrated and more than 205,000 patient exams completed, the company has developed best practices that result in early detection and diagnosis of vision-threatening retinal pathologies including diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. More information about IRIS may be viewed here.


Tech and Innovation Summit Held at University of Central Florida

The James Madison Institute, the Florida Chamber Foundation , the Florida Technology Council  and the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University hosted the “2019 Tech and Innovation Summit- Moving Beyond the Possible” on September 25th, bringing together legislative, business, government and academic thought leaders to discuss Florida’s unique opportunity to lead the national conversation on technology and innovation, and global impacts of key sectors that will shape prosperity and quality of life for decades to come.


James Madison Institute Leadership and Keynote Speakers pictured with Rep. Grant (second from the right) and Sen. Brandes (far right)

Senator Jeff Brandes  (R- District 24) and Representative Jamie Grant  (R- District 64) opened the Summit with an overview of the upcoming legislative session. Breakout sessions tackled important topics such as telecommunications, data privacy and security, transportion, talent development, and disaster preparedness. More information may be viewed here.


Don’t Miss The Florida Chamber Foundation 2019 Future of Florida Forum October 28-29!

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2019 Future of Florida Forum will be held in at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, bringing together Florida’s business leaders, industry experts and elected officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges impacting Florida’s future between now and 2030. Join Florida’s leaders to discuss:
  • Florida’s rapidly changing economic, demographic and political changes and how they impact your future, 
  • Where Florida’s growth will be and in what industries, 
  • Florida’s key trends, headwinds, tailwinds and key projections,
  • The latest leadership strategies to solve Florida’s talent gap,
  • Fixing Florida’s broken lawsuit abuse problem,
  • Preparing Florida’s infrastructure and transportation systems for growth,
  • Promoting economic opportunity for all Floridians, and more!
More information about the Florida Chamber Foundation and the Forum may be viewed here.

Just 4 Weeks Until BioFlorida Annual Conference!

The BioFlorida 22nd Annual Conference is taking place at the Tampa Marriott Water Street from October 20-22.  Hear from life science executives and thought leaders, connect with hundreds of life sciences professionals, meet potential investors and discuss your business plans and financial needs, and support Florida's life sciences industry. This year’s conference will feature:
  • life sciences executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders;
  • scientists, researchers, and commercialization professionals from universities and research institutions;
  • angel investors, venture capitalists, and potential strategic partners; 
  • technical and business sessions;
  • legislators and economic development partners; and
  • service providers specializing in the life sciences.
More information about BioFlorida may be viewed here.

Register Today for SEBIO Investor and Partnering Forum
Event to Feature Corporate Venture Capital Panel

The Southeast BIO (SEBIO) Investor & Partnering Forum will be held November 6-7, 2019 at The Biltmore in Miami-Coral Gables, FL. The conference provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet key decision makers in the regional and national life science and medical technology communities.

This year SEBIO is honored to present a panel of distinguished Corporate Venture Capitalists  on its opening day, Wednesday, November 6th. These panelists will provide insight into how to work with corporations, the largest source of capital for biopharma companies.

Now in its 21st year, the SEBIO Investor & Partnering Forum has built a loyal following, attracting thought leaders and investors from across the country.  More than 300 biotech and medtech investors, corporate executives, university representatives, and entrepreneurs will attend the event this year, and to date, more than 220 later stage and 180 early stage companies that participated in previous SEBIO Investor & Partnering Forums have raised more than $2.5 billion in public and private funding.  More information about SEBIO and the Forum may be viewed here.

About Us

Formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007, the Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology supports and funds innovation companies that create clean jobs in new industries that are driving the global economy. The Institute provides company building services, and seed funding through the Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund, to promising Florida startups that are developing products that improve and save lives, and help companies improve their bottom line. The Institute’s economic impact between 2011 and 2018 was $1.9 billion, with an annual return on investment of over 31 times to the State of Florida.