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South Florida Technology Alliance and BioFlorida Joint-Event Draws Big Names and Big Crowd

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA), the leading IT business forum in the region, launched an important joint event with the state's life sciences organization, BioFlorida. An audience of more than 125 gathered in Fort Lauderdale on August 27, to hear experts from Scripps Florida, University of Miami, Dyadic and ConsultADoctor discuss the convergence of bio science and information technology.

Presentations from Anthony Carvalloza, Director of IT Services for Scripps Research Institute (, Mark Emalfarb, CEO of Dyadic (, Dr. Robert Schwartz, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health along with Dr. John Ryan, Research Director at the University of Miami (, and Wolf Shlagman, CEO of ConsultADoctor (, showcased how technology has been used to advance their respective areas of life sciences and the future opportunities to continue collaboration.

Mel Rothberg, CEO of Advanced Processing & Imaging, Inc. ( and Co-Chair of the Southeast Chapter of BioFlorida, shared insight to the state of the Biotech industry in South Florida. "The bioscience industry demands the management of vast quantities of information. Digitizing this massive amount of information enables life science professionals to store, analyze, search, and share content more efficiently." He further noted that the expanding South Florida bioscience industry currently employs 38,482 workers in the tri-county area with a gross revenue of over $3.6 billion

Chip Casanave, CEO of Data Access Worldwide ( and chairman of the SFTA discussed the opportunities presented by the BioFlorida - South Florida Technology Alliance partnership: "Technology provides the underlying tools for life sciences research, development and commercialization. Building awareness and alliances between these sectors helps both of them grow and create future benefits for everyone."

BioFlorida and SFTA share a common goal of bringing together enterprise, entrepreneurs, government, academia, and investors, to grow their respective industries and attract new business to Florida.

"This event was met with such a positive response," said Chris Burgio, president of SFTA. "The turn out was higher than expected and people were buzzing about the event well after the presenters had cleared the stage. We look forward to continuing our partnership with BioFlorida and bringing more valuable events like this to our region."

Events are open to the public and information can be found on the SFTA website,

About the SFTA

South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) brings more than a decade of leadership as the most effective technology organization in the region. Committed to the growth, success and awareness of the vibrant South Florida technology community, SFTA fosters an exciting network of companies, academia, capital resources, and government for the immediate and future success of technology-related interests in our region. (

About BioFlorida

BioFlorida is Florida's statewide trade association for the bioscience industry providing advocacy, business development and communications services for more than 200 member companies. Our mission is to be the voice of the bioscience industry and the advocate for our member organizations. Bringing knowledge and resources to Florida's bioscience community, BioFlorida supports the health, agricultural and energy sectors of biotechnology as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology fields. (

    Jackie Fernandez
    Executive Director
    South Florida Technology Alliance

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