BioFlorida showcases local biotech industry

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    Scores of nose-shaped stress balls were an eye-catching way to for one company to demonstrate its oxygen-saturation monitoring system that helps monitor heart rate and blood oxygen for critically ill patients — one of about 150 biotechnology companies gathered Thursday at the 15th BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology.

    Xhale Assurance’s funky display caught the attention of many at Foundation Park, and that was the point.

    Nancy Bryan, president & CEO of BioFlorida, which represents nearly 6,000 establishments and research organizations in the biopharmaceutical, medical technology, and bioagriculture sector, said the annual event is meant to showcase life-science companies and their “high number of successes.”