Author: Brendan Farrington
Date: February 18, 2013
Watch Alex Sink talk with people forming startup technology companies and she’s smiling, energetic and confident. She exudes ideas for making Florida a place where young adults with a vision can grow them into multi-million dollar companies providing high paying jobs.
Watch Sink talk about politics, and the tone is much different. There’s disgust over how Republican Gov. Rick Scott has led the state since he defeated her in 2010. There’s frustration over policy she thinks the state should be pursing and isn’t. And there are also moments where she just looks weary. The Democrat started and stopped her sentences when talking about whether she’ll again seek the governor’s office.
“I wish I weren’t thinking about it,” she said, after letting out a big sigh. “I just have too much of an idea of how things can be so much better for people.” Read more here.
Date: August 5, 2012
A REVOLUTION IN personalized medicine and human genomic research is taking place in the Tampa Bay area. This is our watershed moment, and not a second can be lost in forging new alliances and exploiting every conceivable tactical opportunity to make the life sciences the foundation of our region’s economic recovery.
The latest edition of Harvard Business Review declares that the U.S. genetics industry will generate $350 billion worth of economic activity and millions of jobs.
“Sometime soon,” HBR writes, “in some location on planet Earth, an assortment of companies, research institutes, entrepreneurs, and scientists will cluster together in an industrial ecosystem.” The article poses the question of how and where this “silicon valley” of the life sciences will occur. We need to have the guts to respond boldly: the Tampa Bay region. Read more here.