Another highlight of the EDC’s Schwartz Awards Luncheon was unveiling of bioOrlando’s new “Medical Marker” program, which is designed to build awareness of the growing presence of biotech and life science companies in our region.
Ray Gilley, EDC President & CEO, described the program as a way to recognize the growing number of leaders in scientific research and medical technology, as well as companies who have contributed substantially to the evolution of such technologies in Central Florida. “On an ongoing basis, Medical Markers will be presented to life science and biotech organizations throughout the four county region,” explained Gilley.
A design for the marker, the work of talented local artist Dralene “Red” Hughes, was unveiled. Hughes submitted her concept as part of a design competition promoted by United Arts. The artist explains her design concept (above) as follows: “An abstract figure formed from checks and balances reaches for a goal, represented by the bright star. The figure is stepping forward and up, with the upper extension pointing to the Orlando area on a Florida map.”
Florida Senator Lee Constantine, a tireless community advocate who introduced the bill that put the UCF College of Medicine into Statute, then introduced the inaugural class of Medical Marker recipients. As Constantine explained, this founding group represents the pioneers of our region’s medical and life science industry. “These are the organizations and industries that blazed the trail and ensured that Metro Orlando would be well-positioned as a true contender for the life science industry,” he said.
bioOrlando’s inaugural class of Medical Marker recipients includes:
- Florida Hospital, est. 1908
- Orlando Health, est. 1918
- Florida’s Blood Centers, est. 1942
- South Lake Hospital, est. 1947; home to National Training Center
- Health Central, est. 1952
- Tavistock Group / Lake Nona
- Emergency Medicine Learning & Resource Center
- Virtual Reality Medical Center