The recent BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology, the twelfth celebration of its kind, championed the growth of the biotech industry in the state. 94 tables were set up for the biotech companies and businesses that converged on RTI Surgical at Progress Park. Nancy Bryan, president and CEO of BioFlorida, stated that research and development by Florida companies has grown 93% in the past six years, up to 262 companies to date. Florida is becoming a good place not only to do research but to do business according to Patti Breedlove, director of the University of Florida Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator.
Many companies in Alachua County have begun to move into bigger and better facilities to accommodate their increasing needs. An example of these facilities is the new Foundation Park. Its quarter-million square feet allows Gainesville-area companies to remain local with the increased space it will provide.