The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB), in cooperation with the State of Florida, Palm Beach County and Palm Beach Gardens, announced that it has assisted Zimmer Biomet, whose products and solutions help treat patients suffering from disorders of, or injuries to, bones, joints or supporting soft tissues, in expanding its dental division headquarters in Palm Beach County.
Zimmer Biomet is a result of Zimmer’s recent acquisition of Palm Beach County-based Biomet. Zimmer Biomet is headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana.
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Palm Beach County‘s life science industry — controversial for the amount of tax dollars sunk into it more than a decade ago — will be put under a microscope for potential expansion.
Business Development Board president Kelly Smallridge on Tuesday unveiled an effort aimed at expanding the county’s life science businesses.
The economic development group is “going back to the table to inventory the county’s life science assets,” Smallridge said.
A $55,000 study by Maryland-based Facility Logix will help the Business Development Board understand the assets of the life science sector and identify gaps to better market the county, she said.
The county’s biotech sector includes Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in Jupiter, about 200 biotech companies, hospitals, and educational programs including Scripps, Max Planck and Florida Atlantic University’s School of Medicine.
Now that Florida’s economy has essentially recovered from the recession, Smallridge said it’s time for economic officials to make a bigger play for science-related businesses as well as figure how to keep spin-off companies from the institutes in the area.
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