Four pillars of the community have come together to form IQ Orlando, a partnership concentrated on launching and recruiting life science companies – one that leverages innovation to create intelligent solutions. Their collective strength will serve to maximize intelligence, innovation and invention. While also developing, validating and growing revolutionary solutions.
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The AHG Group sources and vets life science and health care companies outside the U.S. that have an interest in bringing their technologies into the U.S. healthcare market. AHG maintains an active team of scientific consultants and financing subject matter experts. This dedicated “opportunity” executive group vets the best available discoveries and advanced scientific opportunities specifically in Israel, Russia and Belgium. The AHG Group also works closely with major Israeli universities and start-ups who have strong economic potential and will provide benefit to mankind. After proper business, scientific and technology vetting, the life science and health care opportunities are presented to IQ Orlando for review and consideration.
Opened in 1908, Florida Hospital is one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country and is ranked first in the country for the number of inpatient admissions by the American Hospital Association – caring for almost 1 million patients a year. The more than 2,500-bed system is comprised of eight campuses in the Greater Orlando Area, 33 outpatient facilities, and a number of urgent care centers known as Centra Care. Florida Hospital has been consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the country. A member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Florida Hospital is a Christian, faith-based hospital that believes in extending the healing ministry of Christ to all patients and providing total care – mind, body and spirit. Florida Hospital is committed to providing better health for the population, enhance care for individuals, and help to lower the cost of healthcare.
The Tavistock Group, an international private investment organization founded by Joe Lewis, is the developer of Lake Nona, an award-winning, health-inspired community that is anchored by Lake Nona Medical City, one of the nation’s fastest growing life sciences innovation clusters. Since 2006, Lake Nona has attracted anchor organizations that together represent over $2 billion in construction investment, including the University of Central Florida Health Sciences Campus and College of Medicine, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Nemours Children’s Hospital, University of Florida Research & Academic Center, and the Orlando VA Medical Center. Recognized for its commitment to health innovation, Lake Nona has developed strategic alliances with Johnson & Johnson, GE, Cisco, GuideWell, and others. The GuideWell Innovation Center will open in 2016 and will include incubator and accelerator space for promising early- and mid-stage health and life sciences companies. The USTA’s New Home of American Tennis will open in 2016 as the anchor for the new Lake Nona Sports Innovation and Performance District. The Tavistock Life Sciences team, headquartered in San Diego, draws on decades of experience investing in private and publicly traded companies using a disciplined methodology and access to meaningful investment capital.
The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with more than 60,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, the sciences including biomedical sciences, hospitality management and digital media. UCF researchers have accrued more than $1.1 billion in external grants during the past decade. The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association ranked UCF among the top 25 universities in the world for the number of patents awarded. UCF is one of 25 public universities with the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity.
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