The Communities of Tampa Bay
Bay is home to hundreds of medical technology companies, including
medical device manufacturers and suppliers, pharmaceutical
firms, cutting-edge biotech companies and information technology
firms with healthcare-related components.
Medical Device Manufacturers
product manufacturers dominate the Tampa Bay medical technology
industry, and place the region in the top 20 clusters nationwide.
According to a 2002 USF
Center for Economic Development study, the industry
employs over 10,000 people and produces over $2 billion worth
of goods and services annually in the Tampa Bay area – an
economic impact of more than 51,000 jobs and $5 billion.
manufacturers have a corner on the market in devices used
for minimally invasive surgery, disposable supplies, orthopedic
and cardiac implants, diagnostic imaging, sterilization equipment
Medical Manufacturers' Consortium reports that
Pinellas County has the major share – about 70 percent – of
medical manufacturing companies in the Bay area. The
medical manufacturer’s consortium was developed to further
the interests of this cluster in the Tampa Bay region and
throughout the state of Florida.
are highlights of Tampa Bay’s medical manufacturing cluster:
& Lomb, a manufacturer of ophthalmic pharmaceuticals
Precision, Inc., a manufacturer of medical and
Express, Inc., a provider
of reusable and disposable surgical products and central
processing and case cart management for the healthcare industry
Research, a researcher, designer and manufacturer
of contact lenses
a world leader in corrective lenses
Corporation, a manufacturer of orthopedic surgical
Healthcare Corp., a manufacturer of renal dialysis
and blood collection instruments
Optical, Inc., a manufacturer of photochromic
Medical Inc., a manufacturer of surgical devices
Inc., a manufacturer of pacing lead systems used
in cardiac pacemakers
Corp., a manufacturer of small plastic parts
for medical and inflation industries
Medical, Inc., product development and contract
Health, Inc., manufacturer
of soft gelatin capsules
Infusion Services, Inc., a home infusion pharmaceutical
Inc., a manufacturer
of precision optics and laser crystals for several markets,
including health care.
Star Optics, also a manufacturer of medical and
other lasers, and recipient of the 2002 Pasco Economic Council
new industry award.
companies are often at the cross-roads between research and
commercialization, bringing exciting new developments in life
sciences to the marketplace.
some Tampa Bay examples.
LLC, in Manatee County,
won the 2003 Innovation Award from the Suncoast Technology
Alliance for its new, innovative first-aid powder that stops
bleeding on contact and forms a protective scab. The
product has several niche markets, which includes sports
medicine, occupational health and safety at the worksite,
doctor’s offices and hospitals, and more recently, consumers.
Laboratories is a pharmaceutical company engaged
in the discovery of new drugs for treating infectious diseases
and cancer. The company recently received FDA approval
for Alinia, a new drug designed to treat gastrointestinal
illnesses caused by waterborne parasites, especially those
found in swimming pools, water parks and fountains.
Health Care is developing new non-addictive over-the-counter
products to treat chronic sinus problems caused by mold,
mildew and other irritants.
Micro Patterning develops micro-devices
such as minute circuit boards and sensors that can be used
by medical researchers, marine ocean scientists and in fiber
optic networks. This company is a successful USF spin
off that can miniaturize patterns to as small as 5 microns
for various biotechnology applications.
technology plays an important role in all segments of industry,
including healthcare and medical technology. The Tampa
Bay region is home to several information technology companies
that support the healthcare industry market.
are some examples of Tampa Bay’s innovative information technology
Hillsborough County, Gold
Standard Multimedia is a leading developer of
clinical drug information and medical education software.
GSM’s products are used by the largest retail pharmacy chains
and consultant pharmacy corporations, over 700 hospitals,
major healthcare-related websites and in 95 percent of U.S.
medical and pharmacy schools. The company is ranked
by Deloitte & Touche as one of the 500 fastest growing
technology companies in the country.
also in Hillsborough, provides physician medical practices
with technology and management services, including billing
and collections, business support and information technology.
Management International offers documentation
compliance software for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology,
medical device and similar industries.
Pasco County, Tingley
Systems & Evolutionary Vision Technology
is an information technology company that develops and designs
software for the healthcare industry and other markets.
located in Pinellas County, markets a patient compliance
software system that helps physicians ensure that patients
follow the prescribed treatment plan. The goal is to improve
quality of care, reduce costs and influence patient behavior
with better outcomes.
Health Systems, also in Pinellas County, develops
software to support health care information technology in
the areas of medical necessity compliance, revenue management
and cash protection.
Sarasota County, Netwise
Technologies is a provider of Web-based
collaboration software with various markets. With
partner Quincy Technologies in Atlanta, Netwise has contracted
with medical examiners’ offices around the country to manage
medical examiners’ caseloads
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